Lineal Foot

Some types of wood are sold at a specific width and “per lineal foot” of length. This is in contrast to “per board foot,” which is a volume measure, and can be used to tally lumber of random widths. Example: If a 1′ X 4′ X 10′ is priced by the lineal foot, multiply the … Continue reading Lineal Foot

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Quarter Measure

Lumber size is often referred to as 4/4 (pronounced FOUR-QUARTER), 5/4 (FIVE-QUARTER), 6/4 (SIX-QUARTER) ETCETERA. This refers to the thickness of the lumber when it is first sawn, and in its rough size. The size increases in 1/4″ increments. 5/4 lumber measures one and one-quarter inches, or five 1/4″ increments. When surfaced, the lumber is … Continue reading Quarter Measure

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Rough (“RGH”)

“RGH” indicates that the specified material is merchandised in its “rough” state. This material is not planer-finished.

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Dressed Four Sides (“D4S”)

“D4S” indicates that the materials have been surfaced on all four sides. NOTE: Dressing will change the actual size of a rough cut measurement. For example, a 4 X 4 piece of lumber dressed on four sides will have an actual measurement of approximately 3.5 X 3.5.

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Better (“BTR”)

When the abbreviation “BTR” is used as a suffix to a grade it indicates that the specified grade is enhanced as it includes varying quantities of higher grades and in most cases does not increase the price.

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Grade D & Better (“BTR”)

This is the Pine grade that includes all of the select grades. This grade may allow sound tight knots (STK), but for the most part this lumber is clear and free of defects.

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