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Old 03-06-2008, 08:12 AM   #31
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why call it a 2x4?


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depends on the run from the mill at that given day :}:} 9 1/2 to 9 1/4 is not uncommon. Also check ur 1 1/2 sometimes closer to 1 3/8
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:55 AM   #32
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Everyone who said that 2x4 was the actual size "way back when" gets the prize. They were rough sawn to approx. that size and used. Often from board to board it wasnt' even consistent. They nailed up wood lath and then plastered over it. Any voids or high spots created was evened out by plaster. As lumber came more and more from commercial lumber mills shipped to different locations they planed the wood to a smoother surface, but started with the same full 2x4, so the finished lumber was smaller.
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Old 04-04-2008, 09:28 AM   #33
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OK - So now we all know that the term 2x4 refers to the pre-finishing size and that after planing/dressing you get something close to 1 1/2 x 3 1/2.

So - How do you explain this tidbit from a DIY show?????



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Old 04-04-2008, 10:48 AM   #34
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simple that banner is just plain,totally, WRONG. Wood you take the word of a crummy banner over THE WORD OF US FANTASTIC PROFESSIONALS????
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Yea, I took that picture and called the file "YouHaveGotToBeKiddiing.jpg" I psted it to one of the forums a long while ago, we all had a good laugh then but I thought it would be germane to this discussion.
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Old 04-05-2008, 03:21 AM   #36
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Planks shrink from 2x4 to 1.5x3.5?
sure they do. And wood comes from the wood fairy
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Planks shrink from 2x4 to 1.5x3.5?
sure they do. And wood comes from the wood fairy
I thought that was where babies came from... Ooops, wrong forum.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:51 AM   #38
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Wonder what they're treated with. Magic plank shrinking formula I suppose.

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