If you want to find some handy tool to measure the thickness of the wood, you can try a measuring gauge designed by Conway Cleveland. This lumber thickness gauge is a kind of a finger gauge made of stainless steel. This gauge has measuring stages which range from 3/8 inches to 2 inches wood thickness.
This finger gauge will be very advantageous when you look for wood with certain thickness. The design of the lumber thickness gauge is based on 1950s model. The gauge is designed with thin and sleek size which enables it to be slipped easily inside the pocket or attached to some key rings that you can easily carry out anywhere.
It is made of stainless steel. The length of the gauge is 3- ¼ inches and is completed with an opening ring. There are ten steps of thickness to be measured by this gauge. The step starts with 3/8, ½, 5/8, ¾, 7/8, 1, 1 1/4, 1 ½, 1 ¾, 2 inches of wood thickness. The price of this lumber thickness gauge is around $ 9.95. This handy tool can also become such unique gift.
To measure the thickness of the lumber particularly the hardwood lumber, people use lumber fractions. These fractions are 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, and 12/4. The fractioning names are not exact measure of thickness, they are just to measure the average thickness of the hardwood lumbers. These fractions refer to quarters of an inch. People also tend to mention four quarters of an inch as only four quarters.
If you are good with numbers, you can probably figure out that 4/4 means more or less 1 inch thick. 5/4 means more or less 1-¼ inches thick. 6/4 is more or less 1–½ inches thick. 8/4 is more or less 2 inches thick and 12/4 is more or less 3 inches thick.
Measure the thickness using lumber thickness gauge
When you want to measure the thickness of the wood, you can easily use the lumber thickness gauge. Hold the measuring gauge onto its ring hole. Place the tip of the gauge touching one edge of the wood while the other part is being laid over on the surface until the correct step touching the other edge. You can spot the thickness of the wood from its numbering. From the picture, you can see that the step touching the other wood edge is numbered with 1 ¾. It means 1 ¾ inches.