Figuring Board Feet

Figuring Board Feet

I’m confused about figuring out board feet. How do you calculate board feet?

Michael Dresdner:¬†A board foot equals one square foot of one-inch thick stock. To calculate board footage, multiply length by width in feet, and multiply the result by thickness in inches. For example, an eight-foot long board (8′) that is six inches wide (.5′) and three quarters of an inch thick (0.75″) contains three board feet of wood. (8′ x .5′ x .75″ = 3 board feet).

Richard Jones:¬†Multiply length in inches by width in inches by thickness in inches and divide by 144. For example a plank 12″L X 12″W X 1″T is 1 board foot (12 by 12 by 1, divided by 144, equals 1).

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