Lumber Dimensions – Weird 2×4 Lengths?

2x4s can be a great source of material for building things other than houses (like small projects around the house and garage). However, shopping for this kind of dimensional lumber means you’ll run into some construction-industry lingo (on the labels) that might seem odd or confusing. 2x4s are a good example of this, since most of what you’ll find at places like Home Depot are “pre-cut” to certain lengths to aid in the construction of a wall. The different lengths are usually not a problem when building small projects, since you’ll cut the boards into smaller pieces anyway. Still, it’s helpful to know why 2x4s come in so many different sizes. Continue reading