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Explanation: The source text refers to 'rippingS', which a plural noun referring to the badly-dimensioned boards. 'refendage' is from the verb (refendre) denoting the process of cutting a board/tree-trunk etc. length-wise.
Rippings often have wavy edges and/or bark attached, and may be sold as rustic planks for fencing, wall-cladding, etc.
Sorry, can't remember the French term ...
Robin Levey Chile Local time: 13:58 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 3