How Many Board Feet Do I Need? – 360w360 E.177

bdftIn this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys discuss whether you need to calculate board footage or if that’s a myth.

Join the guys twice each week for six lively minutes of discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more). Chuck & Glen, and sometimes a surprise guest, all have their own opinions. Sometimes they agree and sometimes they don’t, but the conversation is always information packed and lots of fun.

If you have topics you’d like to hear covered in future episodes, click here to send an email to the guys.


  • Sponsors











Posted on

3 thoughts on “How Many Board Feet Do I Need? – 360w360 E.177

  1. IMO – knowing board feet prior to lumber selection is only useful in estimating costs for a client (or appeasing the wife with how much you are spending on the next random wood purchase).
    If I have a rough cut list, I will pull boards for grain and pattern to maximize the board, and I write notes on the board in the yard, with each piece already marked out.
    Now that I am more remote from good yards, I do have a lumber supplier back east that if I send him a rough plan/cut lists/ and specify where I want boards to match – will pull me the lumber. I trust him explicitly. So I can specify I need a wide cherry board to do single panels of this dimension, then I need some cherry that I need matching grain of this – and he will go through his stock and decide. I think he may be a rarity.

    1. Jim,
      Your supplier is a true gem. It’s obvious that you have built a trust in him and that he understands your woodworking. Keep that relationship strong, but also, don’t rely on him to make all your final decisions about grain match and color match. It’s still your project.

    2. Jim,

      That’s what I always liked about the folks at Hearne Hardwoods. If you have ballparks on the widths and lengths you need, they’re willing to dig out log sets (boards all from the same tree) so color and grain match fairly well. And if you’re looking for something special in the figure department, they’re always happy to pull that as well, but they’re an extraordinary bunch. Lumbermen like them, and your source, are not the norm in the industry.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *