Robert Clark

Carpentry tip please

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Hi Guys

 

Im replacing the rotten timber cladding on my shed with composite cladding.

 

What is the best way to measure and cut the cladding to get a nice tight fit against the sloping roof?

 

As you can probably guess, carpentry isn’t my best skill.

 

Thanks 

 

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Have you got a sliding bevel???

 

https://www.screwfix.com/p/magnusson-sliding-bevel-300mm-11/8662v

On your last full board put the bevel on top of it and set it to suit the angle in your roof.

Then you measure from the wall to where the board will touch the roof, set your bevel and then Mark on the new board a line up giving you the pitch of your roof.

Then it's up to how straight you can cut.

It's easier to cut the plumb cut straight so if the board you need is 1800mm then measure at 1850mm. Mark with your bevel and cut. If your happy with how your cut looks , nice and straight, then cut the plumb bit that goes against the wall and that's it done. If your not happy then the extra 50mm will give you a chance to sort that out. After 1 or 2 cuts you will get the hang of it and not need so much of a safety net and hopefully be able to do just the 2 cuts. Hopefully!!

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or get some cardboard and make a template

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The carpenter who did our cladding was very good and very skilled.

 

What surprised me was that he cut every single board slightly too big, 10mm or so, checked it and then did a second cut that was always spot on. It added a few minutes for each board having to cut them twice but there were no mistakes and the results were excellent. 

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You can cut each board to the length of the one below it, hold it in position then holding another bit of timber underneath the roofing mark a line. If you make this bit of timber the right size it will give you the right size cut for your board to sit in the right spot

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Keep the first piece of cladding that has the angle on it and use it as a template. The angle should be the same all the way up. Once you have the first piece cut and are happy with the fit, get the 2nd piece and lay it on the first one with the left side flush. Then you can mark the 2nd board off the first on the short point of the angle, that then becomes the start of the long point on the next board. Hope that makes sense? 

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