Thought I’d attempt a bit more investigation, and see if I could complete a simple house if I gathered enough wood. So straight from the beginning, I started a massive deforestation initiative (global warming hasn’t been coded into the features, I thought this would be fine).
As a quick note, I did notice that after the initial 3 units of “starter wood” was deposited in the stockpile, I only had 1 unit displaying in the upper left. However, once all the wood was gathered, I was showing 84 units (but if you count them all, you’ll see 85 total actually existing.
First up, I created my initial carpenter bench and wanted to see if there was any wood loss associated with creating items from there. Once placed, I added 3 beds to the queue, and let my carpenter go to work. With one wood being used for the carpenter bench, 3 wood per bed, and 1 wood being grabbed for the campfire, the display was showing the appropriate remaining 73 wood in my stockpile (even though there is still the extra block in the actual stockpile. The math: 84 - 1 - 9 (3x3) - 1 = 73
Next up, I started construction on a simple house. Construction seemed to be going well right up until some of the walls were being completed and the scaffolding was being taken down. Around this time, the workers started becoming a little confused, and would either continuously pick up and place wood in the stockpile, or just hold it until they got hungry. Construction came to a stand still…
I made a few more beds for good measure, just to see if I could get things going again. When most everyone was away, I took another snapshot of the stockpile. Whereas my stockpile only counts 38 wood available, the visual counts reveals 41 in the actual stockpile (with a few other wood scattered around my “town”). Somewhere during the construction of the house, it seems that the counts get thrown off further. I get the sense, though was not able to definitively see, that when the scaffolding is put up and taken down, that “partial wood” gets returned to the stockpile and begins throwing off the counts of what is actually there compared to what you can see visually.
At some point through their confusion, good ol’ Chopper Berall decided to pick up a wooden log and use it to relax against while sitting around the campfire. Clearly the smartest one out of the bunch…
…that was at least up until there were 6 beds built, and he still insisted on sleeping on the ground. (he woke up too quickly for the picture, but can still be noted in the lower right text on the screen)
Hope this helps!