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Salvage Word Wednesdays: Board Foot

Salvage Word Wednesdays began as an answer to a customer’s curiosity – see the first post here! In these posts, expect to find a jargon or EWSlang term and its definition with an example (or two!) of how we use it, to the best of our abilities/knowledge. See the whole series here! If you have questions or want to submit a word, please send us your ideas via email at marketing@ewsalvage.com.

Week 2: BOARD FOOT

Salvage Wood: Board Foot

EWSalvage Example: “Reclaimed lumber is sold by the board foot.”

This term is a relatively young term to ‘Americanism’ and building trades jargon, emerging in the 1890s-1900s – not surprisingly, right around the time our beloved Washington Territory was also being explored by the hordes of lumbermen, carpenters, builders, and other skilled artisans that would build the foundations of what would one day become the second largest timber-producing State in the Nation – thanks for that fact NatGeo! As American History USA puts it, “It is difficult to imagine the development of Seattle and the rest of Washington without the presence of the logging industry.” Now, after that foray into history, back to business.

Definition: board foota unit of measure equal to the cubic contents of a piece of lumber one foot square and one inch thick, used in measuring logs and lumber. (abbrev. bf.ft.; BF).

At EWSalvage, you’ve probably heard a staff member relay that we sell our reclaimed, remilled vintage lumber by the BOARD FOOT. However, not all the lumber we acquire and sell comes in a perfect cube! So, in laymen’s terms, a board foot is a volumetric, proportional measurement which relates any piece of lumber to a hypothetical section which measures 12″x12″x1″ to determine board footage and ultimately, the selling price! Whew…that was a mouthful!

This post is becoming a bit more like Salvage Word & Math Lesson Wednesday: let’s say you came to the salvage yard and are making a fireplace mantel. You found a piece of fir at Earthwise that is just right: 3″ x 8-1/2″ x 78″. To determine the board footage of a beam, use this equation:

BF =   (L” x W” x D”) / 144″

So, that means your mantel stock piece has 13.8125 BF in volume. Simply multiply that by the $4.50/BF price to get the cost: $62.16+tax! Nice find.

EWSalvage typically sells reclaimed lumber brimming with character, nail stains, check marks, and sometimes, even those highly coveted sawblade marks for $1.95 – 3.95/BF; remilled, rough sawn lumber sells for $4.50+/BF (additional charges may apply for surfacing requests, rarer oversized stock or timber species, rush services, delivery, etc). 1″- 2-1/2″ stock is available at both locations in 6″-11″ widths x 6′-12′ lengths; we also stock chunkier dimensional material of all sorts for any project size – call or visit for current stock. Large quantity required or we don’t have what you’re looking for right now? We also offer custom milling services through the vintage sawmill at our Tacoma location – just call or email us at either location for details, lead time, minimum order size, etc!

From furniture makers, business and home owners, to DIY mantel or heirloom table project makers, salvage lovers like you have used this material in a myriad of creative ways – find TONS of examples on our #EWFamous Inspiration Page! Because we just don’t let trees get 100’s of years old anymore, this is a non-renewable resource and a great way to add character, history and provenance to your projects. This material is a showstopper and will make any project command at least a second glance!

Make sure to let us know how YOU have used reclaimed and/or remilled lumber from Earthwise, or can imagine them being used. Email us at either location or at marketing@ewsalvage.com with your salvage word suggestions!

Reclaimed Lumber Sign at EarthwiseReclaimed fir lumber at Earthwise Seattle.Dining room table made by Tim W from doug fir remilled and reclaimed by Earthwise Salvage in Tacoma.

 

 

 

Salvage Word Wednesdays: Wood Jackets

Salvage Word Wednesdays began as an answer to a customer’s curiosity regarding a term we used to describe a design detail in an Earthwise newsletter in October 2014. It was her idea that we explain (more in depth) certain phrases, words, and terms used in the salvage and construction industries on a regular basis with which the layman may not be familiar. In these posts, expect to find a jargon or EWSlang term and its definition and an example (or two!) of how we use it, to the best of our abilities. See the whole series here! If you have questions or want to submit a word, please send us your ideas via email at marketing@ewsalvage.com.

Week 1: WOOD JACKETS

EWSalvage Example: “Mike reused wood jackets as wall paneling in his entry way.”

This term is used in reference to the thin layer of greyish to chocolatey-brown oxidation that is 1/32″-1/16″ in thickness on the  outermost layer of reclaimed beams, which is usually milled off to square the material for the sawing process. This is where you see the majority of the character markings, saw blade marks, nail stains, chipping paints and patina on a piece of lumber. This material is non-uniform in dimension and not considered useable by the lumber industry – just waste to them, can you believe that?!

The resulting material which EWSalvage sells for .50 – 1.75/LF is between 1/8″-1/2″ thin and varies in lengths and widths. There are 2 finish sides: one with the patina and one without oxidation. Many clients have used this to clad walls, adding more warmth and visual interest than traditional tongue-in-groove wall paneling. It can also be used with blocking to recreate the look of exposed beams. Many love them for creative projects, as their non-uniformity lends them to easier use than full sized lumber cuts: think signage, furniture treatments, picture frames, shelving, and more.

Make sure to let us know how YOU have used wood jackets, or imagine them being used. And if you do make jackets out of wood, we would love hear about that, too! Email us at either location or at marketing@ewsalvage.com with your salvage word suggestions!

Wood Jackets Explained by EWSalvageWood jacket material visible in natural form on fir beam. Wood jacket layer visible in gray, bleached or painted form on fir beam