Question by  Requin (290)

What are the real dimensions of 2x6 lumber?

I know it's a little bigger, but I can't remember how much.


Answer by  kateg1946 (30)

The real dimensions of 2X6 lunber are 1 1/2 X 5 1/2 inches. The 2X6s are first sawn to 2 inches by six inches. Then they are either seasoned or kiln dried. The next step is to plane all four sides to smooth out saw marks. This brings the dimensions down to 1 1/2" X 5 1/2 inches.


Answer by  Mable (3008)

Standardized lumber sizes are referred to as "nominal" and "actual" dimensions. "Nominal" is the size used to name the lumber -- in this case, 2 x 6. "Actual" refers to the measurements of the finished lumber. In this case, 2 x 6 lumber actually (or really) measures 2 1/2 x 5 1/2.

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