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Old 09-05-2008, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default What's up with 2x4's not measuring out to 2 inches by 4 inches?

I have to re-make my collar for several reasons, but the biggest reason is the improper sizing of the wood I bought. My "2x4" is actually less than 3.5 inches wide (or tall, depending on if it's standing up or on the ground). This causes problems for me because my hinges hang down below the wood, past the point where I could attach the lower set of screws. I would need the wood to be exactly 4 inches wide for the hinges to fit into place.

Should I just get a bigger piece of wood to guarantee that I have enough room to install the hinges?

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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2x4s are 1.5" x 3.5"
2x6s are 1.5" x 5.5"
2x8s are 1.5" x 7.25"
2x10 are 1.5" x 9.25"
2x12 are 1.5" x 11.25"

Some of the really old lumber was actually 2" x 4" but that's not the case anymore.

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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All lumber store 2 X 4's are undersized. The actual dimension came from their size before drying, at one time. Now, a "standard" 2x4 measures 3 1/2 x 1 1/2.

So, to answer your question, buy bigger and cut to size.

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Archimutect here at yer service!

2X4 is the 'nominal' dimension, a reference back to the rough size of the lumber before it is dried and finish-sawn, or "dressed", to 1.5"X3.5".

Also, FYI, 2x4 steel studs are actually 1.5"X3.625", and 2x6 steel studs are 1.5"X6". With dimensional wood lumber past 2x4 it's 1.5 wide, always, by 5.5" for 2x6, then 7.25" for 2x8, then 9.25" for 2x10, then 11.25" for 2x12.

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Yeah, it's a bit of a pain in the ass.....I never really understood why.

Do you have the means of cutting your lumber down to what you need??

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I guess I'm a little lost on the problem with the 2x4. Are you attaching the collar to the base or the top? If to the base, attached the hinge to the wood, don't worry about where it overlaps. If attaching the wood to the top, reattach your hinges to the base then attached the top of the hinge to the wood collar.

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Should I just get a bigger piece of wood to guarantee that I have enough room to install the hinges?
Go with a 2X6.
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