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looking for tips or tricks to finish this up.

i'm putting cedar fence pickets that have been cut and stained on the wall.
the first picture shows what i did on the first inset. the second shows what i'm dealing with. this inset has the angled ceiling. is there an easy way to mark the angle correctly for the boards that will butt up against the ceiling?
any help would be great appreciated, i'm a little stumped.
thanks a ton in advance,
jon
 

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i dont understand what your talking about from the picture, is it for horizontal boards or are you installing vertical boards in the gable section
 

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Lets see if I can explain this without drawing it out.

First, take a scrap board and tack it to the wall, level or plumb, near the cieling that you need to make the cut fit. Next, hold a board against the ceiling and over the board you tacked to the wall.
Now, use a pencil and scribe a line on the tacked up board using the other board as a straight edge. This will transfer the angle of the ceiling to the wall board.
Take down the board that you tacked up and cut along the line. This will give you a template to use to scribe and cut the other boards you want to put up
 

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Lets see if I can explain this without drawing it out.

First, take a scrap board and tack it to the wall, level or plumb, near the cieling that you need to make the cut fit. Next, hold a board against the ceiling and over the board you tacked to the wall.
Now, use a pencil and scribe a line on the tacked up board using the other board as a straight edge. This will transfer the angle of the ceiling to the wall board.
Take down the board that you tacked up and cut along the line. This will give you a template to use to scribe and cut the other boards you want to put up
this is what i was looking for. thanks danpik.
the scrap board that i tack up, does it matter where as long as i get the angle as a template?
 

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this is what i was looking for. thanks danpik.
the scrap board that i tack up, does it matter where as long as i get the angle as a template?
once you have the angle all other boards will be the same angle and you just pull measurements to the long point of the angle or the short point. you can even figure out what the measurements are for the next piece above from measuring the previous piece below.

another way is to draw the piece/pieces out on the wall and then measure to what you have drawn and then cut to your measurement. be sure and nail the boards to the wall studs...

when you get to the point where the roof angles meet just plumb down from the tip of the point and mark the board on the wall with your aligned ceiling point plumb mark, that will show you where the point is located from side to side and you just need to measure vertically to get those numbers
 
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