Today I realized it had been well over a month since I've been out of the house by myself without one or both of my kids in tow. That's probably not too healthy. As much as I love those little boogers, everyone needs a little alone time. So when my husband got home from work, I took off.
What did I do with my few hours of free time? Get a pedicure? No way, I'm too ticklish. Chow down on some pregnancy food cravings? Nope. I went to my favorite store - Home Depot. I needed some lumber for the "built-in" part of my built-ins. The exact dimensions were very important and could make or break my project.
Tonight during my lumber shopping, I learned lumber and board label dimensions are a lie. Okay "lie", might be a little harsh, but lumber sizing is in fact misleading. A 2x4 is not 2 inches x 4 inches. The actual dimension is 1 1/2 x 3 1/2. Here's a chart with actual lumber/board dimensions. If your project demands exact dimensions, pay close attention to the actual dimensions, not the size on the sticker. I always like to bring a tape measure with me when I'm shopping for lumber just to be sure I'm getting the exact size needed.