Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
If you were to run the skirt board then install the riser like you were talking about squared with the raw end showing, you will see that you will have to cut the skirt board dead accurate or chances are you will have a gap between the skirt and the back of the riser.
You need to cut both the skirt and the riser at a 45° angle to get the look Big Dave is showing. One thing about cutting the 45° angle on the skirt board, if your skirt is on the left side of the stairs you will need a left hand saw to 45 it. A regular saw won't 45 that side. A skirt on the right side of the stairs will take a right hand saw to 45.
Also just a little tip for you, when you mark the skirt board, move the mark about a good 1/16 toward the front so you will have a slight amount of play when nailing the riser to the skirt, any overlap of the angle edges are easily sanded off. The reason I say that is it is hard to get the skirt exactly perfect when marking and by sliding the mark forward toward the front it will give you just a little more to work with.