The definition of a board foot is rather simple: a piece of lumber that is 1 foot wide, 1 foot long, and 1 inch thick, or its volumetric equivalent. For example, a board measuring 1” thick in the rough and 6” wide and 8’ long would be 4 board feet. Use the following formula: thickness (inches) x width (inches) x length (feet) divided by 12.
Hit/miss planed and skim planed mean the same thing: taking a rough board and planing it slightly so the customer can see the lumber better, in order to choose the correct board for his or her project. This allows the customer to plane the board to the desired thickness; we can also plane boards if customers do not have access to a planer. Millwork requires advanced notice.
Hardwood lumber is typically sold at random widths and lengths. This means that boards can range from 5” to 12” wide and 8′ to 12′ long. Widths and lengths can vary depending on the species of lumber, and many unique-sized boards are available as well. If you are looking for specific sizes, call or email us to see what we have available.
If a board has been planed to final thickness, it is called S2S surfaced two sides. If the board is planed to final thickness and has one straight edge, it is referred to as S3S or surfaced three sides. If a board has been planed, ripped on one straight edge, and then ripped to a specific width (like the big box stores do), this is called S4S or surfaced four sides.
Most of our lumber is hit/miss planed. This makes it easier for customers to choose their lumber but still allows room for milling to final thickness. If you desire rough lumber or lumber finish planed, please let us know before purchasing so we can accommodate your needs.
We are happy to cut lumber for customers to make hauling easier. For example, if you purchase a 12′ long board, we can cut into two 6′ long boards if that is easier for you to take home. There is no charge for this service.
We ship plywood locally via our own trucks. We do not ship plywood via FedEx or common carrier unless the order contains lumber as well, which we package around the plywood during transit. The reason for this policy is that plywood veneers take an extremely long time to package and can be easily damaged during shipment.