As a production finish carpenter, I'm always looking for faster, better ways to get the work done. Over the last two years, my crew and I have developed a method for building coffered ceilings in a fraction of the time it used to take — and with a fraction of the frustration.

In the past, we would try to get onto a new-construction job before the insulation contractor so we could install blocking between the ceiling joists for coffered ceiling beams. On remodels, we used to have to open up the drywall to install blocking for the runs that were parallel to the ceiling joists. What a mess that was! I also remember...

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