Inches measures

A woodworking project in inches?

Carefully read this section!


First, a project planned in inches

Let's suppose that you wish to build a picnic table with lumbers sized in inches.

You go to your favorite store to buy the wood, for example the classical 2"x4".

But lumbers hide their real sizes

Indeed! Be aware that 2"x4" represents the nominal size of wood, which is not its real size : your lumber is actually smaller, with a section of 1-1/2"x3-1/2" only.

So, which measurements does Woodself provide?

Woodself gives you the real sizes in all plans.

More precisely: if you need a beam measuring 1-1/2"x3-3/2"x12" (actual), you have to buy a 2"x4" lumber, 12" long (nominal). Quite easy, isn't it?

Let's summarize:

Refer to the table just here: it reports the conversions of main sizes used in woodworking projects.

By the way: 1" = 2.54 cm


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