Discussion in 'English Only' started by Encolpius, May 26, 2007.
Hello, do you see any difference between those words? thanks a lot.
Both are long, flat piece of wood (sawn timber), but a board is better prepared, smoother, than a plank. It is used inside houses due to its better-finished appearance, for panelling for example.
A plank is much rougher. You could lay this on the ground over mud in order to walk on it, or use it for construction with a finishing material (plaster, tiles, carpet, whatever) on top of it.
I'm not a carpenter, but that's how I understand the difference.
I hope it helps
A plank is made of wood, sawn from a bit of tree.
A board might be the same, but might also be made of chewed up and glued sawdust squashed together (or some other fabricated stuff).
Whatever made of, a board is likely to be wider and thinner than a plank.
I don't feel there is any difference in the surface finish.
Lumber (boards) are sold "Rough" (as sawn); or "surfaced".
"Surfaced" lumber has been run through a planer to yield a very smooth surface. You will see lumber marked "S4S" (surfaced 4 sides) or S2E2 (surfaced 2 sides; surfaced 2 edges).
Also S1S, S2S, etc.
Regardless of the surface, these are all "boards".
Separate names with a comma.