Board Foot Calulator

 Project by trevor7428 posted 06-08-2017 02:41 PM 2275 views 20 times favorited 15 comments

When I first saw a commercial version of this thing, I knew I had to get one. Normally I would just buy it, but they where crazy expensive for some reason.

Anyways, if your not familiar with this, ill explain.

When you go to the lumberyard and you try to figure out how much board feet of material you have. You have to get your tape measure or if your like me. Ask to borrow someones. Because you always forget to bring one. Then measure length ” x width ” Then bust out your phone or calculater to divided by 144.
(Assuming its 4/4 material) and do this for each board you have.

Well with this, all you need to know is the length of the board. I’m not sure about your lumber yard, but mine the stack of boards are all the same length.

So, I hold this up to the edge of the board. To figure out how wide it is (ruler on top edge) and use the table to find the board feet.

So this board is 6ft long and Approx 7 1/2” wide. Which = 3.75 BD/ Ft.

One side has a ruler in inches on top and flip the paddle over for half inch ruler.

You can easily create your own, for the dimensions of wood you use most. With mine I can calculate 4/4 boards 6’, 8’, 10’ and 12’ long and up to 12 1/2” wide.

EDIT…

I forgot to add. It’s kinda hard to tell from the picture, but I screwed a piece of metal to the top of the paddle that is wider then the thickness of the paddle.

It acts as a lip and catches the edge of the board, when your measure how wide the board is.

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion