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Old 09-11-2008, 04:26 PM   #21
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Simple answer...

Go metric!!!

*runs and hides*
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:45 PM   #22
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Meh, there's nobody in the industry who doesn't understand that it's just a naming convention. The entire construction trade is based around this; things like how thick insulation is to properly fit into a wall cavity. Nobody's "taking advantage" of anything, it's just how things are and have been and will be.
Not really. I am a carpenter, 51 years old. I have noticed over time that planed sizes are shrinking from what they used to be. They are reducing the nominal size and gaining that tiny bit extra. I have noticed that 2X4 sawn is now 1/4 smaller compared to the timber in my 1912 house, which is all exactly 2X4.

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Old 09-15-2008, 11:41 AM   #23
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If the problem is that the wood isn't big enough for the hinges and you need a full 4" for them to fit, it leads me to believe you have 4x4 hinges. It may be cheaper and easier to swap those out for 3.5x3.5 hinges. Or even 3x3. These are very common sizes and can be found at any hardware store or Home Depot.
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:54 PM   #24
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You're not alone, I took Technical Theatre I & II here at college and one of our tests was this:

Write the actual dimensions of the following lumber:
2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 2x10, 2x12, 1x4, 1x6, 1x8, 1x10, 1x12

The class average was 51%....(And we had covered the measurements in class!)
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Old 09-18-2008, 03:30 AM   #25
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Old 09-18-2008, 03:41 AM   #26
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What if you went to the store and bought a gallon of milk only to find out it wasn't a gallon? Or bought tires of a certain size only to find out they weren't that size? Or business shirts.

Just rambling... pay no attention to me.
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Old 09-18-2008, 06:26 PM   #28
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What if you went to the store and bought a gallon of milk only to find out it wasn't a gallon? Or bought tires of a certain size only to find out they weren't that size? Or business shirts.

Just rambling... pay no attention to me.

How many times do you find a large shirt that is way too big or way too small?
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well - I guess that's my point!

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Old 09-18-2008, 09:07 PM   #30
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Lowe's hardware.... I built some bookshelves with 3/4 inch oak plywood. Very nice, cut some 1/8" strips of solid oak to cover the front of the ply. Used dado cuts for the shelves, and cut the sides for a second unit to be built in a few weeks.

I went back to get a sheet of the plywood, they only have 18mm. The guy is like that's 3/4 inch plywood, it's the same thing. I show him by measuring it that it is not. WTF. Now I will be driving around trying to find 3/4 oak plywood for something close to reasonable pricing, or scrap the side pieces that I already cut the dados in.

I like the metric system, but they have 2x4s, 1/2 inch ply, 1" hardwood boards, etc. and 18mm oak plywood. The maple was still 3/4"

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