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Board Foot


Definition: A board foot is a unit of measure used in the logging and lumber industry. It is a volume measurement that refers to the volume of a board. Loggers use a Doyle log scale to measure the number of board feet in a log. The measurements of a board foot are 1 inch by 12 inches by 12 inches equal one board foot. (1" X 1" X 12"= 1 bd ft)

You can use a simple formula to determine the amount of board feet in a piece of lumber. Lets say for example you have a 1 X 6 that is 10 feet long. Use the basic volume formula for this and divide by 12. It looks like this 1x6x10/12 = 5 board feet.

Alternate Spellings: The plural form of board foot is board feet. The abbreviation for board foot is bd ft.
Common Misspellings: bored foot
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