board foot


Definition of board foot

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

Examples of board foot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sprawling lumber mill produces about 20 million board feet of lumber a year sold across two dozen states. CBS News, "Innovators have come up with a way to clear forests without setting fires," 7 Dec. 2019 The sawmill is one of the largest pine lumber mills in Wisconsin, turning out about 12 million board feet of lumber annually, the firm’s website says. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lumber mill in Vilas County faces $348,000 fine following worker's death," 26 July 2019 The sawmill is expected to produce 240 million board feet of timber annually. William Thornton |,, "Pike County getting $500,000 grant for sawmill project," 2 July 2019 The cuts add up to roughly 1.1 billion board feet, according to Shawn Church, editor for wood-products price reporting firm Random Lengths. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Lumber Prices Climb on Cutbacks at Canadian Saw Mills," 18 June 2019 Futures have fallen 24% in 2018, settling Wednesday at $341.30 per thousand board feet. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Home-Improvement Stocks Slide Despite Strong Economy," 7 Nov. 2018 It is projected to produce approximately 250 million board feet annually. Erin Edgemon,, "Golden Construction, Appleseed Workshop merge, announce new name," 2 Apr. 2018 If only one percent of those logs escaped and somehow eluded beachcombers, that means 100 million board feet of merchantable timber became driftwood each year. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 As for logging, about 6 million board feet of timber is forfeited on Oregon’s side of the monument each year, according to federal estimates — a small fraction of the state’s production, but still troubling, according to some local businesses. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Along California-Oregon border, debate over protected lands is clash of values," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of board foot

1834, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2019

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“Board foot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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