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shipwright

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08-06-2016 03:14 PM

Ive been curious about this for a while but today while reading another post I decided to ask my fellow LJs and get some answers.
Is this another Canadian/American thing like vice/vise? Is it regional East/West?
How do you abbreviate “board foot”?
I’m from Canada (West coast) and the only one I’ve run into in forty years of buying lumber is fbm.
Google lists them all but doesn’t say much about who uses which.

...... Just curious….

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/


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#1 posted 08-06-2016 03:21 PM

bf = board foot / feet IMHO

vise = mechanical clamp
vice = crime

IMHO

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#2 posted 08-06-2016 03:25 PM

bf or BF around here but the question I have how is it measured in your area ?
Here the measurement on S2S is rounded up to the next size like a 5 1/4” becomes a 6” wide board and some lumber yards will add shrinkage on top of that .

Klaus

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#3 posted 08-06-2016 03:29 PM

My supplier uses Bd Ft.

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#4 posted 08-06-2016 03:29 PM

hello paul, i hope your doing well today, my experience has been like joes, hello to you joe, how are you doing these days, i have not occasion to buy to much, but what ive gotten was bf….now if you go onto facebook it could mean butt face….lol…but that gets us nowhere….....

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#5 posted 08-06-2016 03:30 PM

You just brought up a gripe of mine on this now international website which is the use of acronyms here. Different areas use different terms for things and when it is stated as an an acronym its anybody’s guess what it is. I don’t have the patience to figure it out and usually dismiss a thread I don’t immediately understand. I have been woodworking and machining metal for 60 plus years now and have the knowledge so I’m no tyro at this. PLEASE SPELL IT OUT!!!

Anybody else feel this way?

Planeman

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#6 posted 08-06-2016 03:43 PM

Hey Paul.
The most common term I hear from the wholesalers here(Calgary) is board feet. Depends on the salesman…next most used term is board measure.
When I type, I usually type bd ft. When I order on the phone….they all know me well enough, when I order 1000 feet…I’m ordering board feet.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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shipwright

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#7 posted 08-06-2016 03:43 PM



bf = board foot / feet IMHO

vise = mechanical clamp
vice = crime

IMHO

- Joe Lyddon

Joe, in the USA the clamping thingie on your bench is a vise. In Canada (and the rest of the English speaking world I believe) it is vice, just like the crime.

Klaus, I always buy at the supplier’s yard and I’ve always been charged by the exact measure at the time of purchase. More often than not they will round in my favour but that may be because I was a commercial account for many years and have a very good relationship there.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#8 posted 08-06-2016 03:45 PM

Tony, I say “board feet” but my paperwork has always said fbm (foot, board measure)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#9 posted 08-06-2016 03:52 PM

bf or bd ft

board feet is usually figured on the rough unfinished dimension. A planed 1×6 is figured as a 1×6 even though it is actually 3/4×5.5.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 08-06-2016 03:55 PM

Look in the USDA’s 'Wood handbook: Wood as an engineering material' for definition of terms. Everyone should have a copy. It’s free ‘cause it was produced at taxpayer expense.

M

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#11 posted 08-06-2016 04:09 PM

I’m with Joe Lydon.
And the Lumberyard man & I are pals too, so they always round up in my favor as well.
Good luck brother.

And, this was a good topic to bring up.
Thanks you

-- Eric, central Florida

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shipwright

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#12 posted 08-06-2016 04:13 PM



Look in the USDA s Wood handbook: Wood as an engineering material for definition of terms. Everyone should have a copy. It s free cause it was produced at taxpayer expense.

M

- MadMark


I am aware of what a board foot is Mark. Did you read the question?

Wiki lists all three but seems to lean ever so slightly to FBM. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Board_foot

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#13 posted 08-06-2016 04:35 PM

I’ve never seen it referred to as FBM
I always cal it out as bd ft.

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#14 posted 08-06-2016 05:32 PM


Look in the USDA s Wood handbook: Wood as an engineering material for definition of terms. Everyone should have a copy. It s free cause it was produced at taxpayer expense.

M

- MadMark

The USDA is a dept of the federal government in the United States. The original post was asking about other counties, coast etc.

a vice is a cigarette or gambling habbit. A vise is something i smash my fingers in.

The sellers in my area use the board foot unit.

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#15 posted 08-06-2016 05:49 PM

bf!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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