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What is board-foot?

The board-foot is a unit of volume equal to 2.359737216x10-3 cubic meters (1 board-foot = 2.359737216x10-3 m³), the derived unit of volume in the International System of Units (SI). It is also equal to 2,359.737216 cubic centimeters (cm³), or 2.359737216 cubic decimeters (dm³), or 2.359737216x10-6 cubic decameters (dam³) or 2.359737216x10-12 cubic kilometers (km³), which are units of volume in the SI.

A volume of 1.0 board-foot is equivalent to the volume of a board that has a surface area of 1.0 square foot (that is, 1.0 foot long and 1.0 foot wide) and a thickness of 1.0 inch. The square foot (sq ft) is a unit of area in the US customary / Imperial systems of units. The inch (in) is a unit of length in the US customary / Imperial systems of units.

The board-foot formulas:

    1 board-foot = 1 foot (ft) × 1 foot (ft) × 1 inch (in) = 1 square foot (sq ft) × 1 inch (in)

    1 board-foot = 12 inches (in) × 12 inches (in) × 1 inch (in) = 144 square inches (sq in) × 1 inch (in)

The board-foot is used in the United States and Canada as a unit of volume for lumber.

Symbol:

fbm

Plural:

board-feet

Also called:

board foot (plural: board feet), super foot or superficial foot (in Australia and New Zealand)

Board-foot conversions: quick links

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