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Posted on Shiplap to the ceiling, but ceiling isn't level - thoughts?

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#1 posted 05-26-2017 07:42 PM

I’m not entirely sure on the gap – After I got the mantel done and the peanut gallery (wife and my dad) got to view it from a distance, we all thought the mantel was slightly out of level. Upon putting a level on it, it was dead on, so after I got defending my workmanship, we quick and dirty measured the ceiling at both ends of the mantel and I believe my dad said he was getting 3/4”. Now he was just doing it quickly with a tape measure and was measuring to the front of the mantel (so the hypotenuse really). I’ll have to measure it more closely this evening, but for sure it’s not perfect because I can tell standing far enough back.

I’m not sure what the story pole is (assuming you mean the vertical frame) but the consensus here and from my coworkers is to intentionally install each lap board unlevel so when I get to the top, it mates well. Sounds doable. I’d really like to try avoiding cutting the top board at an odd incline if possible. I’m hoping my dad (who is as far from a woodworker as humanly possible) just didn’t measure it well and it’s something that can be easily dealt with. The house was built in 2006 and there is no cracks from settling and I never noticed it before when the old mantel was there, so maybe it’s not as extreme as I’m fearing.

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