|Forum topic by DylanC||posted 10-23-2011 05:19 AM||2173 views||1 time favorited||41 replies|
10-23-2011 05:19 AM
I stopped at my local hardwood dealer today yo pick up some lumber (maple) for one of my first projects. I know enough to know that when you buy hardwood, its usually not fully prepped. The lumber I picked up is Surfaced Two Sides (S2S) but still needs the edges to be dressed up on the jointer, there are a few split ends that need to be addressed, and similar things. I know this is normal. I also know that if you want specific dimensions, such as a 6” wide board, you’re probably going to pay extra. The dealer I was at does not allow customers to pick through the stack to get the widths you want. You start at the top of the stack and work your way down. If you want a wider board, you go home and glue two narrow boards together.
Anyway, The owner of the place looked at my cutlist and figured I’d need ~30 board feet or so (See the cutting diagram for the LATERAL FILE here, disregard the diagrams for the PRINTER CABINET). Also, he didn’t have any 8’ stock ready, but we figured I’d be fine with a few extra 6 footers. So, we loaded up a dozen boards or so (4/4 thick), he wrote me up for 32 board feet (plus the plywood) and I was on my way.
So, I get home and figure I better make a plan on how to glue up some of these narrow boards to make wide boards, and minimize the amount of waste. Most of the boards measure 3-3/4” or 3-1/2” wide, with two or three measuring between 6 and 9 inches. Again, most are between 72 and 75 inches long, but one is about 81 inches long.
Now, just for grins, I figure I’ll double check how many board feet I have. For example, first board was 3-1/2” wide and 75” long. So, 3.5 times 75 divided by 144 equals 1.8 board feet. I do this for the remainder of the boards, using conservative measurements. For example, rounding down to the nearest quarter inch on the width, and subtracting a few inches on the length for a split end here and there. The grand total: 24 board feet.
Now my question: Did I get what I paid for? Are board feet measured like a quarter-pounder at McDonalds?...i.e. rough dimensions prior to drying? And even if this is the case, a 25% difference seems a bit steep to me. I’m just looking for a few “expert opinions” on the subject.
Thanks for any advice…
-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...