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Using a Tape MeasureWhile most woodworkers seem to have some kind of strange aversion to math, when buying stock at the lumberyard, using simple math is the easiest way to avoid losing money.

Many lumberyards like to simplify their board-feet measurements by rounding, but this seemingly innocent practice can really cost you a bundle. For that reason, whenever I buy hardwood stock, I always double-check the board foot calculations and make a point to the agent if my numbers don't match theirs. Frankly, if you know how to use even the most basic calculator it's so easy to determine the correct cost for the stock that I don't understand why anyone would be intimidated by the process.

In The Easy Way to Calculate Board Feet, learn the simple formula to getting precise board foot calculations when buying hardwoods. Knowing this simple formula can literally save you hundreds of dollars a year (if not more) on your hardwood purchases.

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November 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(1) Andrea says:

Thanks so much for this tip. I didn’t realize this was happening. I will pay closer attention now. This is very helpful in an economy where money is tight.

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