Skirting – Mitred vs Scribed Internal Corners?

Hi all,

Going to be doing some skirting board in our house soon.

We'll be using this exact square-edge v-groove skirting:
https://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-V-Groove-White-MDF-Skirting---18-x-119-x-4200mm/p/252506

I know most chippies opt to butt one piece of skirting into the wall, and the other piece would be scribed into it. This has no doubt come out of when natural timber shrinks a smidge post installation.

However, is this still the case with modern MDF skirting?

I think scribing looks and performs great on a profiled skirting (e.g. torus, ogee), but wonder whether it'll look a little weird on this square-edged skirting? The only thing that'll be scribed would be the little v-groove detail, haha! And I'm sure some chippies wouldn't even bother doing that at all. So despite is being "scribed", it's also effectively a butt joint... of which, you'll see that join from the top.

What would you do folks?

At 03:15, this video demonstrates a scribed joint on a square-edged v-groove skirting quite well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQl32MHgZaA

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  • FreeBear
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    paperclap said: The only thing that'll be scribed would be the little v-groove detail, haha! And I'm sure some chippies wouldn't even bother doing that at all. So despite is being "scribed", it's also effectively a butt joint... of which, you'll see that join from the top.

    What would you do folks?
    There is also a small chamfer along the top edge. A scribed joint, done well serves two purposes - It hides any errors in cutting boards to exact lengths, and also allows for out of square walls.
    What would I do - It is only MDF. Cut it square, and then slap a bit of filler in. Once painted, no one will notice.

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  • In the U.K. we don’t mitre skirting as you would need to bisect each internal mitre  because it’s highly unlikely you will have any at 90 degrees which is a bit of a faff, it’s bad enough on the externals!
    It would also be a pain to scribe so you can do as Freebear suggested a lot of chippies do this, or what I do is cut a small rebate, this keeps skirting square and groove continuous.
     It’s only a mm or two but on finish work I think it matters!
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  • paperclap
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    Mornin’ all

    I’ve managed to find two offcuts from the architrave, which shares the exact same profile.

    So this is what we’d be looking at.

    So, you’d simply butt joint it, and fill the top line in with filler, and not bother about scribing the little profile?


  • Run a pencil line where the boards meet and cut a rebate the thickness of the round over.

    Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You're making a scene.'
  • Sorry, not sure if I’m being dumb… but not understanding what you mean  :|
  • You’re not being dumb at all, I’m not great at explaining things, where the skirting meets cut a groove the thickness of the round over at the top of skirting out.
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