Step 5: Assemble the Roof: Cut the Roof Pieces

Assemble the Roof by Cutting the Roof Pieces to Build a Fold-Down Murphy Bar
Photo: Laura Moss
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The roof consists of two pieces cut at 12-degree angles where they meet at the peak. It's easiest to use a dual-compound miter saw. But to make the cuts with a circular saw, first set a bevel gauge to 12 degrees, and mark that angle on the short edge of the board. By eye, adjust the blade angle to that mark and lock the shoe in place. Clamp one roof blank hanging off your work surface and crosscut the end, as shown. Repeat the process for the other roof board.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Countersink bit
      1/16-inch countersink bit
    • brad nailer
      Brad nailer
    • sliding T-bevel
      Bevel gauge
    • straight edge
      Straightedge
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • router
      Router with ¾-inch straight-cut bit
    • Doweling Jig
      -inch doweling jig from rockler.com
    • Drill bit
      -inch twist bit
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips screwdriver
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter square
    • two-foot level
      Level

    Shopping List

    1x4 cedar Get three 10-footers for the slats.

    1x8 cedar Get two 10-footers for the box pieces and the gable ends.

    1x10 cedar Get one 8-footer for the roof and top pieces.

    5/4x4 cedar Get one 10-footer for the door frame.

    -by-2-inch spiral-cut wood dowels

    1½-inch brad nails

    1¼-inch deck screws

    3-inch deck screws

    -inch brass screws for the door slats

    brass or stainless-steel hinges, latch, shutter pulls, Quick Links, and chain exterior-grade wood glue