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#1 posted 01-24-2018 04:00 PM

Entire “board foot” measurement can be daunting even when you understand it!

Much simpler approach to buying wood is: #1 Visit favorite lumber store,
pick out enough nice looking boards to make your project (adding extra 10-15% for inevitable mistakes),
let nice check out person measure and calculate the bdft, then
pay them what they require to leave store with your wood.
Works for me. :)

PS – the inch to foot conversion is only hard part. One trick when picking boards that are roughly same length, use tape measure and keep adding together all the widths recording final measurement in feet, then measure length in feet and multiply length/width (4/4 lumber). If buying 6/4 or 8/4 lumber need to multiple by 1.5 or 2 for extra thickness.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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