Step 5: Cut around electrical outlets

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When a board must be notched around an outlet, rest the board’s bottom edge on the upper lip of the outlet box. Hold it tight against the previous board and mark the board where it meets the corner of the outlet.

Hold the same board alongside the outlet so the board’s top edge touches the layout line. Mark the board’s edge where it touches the top and bottom of the outlet.

With a combination square, draw horizontal lines out from the marks on the side and connect them to a vertical line running up from the bottom mark. The connected lines outline the notch where the outlet will go.

Cut out the notch with a jigsaw, then glue and nail the board as in Step 3.

Repeat on opposite side of the outlet, if necessary.

Tip: “When cutting boards with a jigsaw, use a metal-cutting blade to reduce splintering.”
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    Tools List

    • drill
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    • two-foot level
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    • pencil compass
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      for scribing
    • coping saw
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    • biscuit joiner
      Biscuit joiner
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • nailset
      Nail set
    • caulk gun
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    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • combination square
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    • 16-foot tape measure
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    • block plane
      Block plane
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • hammer
      Hammer,
      16 oz.
    • table saw
      Table saw
    • miter saw
      Power miter saw

    Shopping List

    1. BEADBOARD WAINSCOTING

    2. CONSTRUCTION ADHESIVE

    3. CAP RAIL

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    4. OGEE MOLDING



    5. BASEBOARD MOLDING

    6. CAP MOLDING

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    8. FINNISHING NAILS

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    9. 3/4-INCH BRADS

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