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Old 12-10-2017, 08:50 PM   #1
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I'd like to hear how you guys solve the very specific problems related to scribing.
I got paid the other day to scribe some baseboard in a custom closet that had a wavy floor. Modern look, so there was no shoe. Had to be tight. I did it, like I always do, but it got me thinking that I'd love to see how other people skin this cat.

So please, if you don't mind, tell me exactly how you scribe.

For this base I just did, I cut the piece to length then laid it in place. Shimmed both ends of the board up to the height of my pencil point. Scribed.
Doing the cutting I always end up doing a "whatever works" combination of table saw to rough cut, then plane/belt sander/router/jigsaw to make it nice.
Another thing I run into is that I lean the wrong way when I'm leaning over a piece making a cut, so I always have to go back and really back cut the piece to get the leading edge to sit on the floor tight.

Is there a Festool ScribeMax or something that I can just leave in the room alone while I go drink coffee in the driveway?
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I just do the same thing.. Set it to height /width, scribe, and then use whatever tool I think will do the best job. Might be a table saw, skilsaw, or jigsaw or sander. But if I really need to get the leading edge tight, I'll hit it with a rasp or a flap disk on a grinder.
The only thing I've used to speed up the process is different scribing tools.
Accuscribe for scribes against flat surfaces, compass for irregular.


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Razor or ink scribe. Masking tape on the piece being scribed.

Thing A Ma Jig

http://razorscribe.com

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Depends on if you want it to go with the flow of the floor or to be level. Level is always easiest because you have a line to scribe to. Going with the flow of the room can be a bit harder, because your start and finish may not meet.

I use the standard $3 scribe you can get at the hardware store. If you are going for level then you shim the boards out and scribe. If you are going with the flow of the room then you just balance it out so it looks like it parallels the floor and scribe to the largest space.

For large material removal I use a jigsaw. If it's a prefinished part I'll use tape on the surface the saw will ride on to prevent scratches. If it's a small material removal I'll use my PC 2 1/2"x14" belt sander. I'll finish the jigsawed edge with the belt sander too.
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I don't think I can get too much instruction on this subject. Don't do a lot, but need to be ready.

Did 2 in the last 6 months. Both only 1 shot at it...

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I own one of these and only break it out for Log work or particularly tough situations.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...&p=41144&cat=1

Usually use the compass from a high school math set or just a pencil when I can't find the compass.
I like to masking tape the surface I am marking and typically use a belt sander. Add some back cut and work to the leading edge line on the tape.
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I do this a bunch of ways. Most common is a regular compass, assuming a pencil mark is going to be accurate anough. If a pencil mark isn't good enough, I'll use a blade for marking.

Probably the most difficult scribing situation is replacing an old school simple shelf on cleats in an old under stair storage area with lumpy plaster walls on 3 sides. The existing side cleats stay in place to keep from causing plaster damage.

If it has to be a single board, it will be multiple scribe and cut operations to ease it in place, and the back edge gets scribed top edge and bottom edge, and angle cut from both the top and bottom faces.
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These are always fun.

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bought the SimpleScribe tool a few months ago and waiting for a job to use it on. The LV scribe looks handy.
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Excellent responses. Thanks, guys.

I love seeing this stuff.

Leo, what was that for? I once got paid to do something extremely similar for a showroom display. They wanted me to cut out mdf to look like Martian mountains. Came out almost identical to that piece.
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Check out the profiler+ scribe from Britain...simplistically beautiful.

https://scribe-tool.com/
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Excellent responses. Thanks, guys.

I love seeing this stuff.

Leo, what was that for? I once got paid to do something extremely similar for a showroom display. They wanted me to cut out mdf to look like Martian mountains. Came out almost identical to that piece.
It was a chimney made out of lots of roundish rocks.
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Scribing is a skill learned over time. The more you do it the better you get. Starting level gives you the best results. Holding the scribe Square is going to help you the most.
I can scribe baseboard to a floor where it dies into a flooring nosing.

I can scribe a cupola apron.

And scribe large sheet material to a sloped slab.

If you are scribbling trim into stone, and it's new construction, your site super sucks.
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All you need is this.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...35,42936,71708
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Scribing is a skill learned over time. The more you do it the better you get.
Agreed. I find myself in the position maybe once a year. Twice max.

It always works. I mean, I wouldn't have gotten paid if it didn't, but I'm always left feeling like somebody better could definitely show up, do it 5 times as fast, and look a lot more confident while doing it.
This last one I did was real weird, had a miter on either end, had to be dead on to go under the drawers of a built in, and over the gap to lap onto the bottom of the piece. No shoe either, so I had to swish it with just the base. The closet guy who hired me to do it is just standing there behind me. "What are you waiting for?" "I'm waiting for you to leave so I can stare at this thing for 20 minutes in peace to make sure I'm not screwing this up. Duh."
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For that I use a Veritas, (as mentioned prior) lot of good information here, I will be getting me some RazorScribes, they look like they would work good,

I also have contour gage I'll use in some situations
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Accuscribe when I can find it or a block of wood, on flat surfaces. Stone and irregular surfaces are much more of a challange. I've had varying levels of success using a compass when I've needed to.

Often find myself needing to scribe casing legs in renos that won't fit as doors are often too close to the corner.

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