Let's take a simple rectangular 16' x 12' deck to illustrate the point. Most often you would finish off your framing with a fascia board across the front of the joists as shown.

Next the deck boards would be installed, with the final board ripped to width, like below. The result is a sloppy looking finish to an otherwise well constructed deck.

Instead of installing the fascia board before laying deck boards switch it up and leave the fasia off. Before decking, your framing should look something like this.

Install deck boards until you are about two boards from where you want to end up, usually about 12`` from the end of the joists.

Now measure the width of the last two deck boards with your tape measure butting up against the front of the third deck board. In this case, including the gap, we have 11 1/2".

Transfer the measurement (11 1/2" in this case) less the width of the fascia board, 1 1/2", onto each outside joist as shown (10" is now the magic number). Snap a chalk line across these two points and use a square to mark one side of each joist.

Cut each joist along your marks and you are ready for the fascia board!

Now you can install your fascia board, followed by the last two deck boards. And my goodness, it looks like the last board ends flush with the fascia!

Now you're done and looking fantastic! Well, except for the trim, the skirting, the railing, the steps, the privacy screen, the pergola...

Other than that though, it does look a darn sight better than when we started!

Framing to Fit

Although it doesn’t apply in every situation, you can usually frame your deck such that you end up with a full width board at the end. This will result in a very professional appearance to finish off the deck. Truth is even some professionals don`t build this way, but it is a simple, subtle touch that will show your true craftsmanship on your deck!

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