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What type of wood?

I have found about 3 or 4 actual 2x4's. I am talking about way back when they actually measured 2" x4". Not 1-3/4" x 3-3/4" My question is, what type of wood did they use back in those days. It looks like oak(what little I know of it).
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By the way, I am in the southeastern part of the US.
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Post a picture of it and maybe somebody can identify it. Up in the NW they used Fir.
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I will get a cross cut of it tomorrow and repost!
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They used what ever wood was growing near the mill where it was cut.
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Good chance its Southern Yellow Pine.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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In my old house, built in the 1860's, they used a combination of timber frame with 3x5 studs in between the timbers. They used walnut for some of the timbers and oak/chestnut for the studs, joists and rafters.
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I have found about 3 or 4 actual 2x4's. I am talking about way back when they actually measured 2" x4". Not 1-3/4" x 3-3/4" My question is, what type of wood did they use back in those days. It looks like oak(what little I know of it).
In the "olden days" they used the same typed of wood that we use now.

And we now also use full size lumber and back in the olden days they also used milled and planed "dimensional lumber" Just depends upon just how far back you want to discuss.

What type of use do you think the boards that you found were purposed?

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Good chance its Southern Yellow Pine.
I was thinking the same thing. I knew they used pine for all sorts of stuff in the south. Must be prevalent down there.
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When I started my HVAC/R career it was in N W Iowa, there were a lot of people who wanted central heat and air that had old gravity furnaces, the first one I bid I was way lower then the others, then I found out why.

Some of the old farm houses were built out of solid oak, full sized boards no planing except on the finished floors, they were nailed with square cut nails, it was before bimetal Sawzall blades, I would go through 5-6 blades every register opening, and found out real quick to let saw blade cool before trying to change it. I would sit on the floor lack the Sawzall on and push with my foot.

Thye were some well built houses
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The house I grew up in was framed entirely out of poplar. It was all rough sawn and the 2x4's were a full 2"x4".
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In older times, fruits and vegetables were delivered to grocery stores in wooden crates/boxes. I guess this was before cardboard. These little crates were made of thin 1/2” thick lumber. People pulled these crates apart and used the wood to make kitchen drawers. Carpenters would say the kitchen drawers were made of apple boxes.
If you didn’t buy your house in the form of a kit from Sears & Roebuck and used local carpenters these local guys did it all. Foundations, framing, roofing and even the cabinets.
Now of course everyone is “specialized” and it takes 30 or more people to build a house.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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My brother claims he has removed some red wood 2 x 4s from his wall removal in his house that was built in the 60s. I haven't seen the lumber, but he is a knowledgeable person, sometimes. The house my wife's grand parents lived in had some chestnut in it. Of course parts of it was built in the late 1800s, and chestnut was plentiful in these parts then. I need to get a 2 x 4 off my brother to verify. Is it possible or is he mistaken?

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