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Metropropolis
09-02-2016, 11:03 PM
The domination of this dimension,
an oddball outside of beekeeping,
has always intrigued me.

Was 7/8" a more common dimension in a previous era?

How did it come to become a standard for beekeeping woodenware?

AR Beekeeper
09-03-2016, 04:51 AM
If you are talking about the thickness of the boards that supers are made from, yes, 7/8 inch was the standard thickness for dressed lumber prior to 1961. It was reduced to 3/4 inches either by government standards requirement or by the lumber industry agreeing to the reduction because of the quality of timber being harvested.

Rader Sidetrack
09-03-2016, 06:18 AM
Originally, 1x lumber was 1 inch actual thickness. But that was when lumber typically came from small, local mills and planing lumber was not a standard practice. As railroad networks grew, so did the size of lumber mills and regional transportation of lumber. Then lumber size standardization came about. And that standardization evolved over time.

A history of lumber sizes ....
http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/misc/miscpub_6409.pdf