# Calculating board feet when board will be used in their side?

 Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 02-28-2016 11:55 PM 827 views 0 times favorited 11 replies
 yellowtruck75469 posts in 3576 days 02-28-2016 11:55 PM Trying to figure out the board feet need for a shuffle board table. The hard maple will be used on its side instead of the face so I am confused as to how to figure out board feet. Playing surface is 3” thick 20” wide and 12’8” longI plan on using 8/4 stock

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 conifur954 posts in 1661 days #1 posted 02-29-2016 12:15 AM It is simple math if you know how to do math? I can do it without a calculator, in my head, Kids!!! Roughly 50+ Brd Ft. 5 brd ft for each 3×13 ft piece, 20w divided by 8/4, 2 inches =10, 10×5brd ft =50What the freck they teach in school now a days???? -- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski joey502555 posts in 2027 days #2 posted 02-29-2016 12:16 AM The calculation is the same. Board foot is a unit of volume not area. 12”x 12” x 1” = 144 cubic inches = one board foot. In your case 3×20x152= 9120/ 144= 63.333 board feet, after being milled. Joe Lyddon10737 posts in 4562 days #3 posted 02-29-2016 12:20 AM 8/4 stock is 2” thick 12’ = 144” + 8” = 152” long 3×20 x 152 = 9120 / 144 = 63.33 bft. I think… :) So, you are going to rip everything into 3”+ strips… plane, etc. & glue them together to get 2 slabs 10” wide, then glue them together to get 20”?? Sounds like FUN! -- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php conifur954 posts in 1661 days #4 posted 02-29-2016 12:24 AM Actually a bit less 3 divided by 12 is 4brd ft but I a lotted for 13ft and checked ends and scrap. -- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski joey502555 posts in 2027 days #5 posted 02-29-2016 12:24 AM The 8/4 stock will need to be milled, lets say you get 1 3/4 of finished stock from each board. That means each 3” wide strip is 5.54 board feet ( 3”x 152” x 1 3/4”). Everything depends on the amount of usable material each board you buy yields. If you buy 6” wide boards then you can not get 2 3” pieces unless you are willing to change the thickness. If you buy 8” boards there will be waste after you cut two strips from it. conifur954 posts in 1661 days #6 posted 02-29-2016 12:41 AM My mistake on my calculation, yes 8/4 yields 1 3/4”’ not 2”’ -- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski Joe Lyddon10737 posts in 4562 days #7 posted 02-29-2016 01:19 AM BDFT is calculated AS IF things were really 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. 4//4 = 1… 8/4 = 2 for BDFT calculations… Building wise, figure the real dimensions… not the make believe ones… LOL Right? If you rip’em using a band saw, you will not wast 1/8” per cut… You must figure kerf size and get the boards wide enough to give you the least amount of waste. If using a 1//8” kerf, figure 1/4 for cleanup,,, so 3.25” strips is what you should figure on… 6.5”(2), 9.75(3), 13”(4) widths… -- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php conifur954 posts in 1661 days #8 posted 02-29-2016 01:23 AM BDFT is calculated AS IF things were really 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. 4//4 = 1… 8/4 = 2 for BDFT calculations… Building wise, figure the real dimensions… not the make believe ones… LOL Right? If you rip em using a band saw, you will not wast 1/8” per cut… You must figure kerf size and get the boards wide enough to give you the least amount of waste. If using a 1//8” kerf, figure 1/4 for cleanup,,, so 3.25” strips is what you should figure on… 6.5”(2), 9.75(3), 13”(4) widths… - Joe Lyddon -- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski conifur954 posts in 1661 days #9 posted 02-29-2016 01:26 AM Kirf, if you the right rip blade you may not need any clean up, if not, a 32nd to 16th at most, if you need a 1/4 a Beaver must be doing your ripping -- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski conifur954 posts in 1661 days #10 posted 02-29-2016 01:39 AM If you rip’em using a band saw, you will not wast 1/8” per cut…If with the right blade and tension, and a good fence and set up for drift. -- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski bigJohninvegas681 posts in 1971 days #11 posted 02-29-2016 02:42 AM At 13’ long it comes out to 65bf. I keep a board foot calculator on my phone. Free download from the play store.Yes simple math. Simple calculator too, and I make less math mistakes that cost me money.Good luck. -- John

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