I'm looking for a rule (not a ruler :-) ) that lumberyards frequently use
to calculate the number of bd ft in a board. It's 18" to 2' long, and has a
metal hook at one end. The hook serves a dual purpose of hooking over the
edge of the boards to slide them around (secondary purpose), but it also
serves as a small hammer which leaves a small dimple in the board which is
used as a reference point for the next swing of the rule/hammer. The way I
understand that it's used is you measure the width of the board, find that
marking on the body of the rule and use that point as a pivot to walk/mark
your way to the end of the board, and the number of swings is the number of
Anyone know what I'm talking about, what it's called and where to get it?
To learn how to properly utilize this instrument, follow the
directions precisely to get an accurate accounting of the actual bf of
a piece of lumber, then as the customer looks away add approximately
33% just to help the companies bottom line.
I use something like that method when I golf. When on the green, I place my
ball marker directly behind my ball. When replacing the ball, I put it 33%
closer to the hole than where the ball marker is.
Seems slightly more ethical when golfing.
In all seriousness, one of the lumberyards I go to has a guy who applies
the inverse of your rule (is that a drive-by gloat? I forget the rules). I
get the best deals there everytime. AAMOF, if I go and he's not working,
I'll just peruse the piles, then go back home and try again the next day.
Yeah, one place that I frequent is pretty open about adding in some
specific percentage to account for the skip planing and straight
edging, etc. I always tell them that is a scam in my opinin and they
should just add it into the bf price. But no, they just add in some
non-existant bf. They alway claim FAS grade too but they won't let me
charge back the knots, cracks and white wood that make 20%+ drop very
I feel it is like advertising a piece of furniture at $500 and then
when someone wants to buy it I tell them I am adding another $20 for
lacquer and wax.
12" x 12" x 1" = 1 board foot
Standard measurement for rough lumber for non construction
hardwoods. IOW, when you go down to buy some cherry or maple in
4/4 or 8/4, you are going to buy it by the board foot.
Alright. A twelfth of a cubic foot. excellent. And you see what a stupid way
of measuring timber a cubic meter is. Order it over the phone and you may
get ten times or a tenth of what you wanted.
Luckily a square meter is quite close to ten square feet so an old bloke
like me can think in cubic feet then easily approximate to cubic meters by
multiplying by ten, er I mean a hundred, no ten thousand if you started with
board feet but only one thousand from cubic feet which is three decimal
places to the left, no right I think, always remmember a four figure number
that's three decimal places except we want four. Anyway you can use a
Nope, you need some metals in there somewhere. Without them, there's a
whole world unavailable to you.
(Obligitory wood content.) You could probably make boards out of caulk,
and work them just like you'd work wood. Depends on the caulk...
You can only do so much with caulk, cardboard, and duct tape.
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