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Board feet - volume measurement of lumber

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Board foot is a volume measurement used for lumber, where

  • 1 board foot = 144 in3 = 1⁄12 ft3 = 2360 cm3 = 2.360 liters = 0.002360 m3

Board feet can be calculated as

BF = w t L / 12                                 (1)

where

BF = board feet

w = nominal lumber width (in)

t = nominal lumber thickness (in)

L = nominal lumber length (ft)

Board Feet Calculator

w - width (in)

t - thickness (in)

L - length (ft)

price (cost/bf)

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Quick Approximation for Calculating Board Feet

  • 1 x 4 - divide linear length (feet) by 3 - (length x 1/3)
  • 1 x 6 - divide linear length (feet) by 2  - (length x 1/2)
  • 1 x 8 - multiply linear length (feet) by 0.66  - (length x 2/3)
  • 1 x 12 - linear length (feet) equals board feet  - (length x 1) 
  • 2 x 4 - multiply linear length by 0.66 - (length x 2/3)
  • 2 x 6 -  linear length (feet) equals board feet - (length x 1)
  • 2 x 8 - multiply linear length by 1.33  - (length x 1 1/3)
  • 2 x 12 - multiply linear length by 2  - (length x 2)
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