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Lumber Sizing Chart
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Lumber Sizing Chart

Easy board foot calculation Hardwoods sell in grades by the board foot, a basic unit of measurement that equals a 1"-thick board that's 12" wide and 12" long. That's because hardwoods--unlike softwoods-aren't cut and milled as dressed, sized lumber in standard nominal dimensions (2X4, 1X6, 4X4, etc.) to only be cut to length for construction. Instead, mills saw hardwoods into random widths and lengths to best take advantage of the clear wood in a log. Hardwoods do come in nominal thicknesses, such as 1", 1-1/4", etc. (often referred to as four-quarter, five-quarter, and so on), that actually are a bit shy of the stated thickness. Therefore, you'll pay for a 1"-thick measurement but actually be getting about 3/16" less. Board widths aren't standardized. Typically, the dealer will "round up"; to the next inch of width and charge you for it. To help you in estimating stock and cost for the projects you want to build, download the chart using the link below that gives you the amount of board feet in a range of common hardwood dimensions you'll likely come across where you shop for wood.


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Comments (7)
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jawellnofine wrote:

Thanks Wood Magazine, is this chart available in metric as well?

9/27/2014 08:39:00 AM Report Abuse
david_k_hays wrote:

Board foot chart is just a set of pictures of some woods, no chart.

7/10/2012 04:18:04 PM Report Abuse
Wilmot Persaud wrote:

Thanks Wood.These charts would prove useful.It would be great if we can get a list of the number of screws per pound. Thanks. Willy P

3/22/2012 01:36:19 PM Report Abuse
tcollett4 wrote:

Thank you for the information it will come in handy! Thanks Bolynx

3/22/2012 10:11:32 AM Report Abuse
bigbassman37 wrote:

To Woodmagazine & Steve, thanks ever so much for all of the free down loads.

10/21/2011 01:58:36 PM Report Abuse
shasebroock wrote:

Thank You Wood Magazine for these EXCELLENT resources. I printed them all and have them all handy in my shop. Thank you! Steve

7/22/2011 08:17:25 AM Report Abuse
pawpawtip wrote:

just finished downloading all pdf's & charts no problems here thanks wood. pawpawtip

8/12/2010 02:14:44 PM Report Abuse

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