Lumber and timber are both wooden products and in many places are both used to describe the same thing. However, there are some areas that make differences between the two.
What are the differences?
Timber is the term used for a tree that has not yet been processed into ‘lumber’. It is commonly described as the wood which is erect and attached to the earth’s ground. This means that ‘lumber’ is described as wood that is no longer attached to the ground.
|· Wood that still has bark On||· Bark-less|
|· Wooden boards||· Prepared with measurements|
|· Commercially available for construction||· Ready for use in construction and furniture making|
However, in the UK and Australia the term ‘Timber’ is not only used to describe the felled tree, but also for sawn wooden products or boards that will be used for any external / internal project. In the United States the term ‘Lumber’ refers to timber cut into boards but, if the boards are five inches width or bigger, they can be referred to ‘timbers’.
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