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

**Author:** "pojhome@swbell.net"

**Subject:** Re: units of measurement

**Post:**

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:?

http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/etip0200503ws.html

poj

Original Message:

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From: Chuck Britton cvbritton@telocity.com

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

To: tap-l@listproc.appstate.edu

Subject: Re: units of measurement

as James Frysinger

rj

@cofc.edu> 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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