I'm installing some oak baseboard moldings, but the floor is not perfectly flat so there are some small gaps in places.
I can fix that by hand planing the baseboard to fit. How hard should I try to make it fit well? I want it to look good, but don't want to spend forever working on this project.
Would 1/32" gaps be fine, or should I try harder?
What would you consider to be an excellent fit?
the solution is to scribe and then plane the bottom of the baseboard .
Fit the board into position , and temporary tack nail it if necessary.
Lay your pencil flat on the floor , checking first to see that the point touches the wood at the highest spot (the widest gap) . Starting at at one end , move it to the other end scribing a line that follows the floor line .
Plane the bottom edge of the baseboard to that line .
It is helpful to plane a slight undercut toward the rear , so the contact point is to the front .
If you have to join this board to another , either a running joint or an internal or external join , factor this into your scribing and planing at those points .
Would 1/32" gaps be fine
If a board only has that tiny amount as it's widest gap , then undercut the whole length of the timber and see it that closes it up .