Why is Wood Not the Size it Says On the label?

Q&A Woodworking Forum IndexCategory: WoodworkingWhy is Wood Not the Size it Says On the label?
Brian asked 3 weeks ago

It would be just too easy to sell wood at the same size as it is on the label. This is part of what you need to learn as a woodworker, though it’s easy to understand once you know the trick.

So, why does a piece of wood like a 2 x 4 not measure 2 inches by 4 inches?

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