A brief history of the two by four

Any takers? After seeing an ad in the newspaper describing the width of a piece of wood as 5/4", we got to wondering why a 2x4 is called a 2x4. It’s not actually 2 inches by 4 inches. Is this one of those deals where some Canadian logger 100 years ago set his saw blade to 2 inches, only to find that the blade removed an extra 1/4 inch, and now we live with the result?

There is a recent thread on the same topic; started 08-28-2001, last post just yesterday. So, I’m closing this thread.
You can continue in that thread.

See: 2x4 lumber

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