One of my favorite parts of framing a house is doing the interior-detail pickup framing — elements like arches, barrel vaults, and coffered ceilings. In this article, I'll show a simple method for framing a hipped tray ceiling — a ceiling that looks like the underside of a hip roof except that it's flat on top.

There's nothing unusual about this shape, but we've gotten the process down to the point where we can lay it out quickly and hand most of the work off to the less experienced carpenters on the crew.

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