Board Feet of Lumber
A common measurement in ordering wood is board feet. It is the common standard by which all US wood wholesalers, brokers, and suppliers define their wood sizes.
MTE will typically use board feet when sending out bulk lumber deliveries to its clients, so they can receive an accurate prediction of lumber received.
How to Calculate Board Feet?
In order to figure out how many board feet you are looking to order you first need to understand how to measure how many board feet are in 1 piece of wood.
Board Feet Formula:
(L x W x T)/12 = Board Feet
L: Length in feet
W: Nominal Width in inches
T: Nominal Thickness in inches
It is important to note the difference between nominal and actual measurements. Nominal dimensions are the dimensions by which wood is originally cut (for example, 2 x 4). However, after cuts of wood go through the process of being sanded and planed, the actual size is smaller than that (a 2 x 4 x 10 is actually 1.5” x 3.5” x 10’). Board Feet are calculated using nominal measurements.