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diaz1109 11-07-2012 07:43 PM

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I'm installing faux ceiling. I'm using 3 8'x10' boards for each beam. I'm having trouble figuring out the slope of the ceiling so I can cut the side boards to fit right up to the ceiling. Can anyone please tell me how to do this?

Keith Mathewson 11-07-2012 07:45 PM

So what are you asking?

diaz1109 11-07-2012 08:46 PM

How do u figure out the slope or angle of the ceiling so I can transfer to boards

joecaption 11-07-2012 08:50 PM

Or make you own longer one out of plywood, a bolt and a wing nut.

hand drive 11-07-2012 09:26 PM

out of curiosity, how do you plan to attach them? I'd consider 1xs instead...

joecaption 11-07-2012 09:34 PM

I attach 2 X 6's to the ceiling, use screws to attach them, build my boxes and slide them over the 2X's and then finish nails in the side to hold them up.

diaz1109 11-08-2012 08:36 AM

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Yes thank u but I know how to attach it to the ceiling. I just cannot get the right angle the pic I included was my first cut with negative results. I used a protractor to get the angle. I placed one half of the protractor on the flare part of my ceiling and the other on the sloping part. Should I do it from the wall to the ceiling?

joecaption 11-08-2012 08:55 AM

Whole lot cheaper to make your templates out of drywall or 1/4" louon.
It should not matter, the angle will be the same.
That's some really wide wood if that's what you plan on using for those beams in that small a room with that low a ceiling.
1 X 6's would have looked better.

diaz1109 11-08-2012 09:53 AM

No it's the camera effect the room is bigger then it looks 6x1 would of been to small so I went with 8x1 and I'm putting three up.

GBrackins 11-08-2012 10:50 AM

a tool like this would provide you with the angle layout

shootermcg2 11-08-2012 04:07 PM

I agree with the previous commentor with the drywall template idea. It'll probably be fast and more accurate to use trial and error to get that angle correct than it is to worry about protractors. There are faux wood beam installation videos here:, but don't know if they show a method to decipher angles. Good luck!

GBrackins 11-08-2012 04:39 PM

I'd pull a string from top of wall (where the ceiling slopes) over to the opposite wall and then measure the angle between the string and the sloped ceiling

Keith Mathewson 11-08-2012 06:55 PM

You are trying to find the "triangle" in the room. There are a few ways to do it.

- Do what has already been suggested and make a large protractor out of two pieces of thin material.

- cut a number of door-skins into 3" strips, get a hot glue gun and make a template

- pull a string-line from wall to wall at the springline, drop a plumb bob at the level to rake point on the ceiling and measure any two legs.

- cut a piece of wood at 12", hold it level then measure the distance to the ceiling. Use the same numbers on a framing square to transfer to board.


hand drive 11-08-2012 09:04 PM

a quick method to find that angle is to use a 2x4 block about 16" or 24". this block serves as the beam. hold a 2 foot level on the block to get it level and rest one corner of the block against the sloped ceiling, now use another 24" 2x4 placed against the sloped ceiling and rested against the side of the level block- scribe with a pencil the angle onto where the sloped block crosses the level block. now use a speed square and read the angle on the level block, this is your angle. I would check both sloped ceilings and check it where each beam lands. I use this method to find roof pitches while over framing...

diaz1109 11-08-2012 10:15 PM

Thanks everyone i will keep everyone posted on my project and what method I decide to use.

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