How To Make a Baseboard Step Down Detail + Bonus Trim Tips

 How To Make a Baseboard Step Down Detail + Bonus Trim Tips

How To Make a Baseboard Step Down Detail + Bonus Trim Tips

Learn how to make a baseboard step down detail for where two different flooring thicknesses meet.  I hope you find this instructional episode helpful in your next trim project.  Depending on flooring types, height differences can be fairly common so knowing how to deal with those differences when installing baseboard is helpful.  You can find links and more information about all the tools I used below:

Bosch CM8S 8 1/2" Miter Saw
Portamate PM7000 Saw Station
Freud 60 Tooth 8 1/2" Blade
Bosch VAC090S Dust Extractor
Starrett Angle Finder
Elipse Dust Mask
i-Vac Remote Vacuum Switch
Collins Miter Clamps
Pica Mechanical Pencil
LePage 10 Min. Wood Glue

Veritas Precision Square
The Multi Purpose Table

The Bosch CM8S has become my favorite miter saw for using on site.  After lugging around heavier saws over the years the Bosch is light weight at 37 lbs but it also very capable and accurate.  The Portamate PM7000 saw station is a great companion to CM8S with some great features and accessories.  I use a Freud 60 tooth fine cut blade on my Bosch CM8S for clean and precise cuts.

For dust control I use a Bosch VAC090S dust extractor which has plenty of suction power for effective dust collection on a variety of tools.  You can watch my full review of the VAC090S here.

To turn the dust extractor on and off I like to use an i-Vac switch so that I have complete control over the operation.  Some tools I will plug into the VAC090S and use it's auto activation feature but for the miter saw I prefer the i-Vac switch.  For respiratory protection my favorite mask is the Elipse dust respirator.  It's very effective and also very comfortable.

For working in the shop or on site, the Multi Purpose Table (MPT) is a very versatile and portable solution.  To learn more about how the MPT works or to purchase plans and instructions to build your own, click here.

Three tools that I find indispensable for trim work are my Starrett angle finder, Collins miter clamps and Veritas precision square.  I use the angle finder to measure the angle for every miter joint to ensure a perfect joint.  It makes it quick and easy to find the exact angle to set the saw to.  I pre-assemble all of my joints with the Collins miter clamps which give tight, strong joints.  The Veritas square is a very handy tool for all kinds of layout and measurement work and easily fits in a pocket.

For glue I like the LePage 10 minute quick dry wood glue.  There are some applications where I will use the two part instant glue but for most trim work I have come to prefer the 10 minute wood glue.  There are no harmful vapors from it, it's more forgiving to work with since there is a longer open time and I find it makes for a stronger joint.