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What is a board foot?

The confusion of a board foot comes from the fact that it is really a true measure of wood volume rather than linear feet. When you purchased dimensioned lumber like a 2 x 4 or trim you pay for the length of the board. However, rough sawn lumber doesn't have a specific width. Boards are generally cut to maximize yield and quality so the boards are left to maximize the size. When you purchase hardwood lumber you pay by the board foot. A board foot is basically a 1-foot piece of wood that is 1 foot wide and 1 inch thick. This translates to 144 cubic inches. For calculating board foot try our board foot calculator.
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