board foot


board foot
(bd ft, fbm, or BF)
   a unit of volume used for measuring lumber. One board foot is the volumeof a one-foot length of a "standard board" twelve inches wide by one inchthick. Thus a board foot equals 144 cubic inches, or 1/12 of a cubic foot,or approximately 2.360 liters. The numberof board feet is easily computed from the dimensions of the stack, nomatter how wide or thick the boards are. For example, a stack of two-by-fours4 ft high, 4 ft wide, and 8 ft long contains 4 x 4 x 8 = 128 cubic feet,equivalent to 128 x 12 = 1536 board feet. The symbol fbm is an abbreviationfor "foot, board measure."

Dictionary of units of measurement. 2015.

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  • board foot — ☆ board foot n. pl. board feet a unit of linear measure of lumber, equal to a board one foot square and one inch thick …   English World dictionary

  • board foot — board′ foot n. bui the basic unit of board measure, equal to the cubic contents of a piece of lumber one foot square and one inch thick Abbr.: bd. ft. • Etymology: 1895–1900, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • board-foot — boardˈ foot noun A unit of boardˈ measure for timber, a piece one inch thick by 12 inches square • • • Main Entry: ↑board …   Useful english dictionary

  • Board foot — The board foot is a specialized unit of volume for measuring lumber in the United States and Canada. It is the volume of a one foot length of a board one foot wide and one inch thick.Board foot is abbreviated FBM (for foot, board measure ). The… …   Wikipedia

  • board foot — noun the volume of a piece of wood 1 foot square and 1 inch thick • Hypernyms: ↑volume unit, ↑capacity unit, ↑capacity measure, ↑cubage unit, ↑cubic measure, ↑cubic content unit, ↑displacement unit, ↑cubature u …   Useful english dictionary

  • board foot — A unit of measure in the lumber trade, meaning a board one foot square and one inch thick. See board measure …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • board foot — noun A board one square foot by one inch, about 2.36 liters …   Wiktionary

  • board foot — /ˈbɔd fʊt/ (say bawd foot) noun → superficial foot …   Australian English dictionary

  • board foot — Building Trades. a unit of measure equal to the cubic contents of a piece of lumber one foot square and one inch thick, used in measuring logs and lumber. Abbr.: bd. ft. [1895 1900, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • board-foot — noun A unit of cubic measure for timber, equal to one foot square by one inch thick …   Wiktionary

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