# cutting list =>shoppihng list & board feet. Newbie wood shopping question

• posted on September 2, 2004, 2:47 am
I'm just about to embark on my first large woodworking project (some mission bedroom furniture). I have some plans which include a cutting list and a materials list like so:
(2) 2x6x96" (3) 2x6x72" (3) 2x4x72" etc.....
What I am confused about is exactly how I take this information and shop for wood. How do I properly translate this into board feet?* How can I estimate how much this will cost me? If I call a mail-order place, will I just order X board feet of a particular thickness, and just get random widths, or is it like an actual lumberyard, where I can specify (at least somewhat) the required lengths and widths.
* OK, I can do the math, but I don't know what assumptions to make. F'rinstance: A piece of lumber 12"x12"x3/4" is a 1x12x12", but is it calculated at 1bf or 0.75 bf ?
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• posted on September 2, 2004, 11:36 am
<< * OK, I can do the math, but I don't know what assumptions to make. F'rinstance: A piece of lumber 12"x12"x3/4" is a 1x12x12", but is it calculated at 1bf or 0.75 bf ? >>
Jim,
The place where I buy would charge me for 1bf, for the piece you decribed. They would plane a 4/4 board down to 3/4, and therefore need to charge for the entire thickness. As for the calculation for your cut list, you're askin the wrong guy. I just let the man use the calculator, then I pay. Have fun.
Curt Blood