board - plank

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Encolpius, May 26, 2007.

  1. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)
    Hello, do you see any difference between those words? thanks a lot.
  2. Teafrog

    Teafrog Senior Member

    UK English (& rusty French…)
    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 :)
  3. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    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.
  4. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
    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".

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