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Bill,

Technically speaking, in the lumber industry, boards are limited to pieces that are 1 inch or less in thickness. 2x's are "dimension" lumber or pieces. You can also call them "2 bys". Check out this website.They have producers (lumber mills) that have longer lengths.
http://www.southernpine.com/specprod/index.pl

If you have any other questions about long timbers, contact me.

bruce(--nospam--at)specialtywoodproducts.net

or www.specialtywoodproducts.net


We recently obtained a 12x16x38 #1 DF timber for approximately $3500/MBF. Price $2128.00!!!!!

Dimension lumber is generally in the $300 to $600/MBF. ($0.30 to $0.60 per BF)

MBF = 1000 board feet (BF), a board foot is 2x6 by 1 foot long.

For example, a SP #1 2x12x20 is approximately (2)(12)/12 = 2BF per foot times 20 feet = 40 BF times $.60 = $24.00.

Bruce Pooley, PE
Timber Design

now Full time employee at
Specialty Wood Products
Aurora, Colorado

----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2004 7:21 AM
Subject: WOOD: Long Boards


Ignorance on parade, here. How does this guy get any clients?

I have quite a few "longer than the 18' stock length" 2x joists in a current design. (The 18' stock length is what Woodworks insists is the rule).

My question is: Just how much of a problem is this? How much additional cost might be incurred? Is it better to look at I-joists for spans greater than 18 feet? Or didn't someone mention a Simpson splice connector in here earlier (sorry, I wasn't listening closely enough).

Thanks.

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