What is a Board Foot?
-- 1 inch by 12 inches by
12 inches equals 1 board foot (bf). For example: a 2"x4"x8' = 5.33 bf. At $.25 per bf that board will cost only $1.33, compared
to an average cost of $2.80 to $3+ at the home center and that board actually measures 1 1/2"x3 1/2"x8'. It doesn't take
many boards for the savings to add up.
What about drying?
-- It's been said, "the only difference between air drying
and kiln drying is time." We have an excellent climate for air drying with great results.
Rough-cut lumber is not
right for all projects.
-- Building inspectors will OK rough-cut lumber for many home projects once the moisture content
is low enough.
-- If the logs come from your own land, you can even use the lumber to build your whole house.
authorities agree that rough-cut lumber is just as good and just as strong (in some cases stronger) than kiln dried lumber.
a recent article about building with rough-cut lumber which was published in Sawmill & Woodlot Management magazine, Vermont
based forest engineer and contributing edior, Irwin Post wrote this: "I find building with rough-sawn lumber satisfying, particularly
when I've harvested the trees and milled the lumber myself. I enjoy treating each board individually, assessing it for its
strength and suitability for my purposes. I find that I work with higher quality lumber than that generally available at
lumber yards, which I consider a worthwhile trade-off for the extra time it takes to trim both ends of every piece and deal
with thickness and width variations. The money savings are also a big bonus!"