Two questions I seem to get every day. Not that I think most peole need or really want these numbers but it give a concrete question and (possibly) a simple number to take away.
How much does that weigh?
How much will that cost me to build?
While I was an editor at a woodworking magazine, I received a lot of questions about the projects we published. Here are two questions that were tricky to answer:
- How much does that project weigh?
- How much does that project cost to build?
These aren’t really questions that I ask myself as a builder unless I’m making something for NASA or a customer on a crazy tight budget. But readers deserve an answer better than, “I dunno.”
So here’s how to spitball both.
There are lots of published statistics of the average weight of each species. Usually this is listed as the “weight per cubic foot” of that wood. Let’s take koa as an example. A cubic foot of koa is 38 lbs. If you divide that by 12, then you know the weight of one board foot of koa – 3.16 lbs.
Note that this an average weight…
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