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#1 posted 01-24-2018 01:37 PM

A couple things to keep in mind:

Dimensional lumber, or construction lumber, is different – if your buying 2×4’s they are sold by the linear foot, and they are not actually the dimensions stated (a 2×4 is 1.5”x3.5”.)

For hardwood, the thickness is nominal, so if your buying hardwood that has been surfaced on 2 sides (S2S), the thickness will be less than the nominal size listed (say 7/8” think for a 4/4 board) but you pay for the full 4/4. The place I used to buy from I was lucky if I could get a 4/4 board that was actually 3/4” thick.

-- John

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