Maybe i’m just being the picky sort. But i believe wood, possessing a directional grain, pretty much demands its dimensions be given in a standardized way. I can’t count the number of times i’ve run into problems with people giving wood dimensions in every way imaginable. Which can very easily manifest itself as a crap load of 14” long x 29” deep cabinet ends for a job having the wrong grain direction.
I was personally always taught that it should be expressed as thickness x width x length. Yea i know. On the other side of the pond they believe it should be the exact opposite. Kind of like the way they choose to express the day, month and year when giving a calendar date.
I hereby resolve that no expression of dimensions is inherently superior to any other. Perhaps whats needed is an international coin toss to decide once and for all a standard that will be recognised across the planet. I’ll even vote for lumberjock Stewart from Yorkshire be allowed to flip the coin!
-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"