Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: upwind of Three Mile Island
Most boards have 2 ends, too!
A buddy working in my shop with me kept misnaming dimensions of boards as we were milling them. Turns out he was picturing the finished piece of furniture, calling the length of the board the width, and so-on.
Ya have to come to terms. I told him that 'this is my shop, and we talk about the dimensions of the individual boards in terms of length(long-grain dimension), width(larger cross-grain dimension), and thickness. Not until the piece is finished may you refer to the dimensions of its parts(the width of a chest-of-drawers' top, for example).'
Of course, at times the length is less than the width, then it is called, "short-the-long-way".