Lumber thickness is often stated in terms of increments of 1/4". What is
the proper syntax for this terminology? For example, a piece of lumber that
is "5/4". Is that "One and One Quarter" or "Five Quarters" or "Five
Fourths" or simply "Five-Four"?
Specifically, with no 's'.
Also, it is a unit of measure used to describe Rough cut lumber. Generally,
real-word dimensions (i.e., inch and a quarter) are used to describe stock
which competely dressed (jointed and planed to finished thickeness).
I stand corrected.
That seems so odd to me. The quarter nomenclature makes sense to me in the
context of rough stock because it would be meaningless to refer to it by
using a smaller unit of measure given the inherent variations of the
product. Sheet good are much more consistent (Borg ply not withstanding).
Sorry, I wasn't trying to correct you, merely commenting on what I've always
thought to be an interesting practice dimensioning a "wood" product used in
An unexpected 1/4" can loom large in some circumstances.
Ain't that the truth. When I built my addition, the beam that traversed the
garage (and holds up my shop floor) came in at 12.25" high. I was told it
would be 12". The beam was placed in a socket of the wall framing, but the
wall had not yet been capped. It only became aparent that there was a
problem when that last 2x6 was placed on top, that the beam was 1/4" proud
of the rest of the wall.
The simple fix would have been to just make the whole wall 1/4 higher.
Unfortunately it was a Sunday, I did not have any 1/4" anything on hand and
did not want to waste a whole day (a very valuable day because there was
free labor on hand). We ended up shimming up the beam by 3/16 and using 7/16
OSB (cheap and more importantly, on hand) to bring the total wall height
flush with the beam.
Sure can. I bought some 1 x 10 pine (I guess) at Lowe's a few days ago for a
project. I needed 3/4 x 9-3/8. Yeah. Right. I got 3/4 (sort of) x 9 and a
very shy 9-1/4. Fortunately, I could redraw the plans, but I guess these
days if you want a real .75 x 9.25 board, you buy a 2 x 12 and work it down
to size. That way, I might have gotten a usable section. Or, I guess, I
could have bought their premium white wood 1 x 12. It wasn't great, but it
wasn't badly cupped, and had fewer knots (hard not to have fewer).
I have to head up to my local sawmill and see if he'll lay me up some SYP,
along with some wider red oak. He doesn't often get white pine. This is
ridiculous. more than $1.10 a linear foot for a 1x10 that is 80% scrap. I'm
far better off paying $1.50 for a 1x10x8' board and seasoning it myself.
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