How to Cut a Baseboard Corner without a Miter Saw

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  March 20, 2022
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Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or take a more professional approach to carpentry, a miter saw is a very handy tool to have in your workshop. It allows you to take on a wide variety of projects such as flooring, remodeling, to even cutting baseboard corners.

However, if you require cutting baseboard but do not have a miter saw, there is no reason to worry. In this handy article, we will give you a few simple and easy ways to cut baseboard corners without a miter saw so that you do not get stuck in the middle of your project.


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Cutting Baseboard Corners with A Circular Saw

The first method will require you to use a circular saw. Compared to the miter saw, a circular saw is a lot versatile. The best part about using a circular saw is that you can use it for both wide profile baseboard corners and low ones. In addition, you can also make a square or straight bevel cut with this tool without any trouble.


Here are the steps to cutting baseboard corners with a circular saw.

How to Cut Baseboard Corners with a Hand Saw

Although a circular saw gives you a good alternative to cutting baseboards without a miter saw, not everyone has access to this tool. A hand saw, on the other hand, is much more common equipment to have in any household. And thankfully, you can use it too, although the steps might be a bit trickier.

To cut baseboard corners using a hand saw, you will need an adjustable bevel, some wood glue and wood screws, a carpenter’s square, and two pieces of lumber (1X6 and 1X4). You also need a screwdriver to drive the screws through the wood. The best thing about this method, however, is that you can use any type of handsaw you have available in your house at the moment.


The steps to cutting baseboard corner with a hand saw are:

Alternatively, you can buy a miter box from the shot that can make it a lot easier to cut the wood in the right shape. A miter box comes with different slots on each side to offer you a hassle-free cutting experience.

Additional Tips

As you already know, every corner of the house is not exactly square. And if you do the typical 45-degree cut on each side of the board, they don’t typically match up.


The technique I’m going to show you works whether it’s a shorter profile, a taller profile, or a split profile. Now, one of the ways you can install an inside corner baseboard is to cut both the boards straight 45-degree.

It will work most of the time but not always. It’s not the preferred way to do it. However, if you join these two together and you put it together, and if it’s truly a 90-degree corner, you’re going to get a tight joint.

The problem is that most walls are not 90 degrees. They are either wider or smaller, so if it is less than 90 degrees, it is going to create a gap at the backside of the joint.

The solution is called “Coping.” Now, I’m not going to go through the details here. You will find tons of videos out on the internet.

Final Thoughts

A miter saw is one of the best tools to use when you are cutting baseboard corners for your room.  But with our handy guide, you can still move on with your projects if you do not have a miter saw at your home. We hope you found our article to be informative and helpful for your purpose.

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new equipment, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.
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