How to Cut Baseboard on the Wall

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How to cut baseboard when it’s in place on the wall so you can remove a portion to place built ins or to remove a section in the way for DIY projects.

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One of the major irritations for adding built ins to our home has been cutting off baseboard so it won’t interfere with placing the backs of cabinets or shelves.

When we built our first DIY entertainment center, we removed the baseboard and built a base. To avoid removing the baseboards when we built our second built-ins, we created a “floating” DIY TV stand (technically the cabinets have feet).

For our laundry room shelving, I knew I’d need to cut the baseboard to make it look RIGHT. My friend Scottie at Saved By Scottie suggested using Ryobi’s Job Plus tool.

Game. Changer.

It was fun, exact, and it did the PERFECT job for me! Let me show you how it’s done!

How to Remove Baseboard from Your Wall

This is a super quick and easy project.

Supplies to Remove a Chunk of Baseboard

First, I put assembled my Job Plus tool with the black wood blade. Please check your user manual for instructions on assembling the tool.

Take a scrap piece of your trim to make sure the width of the cut is correct. Hold it in place above the baseboard and mark on either side at the top.

Move the trim piece down so it’s centered between those two marks. Make sure it’s level. Use a pencil to draw a straight line on either side of the trim. This gives you a line to follow with your Job Plus.

Drawing the lines for where the trim will go. I need to remove this portion of baseboard to insert the trim for my laundry shelves.

Now that your mark is drawn, you can use your Job Plus to cut along the line. You gently place the tip of the blade on the line and LIGHTLY press; I sort of held it there and let it do its job. DO NOT press hard. As the tool works, you’ll feel some give… this is a good indication to move your blade up, down, or in.

Baseboard cut in two neat lines on wall.

When you cut through the wood of the baseboard, you’ll feel a difference. You ideally don’t want to cut into the drywall behind the baseboard so don’t go any further. I am covering the area with trim so it’s not a big deal if a bit of the drywall gets nicked.

Once you get both lines cut with the tool, you’ll need to cut lightly at the top of the baseboard to separate it from the wall. You may be able to just use a knife or other sharp edged tool to pry it away.

Remove the cut of baseboard and you’re ready to go! This was SUPER easy. I’m excited to have a tool that will work for this job; removing baseboard is a stressful and time consuming part of putting in built-ins.

Here’s a video showing the process:

I’ll need to caulk these in quite a few areas but that’s a job for another day! I’ll show that job when I put together the full project video.

Make sure to keep an eye out for my small laundry room update! In the meantime, you can check out my other built-in projects:

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How to remove baseboard LIKE A BOSS. Trim inserted in a section that has been cut in the baseboard.

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