What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Engineered Framing Lumber? (VIDEO)

Traditional vs. engineered

In this video, Matt Risinger and “The Build Show” dive into the differences between traditional and engineered framing lumber.

Matt Risinger is a builder in Austin, TX whose goal is to educate people on the principles of Building Science in a practical way. Matt builds homes that are dramatically more energy efficient, durable, healthy, and comfortable than most new homes in America. He has a BS in Industrial Management and has worked in construction across the United States. Since 2005 Matt has owned and operated his own company “Risinger & Co.”, which has grown to 27 people. He loves quality craftsmanship and is proud to show off his crew’s efforts on his YouTube channel. 

Lumber dimensions- nominal versus actual | Construction Pro Tips
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Lumber Tip: Understanding Lumber Dimensions

If you find reading plans and wood board sizes confusing or have trouble identifying the exact dimensions of wood at a lumberyard or home center, read on. Most lumber is sold in “nominal” (in name only) sizes such as 1×3, 2×4, 4×4 and2x2 lumber. But these sizes are not the actual 1×3 dimensions, 2×4 dimensions, 2×6 dimensions, 2×8 dimensions and 4×4 dimensions of the wood. The chart above shows the actual dimensions of lumber when it is dry (when wet, it will be slightly larger). This handy chart will help you translate the nominal into the actual (dry). After a while, you’ll get the hang of dimensional lumber sizes what 2 by 4 actual dimensions means, and it will help for projects like building a deck.

Next, read through this guide to buying rough sawn lumber.