I’m Sorry, Thank You, and Two by Fours

I’ll begin by apologizing. I’ve been both busy and sick over the past few days, which explains the momentary hiatus my blog has been experiencing.

I’ll continue by thanking you. People have actually been talking about my blog! That’s great! That means I’ve moved beyond the realm of the internet and into (perhaps?!) reality! Thank you!

Now for the substance of this post.

Have you ever wondered why two by fours aren’t actually two inches thick and four inches wide? Instead, they are (around) 1 1/2 inches chick and 3 1/2 inches wide!

According to wiseGeek, two by fours are actually two by four at one point in their milling process. The planks are measured, cut, and then run thorugh a machine called a planer. The planer cuts off rough or imperfect edges, and this sometimes means cutting as much as a half an inch of wood off of the plank!

However, before the paner was used, two by fours were actually two inches thick and four inches wide. If you were to tear down a hundred year old home, you would find almost perfect two by fours. That’s why, when you go to the store, a plank being 1 1/2 inches thick and 3 1/2 inches wide is called a two by four – the name was first used to describe planks that were actually two inches by four incehs, and the name stuck, despite the fact that the milling process changed.

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One Response

  1. It’s okay, you’re welcome, and that’s so stupid!! Darned two by fours.

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