Beekeepers have an interest in 'nominal' lumber sizes - threads sometimes revolve around the issue of a 1x10 board not being 'tall' enough to make a deep hive body (which requires a 9 5/8" board). So I laughed when I saw this article:
Of course, whatever the outcome of this lawsuit, actual lumber sizes are very unlikely to change.MILWAUKEE — Two home improvements stores are accused of deceiving the buyers of four-by-four boards, the big brother to the ubiquitous two-by-four.
The alleged deception: Menards and Home Depot (HD) market and sell the hefty lumber as four-by-fours without specifying that the boards actually measure 3˝ inches by 3˝ inches.
The lawsuits against the retailers would-be class actions, filed within five days of each other in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys from the same Chicago law firm represent the plaintiffs in both cases. Each suit seeks more than $5 million.
“Defendant has received significant profits from its false marketing and sale of its dimensional lumber products,” the action against Menards contends.
If you'd like to see a reference for current nominal vs actual sizing for "1x", 2x" and on up to "8x" lumber, see this link: