Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 15:33:53 -0400

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Subject: Re: units of measurement


Current dimensions for finished framing lumber (popularly called 2 by) depend on the wood species. Softwood (pine, fir, etc.) 2 X 4's at Home Depot are 1 1/2 X 3 5/8 and 2 X 6's are 1 1/2 X 5 1/5. For hardwoods such as oak, cherry, teak, etc., 2 X 4's are 1 3/4 X 3 3/4.

When I started making furniture 40 years ago, all 2 X 4's were 1 3/4 X 3 3/4.

I might have converted all measurements in my shop to metric years ago if it weren't for the principal benefit of English units in any shop, viz, continuous

practice in doing arithmetic calculations with fractional numbers. If it weren't for this practice, I'd have forgotten how to do any calculations with fractions years ago.

By the way, do you woodworkers know about this:?


Original Message:
From: Chuck Britton
Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 11:28:44 -0400
Subject: Re: units of measurement

as James Frysinger ge
rj> 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.

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