Step 5: Scribe the Perimeter Crossbeams.

scribing a perimeter crossbeam
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Measure between the main perimeter beams at each end of the room. On a miter saw, cut two 1x6s 3 inches too long. Using the deadman, hold a rough-cut board overlapping the main beams at each end, and mark where it crosses a beam at one end, as shown. To mark its back edge, lay the board face to the wall. Use a straightedge to connect the front and back marks, creating a scribe line. Scribe one end of the other beam, too.
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    • 30-foot tape measure
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    • 1/8-inch drill bit
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    • drill
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    • pneumatic finish nailer
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