Lumber Selection: Nominal Size vs. Actual Size
You ever wonder why you bring home a 2x4 lumber only to find out that it's about 1.5" thick and 3.5" wide?
That's because lumber is identified by its nominal size in the stores. The nominal size, which is the rough dimensions before trimming at the lumber mill.
To make your home improvement job easier, refer to the following chart for the nominal sizes and their equivalent actual sizes.
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