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Scribe-fitting laminate flooring

Posted by David on April 6th, 2003 01:17 AM
In reply to scribing laminate wood flooring by Pam on April 5th, 2003 09:19 PM [Go to top of thread]

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Pam, if this is a "floating" laminate flooring such as Pergo, not nailed down, the job shouldn't be too tough, as most of these floors generally require an expansion gap of 1/4" be left around the perimeter which then is covered by a quarter round or similar trim. At doorways, the door jambs are undercut, to allow the flooring to slide under the jamb & hide the gap. But, nailed or floating, the scribe process is the same, except that with the floating floor the trim allows more latitude for miscuts.

As an example, let's say you are going to scribe-fit a plank to the front of a cabinet & it also wraps the end of the cabinet:

After you've installed, or temporarily placed, the last full-width row of plank you can use in front of the cabinet, lay the plank to be scribed on top of the last row, in line end-to-end with where it will be installed, and slide it up to contact the edge of the cabinet. Measure the overlap of the plank at both ends (the distance the PLANKS overlap each other, not the space to be filled), and adjust the angle of the filler plank until both ends measure the same; tape the ends of the plank down, or be very careful not to move it from it's parallel position. Set a compass scribe to match the measurement of overlap, adding 1/4" for gap if needed, then keeping the scribe square to the face, slide the scribe along the face of the cabinet, transferring the line and/or contour(s) of the front to the surface of the fill-in plank. Where you come to the end of the cabinet, extend the cabinet end line straight forward onto the plank with a straightedge, again remembering to add the 1/4" gap if needed. Before moving the plank, look at your marks & check your work; the best advice ever given out for getting it right without wasting material is "Measure twice; cut once". Now cut your plank to your marks.

If your working in a space that won't accomodate a compass scribe, like a toe-kick, you can improvise with a number of things, including a piece of stiff cardboard with a hole punched for a pencil at the proper distance, then sliding the cardboard along the toe-kick face.

There you have it, Pam. Start out with some simple ones & once you've done a couple you'll have the technique down enough to take on scribing right around the napping family pet. Good luck!

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