Cap piece

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  1. A piece of wood usually 24 to 36 in (60.96 to 91.44 cm) long, 6 to 8 in (15.24 to 20.32 cm) wide, and 2 to 6 in (5.08 to 15.24 cm) thick, that is fitted over a straight post or timber to afford more bearing surface for the support. All single posts, or timbers including safety posts, should be covered with a cap piece to provide additional bearing surface. Kentucky
  2. Arkansas. Usually a piece of wood split from a log. Fay

Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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