Framing Lumber
MBF means per 1,000 board feet. One board foot is the volume of lumber in a nominal 1" x 12" board one foot long. A 2" x 6" joist 10 feet long has 10 board feet. To determine the board feet of lumber in any piece, multiply the width in inches by the depth in inches by the length in feet. Then divide by 12. [view picture]
Douglas fir – #2 & Better
  2" x 4" – Green Ea 607.00 3.23 4.85 6.47
  2" x 6" – KD Ea 691.00 5.53 8.30 11.10
  2" x 8" – KD Ea 544.00 5.80 8.70 11.60
  2" x 10" – KD Ea 706.00 9.41 14.10 18.80
  2" x 12" – KD Ea 679.00 10.90 16.30 21.70
Douglas fir – kiln dried Standard & Better
  2" x 4" Ea 655.00 3.49 5.24 6.98
  2" x 6" Ea 668.00 5.34 8.01 10.70
  2" x 8" Ea 612.00 6.53 9.80 13.10
  2" x 10" Ea 727.00 9.68 14.50 19.40
  2" x 12" Ea 734.00 11.70 17.60 23.50
Douglas fir finish and clear – C & Better, vertical grain, S4S, dry. West Coast prices. Add 10% to 30% for transportation to other areas
  2" x 2" Ea 3,760.00 9.42 14.20 18.90
  2" x 3" Ea 3,810.00 14.20 21.10 28.40
  2" x 4" Ea 4,240.00 21.20 32.00 42.70
  2" x 6" Ea 4,730.00 35.70 53.40 71.40
  2" x 8" Ea 5,340.00 53.80 80.80 108.00
  2" x 10" Ea 6,640.00 83.70 126.00 167.00
  2" x 12" Ea 8,950.00 130.00 195.00 259.00
Douglas fir finish and clear – C & Better, flat grain, S4S, dry. West Coast prices. Add 10% to 30% for transportation to other areas
  2" x 2" Ea 3,650.00 9.16 13.80 18.50
  2" x 3" Ea 3,650.00 13.80 20.70 27.40
  2" x 4" Ea 3,680.00 18.60 27.80 37.00
  2" x 6" Ea 4,250.00 32.20 48.30 64.40
  2" x 8" Ea 4,260.00 43.00 64.40 85.70
  2" x 10" Ea 4,260.00 53.70 80.40 107.00
  2" x 12" Ea 5,660.00 85.50 129.00 170.00
Hemlock/fir, kiln dried
  2" x 4" – Standard & Better Ea 573.00 3.05 4.58 6.11
  2" x 6" – #2 & Better Ea 595.00 4.76 7.13 9.51
  2" x 8" – #2 & Better Ea 547.00 5.84 8.75 11.70
  2" x 10" – #2 & Better Ea 563.00 7.51 11.30 15.00
  2" x 12" – #2 & Better Ea 626.00 10.00 15.00 20.00
Spruce pine fir (SPF), kiln dried
  2" x 4", #2 and Better Ea 422.00 2.25 3.37 4.50
  2" x 6", #2 and Better Ea 554.00 4.43 6.65 8.86
  2" x 8", #2 and Better Ea 747.00 7.96 12.00 15.90
  2" x 10", #2 and Better Ea 655.00 8.73 13.10 17.50
  2" x 12", #2 and Better Ea 749.00 12.00 18.00 24.00
  2" x 4", Standard and Better Ea 552.00 2.94 4.41 5.88
  4" x 4", Standard and Better Ea 708.00 7.55 11.30 15.10
Red cedar – green S4S
  2" x 4" Ea 1,550.00 8.28 12.40 16.60
  2" x 6" Ea 1,900.00 15.20 22.80 30.50
Red cedar – green – D and Better S4S
  2" x 2" Ea 2,720.00 7.25 10.90 14.50
  2" x 4" Ea 3,360.00 18.00 26.90 35.90
  2" x 6" Ea 2,490.00 19.90 29.90 39.80

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