board foot


: a unit of quantity for lumber equal to the volume of a board 12 × 12 × 1 inches
abbreviation bd ft

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster was originally built in 1925, and its restoration in the early 1990s included all new tracks, thousands of board feet of lumber, and two new trains with modern restraint systems. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2023 That's the lowest point for lumber this year – but still higher than the 2020 high of $400 per board foot. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 6 June 2022 The prediction is, next year the price will be as high as $1,516.96 per board foot. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2021 Prices have eased a bit in recent weeks but remain high: Lumber futures contracts were trading at $797 per board foot at the end of June — 84.7 percent higher than a year earlier and roughly double the June 2019 price., 18 July 2021 The annual volume of timber the division puts up for sale has averaged 227 million board feet a year in the west side forests covered by the forest management plan, said Liz Dent, chief of the state forest division. oregonlive, 20 Oct. 2019 Expert witnesses called by the counties lawyers testified that the state could have cut an additional 3.6 billion board feet of timber from the state forests since 2004. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2019 Canadian mills last year curtailed 2 billion board feet in annual lumber production after beetles and wildfires drove up log costs and tariffs cut into mills’ margins. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2020 Aero-grade Sitka spruce timber was used to build planes in both World War I and World War II, with the Alaska Spruce Log Program sending 38.5 million board feet of high-quality Sitka spruce to mills in Puget Sound in 1943. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 16 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of board foot was in 1834

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“Board foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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