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11-14-2013 09:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood math question pine

Im getting a headache

3.5”x5.5”x12’ = $17.00

this is non treated SYP

good buy?

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi"

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 09:51 AM

An 84 lumber is going out of business about 45 min away from me and just curious if it would be worth the drive locally i cant find non treated of this size.

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 10:47 AM

Here is an online board foot calculator.

That is 19.25 board feet, so on the face of it not a bad price. But I have no idea what your local market is like, and obviously the quality/grade matters.

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 01:23 PM

There’s an all for that. :)

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 01:32 PM

144 cubic inches in a board foot. You have a little over 19 board feet.

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 02:03 PM

That works out to be $1.13 per board ft., not too bad assuming it’s not cupped or crooked and few if any knots.

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 03:56 PM

$17 / 19.25 bf = $.883 / bf.

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 04:03 PM

Basically were talking about a pine 4×6 ?
Douglas fir 4×6’s go for about 20 – 22 bucks each.

It’s not a bad price, but unless I really had the need for the SYP, or was going to buy a lot of them, I don’t think the price is that great of a deal for a company that is going out of business. JMO

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#8 posted 11-14-2013 04:25 PM

Keep in mind that it is “84” lumber. Probably not the best lumber grade.

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 10:50 PM

Tug, did you sit in the back of the room during math classes?

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 11:06 PM

no DKV, last night was my 21st night on a tugboat after having only a 7 days off, after 14 days on before that, 5 days off before that after another 14 days on before that. We run 12+ working hrs a day on 6 hr shifts, and don’t get to go home. Rarely get more than 5 hrs of sleep a day. Not exactly running with a clear mind.

Figured i would see if someone with a clearer head would help me think.

Thanks for the help everyone. I think I will wait a little longer before i make that drive, Maybe they will drop the price some more. They saying they have 3 truckloads of it so one could hope that a man could pick through and find some good pieces.
Go back to work again in a couple days anyway, for another week.

Was thinking maybe i could acquire about 10 of those and have more than enough to throw together a stout Roubo in combination with some of the oak i have stickered in my shop.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi"

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 11:32 PM

Okay guys…. unless I’m having a brain freeze, board footage is calculated based on nominal size, not actual size. So a 12 foot long 4×6 is actually priced as 24 board feet right? At $17, that works out to 71 cents per bf.

Am I wrong?

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#12 posted 11-15-2013 06:11 PM

You are right Charlie.
And I have worked 16 hours a day for 6 days a week since 1998.
And I do structural and safety and machine design and electrical engineering.
Makes you feel real safe don’t it.

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#13 posted 11-15-2013 06:30 PM

I’ve never heard of dimensional lumber being sold by the board foot, but now that is is here on the internet, then it must be true. :) Dimensional is sold by the piece (Yes, sometimes calculated by lineal inch). Hardwoods or select softwoods sold by bf are calculated on nominal size yes, but this is not a piece of hardwood being sold by the bf. It is a 12’ 4×6 – dimensional lumber. It is not priced as 24 board feet, it is not priced as 19.25 board feet. It is priced as a 12’ 4×6 of pine, or – if you have a really anal retentive lumberyard – it is priced as 144 inches of 4×6.

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#14 posted 11-15-2013 06:57 PM

Joe, I’m talking over 20 years ago, so take it for what it’s worth…. When I worked in a retail lumberyard, we did have a per-piece price for dimensional lumber. When we ordered a truckload of dimensional construction pine from one of our distributors, though, we paid by the board foot, and that board footage was calculated on the rough size, not the final dimensioned size that was delivered to us.

So since the original poster seemed to want that piece price translated to a board foot price, 24 board feet seems like the logical basis to me.

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#15 posted 11-15-2013 07:48 PM

Good deal if you need a plank like that.

If you are planning to resaw and spend the labor – then it is iffy.

It is just a 4X6 timber (4X6 is ACTUALLY 3.5 X 5.5). The 17 bucks is a little less than half price versus Menards.

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