Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 11:28:44 -0400

Author: Chuck Britton

Subject: Re: units of measurement

Post:

as James Frysinger has pointed out - the
FINISHED size of a two x four has changed over time. Once was in the
late 50's if my feeble memory is correct.


Aren't standards GREAT?!?!?!?!
We have so MANY to choose among!!!!! ;-)


At 8:46 AM -0600 on 5/3/02, Jerry DiMarco wrote
> 2x4s are actually 2" x 4" when they make the first cut (called
>a "rough cut"). That's where the name comes from. Many years ago
>this was the type of lumber used for construction. If you have a
>chance to peer inside a really old building you may find rough cut
>2x4s in the wall, and the difference in size is immediately apparent
>as is the rough texture. The lumber we buy is given a finish cut
>which produces the dimensions we are familiar with and reduces the
>number of splinters we would otherwise get...
>
> Jerry
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