measuring board feet

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Blog entry by Frankie Talarico Jr. posted 04-13-2009 04:36 PM 2907 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple how to on measuring board feet.

A very easy to understand write up that will teach you the basics of the standard in solid wood measurment

Measuring in board feet

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 08:28 PM

We also covered this issue in a recent edition of the Kreg Plus Newsletter:

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#2 posted 04-14-2009 01:28 AM

That’s funny, $6 bft for 4/4 red oak, sorry I couldn’t help myself.

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#3 posted 04-14-2009 04:40 AM

So, what is the typical price per board foot for rough sawn 4/4 red oak? What is the cost for green vs. kiln dried

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#4 posted 04-14-2009 01:39 PM

Depends where you buy it I suppose, Homer Depot or Lowers it is $6 yes. I guess I was out of line commenting on this blog, I was in a “mood”. At my sawmill I would sell it all day long for $2 kiln dried, $1.50 green…but I don’t sell much because the local Amish sell it cheaper than that. So I don’t mess with oak much.

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#5 posted 04-14-2009 04:28 PM

I worked in constrution where we had to deal in “hundreths” of a foot. I soon realized that that could also represent percent(%) of a foot.
Take the width of the wood and figure how many 1/8’s are in it (add 1 for every 3 inches) and you have the percent of a foot.
Say you have a piece that is 7 3/4”
7X8=56+6 for the 3/4 and add 2 for the mutilples of 3 and you have .64(%). then just multiply by the length.
This works for me…but then I’ve alwayys been good with math

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