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What is a Board Foot?
FBM (Foot Board Measure) is the unit of measurement for rough lumber. One fbm is equal to 144 cubic inches or 1 foot of 1″ x 12″.
How do you convert lineal feet to fbm?
The equation is: thickness x width x length (in inches) ÷ 144″.
Question: How many fbm are in 8′ of 1″ x 8″?
Answer: 1 x 8 x 96 ÷ 144 = 5.33 fbm.
How do you convert the price per fbm to the price per lineal foot?
The following equation is used when converting the price for rough
fbm price ÷ 12″ x thickness x width (in inches) = price/lineal foot
What is the difference between flat sawn, quarter sawn and rift sawn lumber?
When sawing lumber the most common method produces flat sawn lumber. This method can yield wide boards and boards where the grain has a cathedral appearance. Quarter and rift sawn lumber are both sawn to produce straight grained boards, quarter sawn having the straighter grain of the two. Quarter sawn lumber has growth rings cut at 60 – 90 degree angles to the face and rift sawn boards are cut at 30 – 60 degree angles to the face. Both quarter and rift produce narrow boards. There is greater waste from the log when producing quarter and rift sawn lumber resulting in a higher price.