# Board Foot Calculator

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## What is a Board Foot?

In the realm of hardwood lumber measurements, board foot stands as a fundamental and most used unit. It differs significantly from the square foot, a standard unit for measuring area, as it quantifies volume instead.

A board foot represents precisely one square foot of lumber, but with a specific thickness of one inch. This measurement provides a practical means of assessing the volume of wood in a piece, allowing woodworkers and lumber professionals to calculate quantities accurately for various applications.

## How to Calculate Board Feet Measurements

The board foot calculator will do the work to get your desired lumber measurements. Find out how it is calculated in this simple board foot formula:

### Length in Inches

Multiply the board’s thickness by its width and length, then divide it by 144.

Board footage formula: (thickness x width x length) / 144

### Length in Feet

Multiply the thickness by the width in inches and by the length in feet, then divide by 12.

Board Footage Formula: Thickness (in.) x Width (in.) x Length (ft.) / 12

## How to Calculate the Cost

The estimated cost of lumber is achieved by getting the total number of board feet in one lumber, multiplied by the quantity of boards.

If you know the price per board foot [1], multiply the calculated result by the price per board foot to get the total cost for the boards.

## How to Use the Board Foot Calculator

To start using the calculator, enter the length, width, and thickness of the lumber you plan to use. After that, input the cost of each board, and the calculator will provide you with the total price.

You can also specify the number of boards needed.

Click the “Calculate” button for the total board feet.

## Board Feet Charts

### 4/4 Lumber (1-Inch Thick)

 4’ L 6’ L 8’ L 10’ L 12’ L 14’ L 4” W 1.33 BF 2.0 BF 2.67 BF 3.33 BF 4.0 BF 4.67 BF 6” W 2.0 BF 3.0 BF 4.0 BF 5.0 BF 6.0 BF 7.0 BF 8” W 2.67 BF 4.0 BF 5.33 BF 6.67 BF 8.0 BF 9.33 BF 10” W 3.33 BF 5.0 BF 6.67 BF 8.33 BF 10.0 BF 11.67 BF 12” W 4.0 BF 6.0 BF 8.0 BF 10.0 BF 12.0 BF 14.0 BF

### 8/4 Lumber (2-Inch Thick)

 4’ L 6’ L 8’ L 10’ L 12’ L 14’ L 4” W 2.67 BF 4.0 BF 5.33 BF 6.67 BF 8.0 BF 9.33 BF 6” W 4.0 BF 6.0 BF 8.0 BF 10.0 BF 12.0 BF 14.0 BF 8” W 5.33 BF 8.0 BF 10.67 BF 13.33 BF 16.0 BF 18.67 BF 10” W 6.67 BF 10.0 BF 13.33 BF 16.67 BF 20.0 BF 23.33 BF 12” W 8.0 BF 12.0 BF 16.0 BF 20.0 BF 24.0 BF 28.0 BF

### FAQ

#### How many board feet are in a 2x4x8?

There are 5 1/3 board feet in a 2x4x8. Simply multiply the 2 x 4 x 8 dimensions and divide the result by 12 to determine the total board feet.

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