Saturday, 1 June 2013

The top 10 things to know before visiting our store

Well, you don't really need to know these things ahead of time.. but it sure helps! Lumber terminology isn't always the easiest thing to grasp! Especially when you are drooling over all the different woods...

1. How do I find your store?
We do not have a sign visible from the street. Bentley runs east off Merivale Road, first traffic light south of Hunt Club. Our building is 145 Bentley, the third last building on the street, on your left. Our unit #3 comes in from the east side of the building (far side). Our sign is overhead. Click here for a map and directions. 

Please park in one of the spots in front of our building Monday through Friday. On Saturdays you can park anywhere - other businesses are closed.

2. What is a BOARD FOOT (BF)
Why do I need to know this? Our wood is sold in various widths, thicknesses and lengths. We calculate the volume of the wood you are purchasing using this method. Don't stress! We have many calculators available and we are here to help...

The easiest way to grasp this industry convention is simply to understand that a board foot is a unit of volume equal to 144 cubic inches of wood. A board's three dimensions (thickness, width and length) in inches are multiplied together, then divided by 144 to arrive at board footage.
Ex: A board that is 84" long, 6" wide and 1" thick
84 x 6 x 1 = 504
504/144 - 3.5 board feet (bf)

The equilivant of 1 board foot...
24" x 6" x 1" = 1bf
12" x 6" x 2" = 1bf 


3. What does 4/4, 5/4, 8/4, 12/4 etc mean?
Our wood is sold in various thicknesses, and is calculated by quarters of inches. 

Examples:
4/4 - 1" thick
5/4 - 1 1/4" thick
6/4 - 1 1/2" thick 
8/4 - 2" thick
10/4 - 2 1/2" thick
12/4 - 3" thick
...

4. Do we offer discounts?
Yes! When purchasing the same type of lumber we are able to provide a discount structure. 
20bf - save 10% 
50bf - save 15% 
100bf - save 20% 

Plywood - save 10% when purchasing 6 sheets or more. 

We also have a monthly e-newsletter that notifies you of our current monthly special. Interested? You can subscribe at the bottom of the page! Our discount structure does not apply to sale items.

5. Yes, we can cut the wood to fit inside your vehicle
It's not always easy fitting a 10ft board into a Smart Car, but we can make it work. No charge for basic cuts...

6. What about precise milling jobs?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide any milling services. We can certainly recommend people though, just ask!  

7. Can I choose my boards?
Absolutely, in fact we encourage you to choose your own. Everyones taste is different and we want you to get the perfect boards for your project... even if you have to dig to the bottom of the pile! 

8. What woods are good for outdoors?
Thinking of building something for outside? We have several options.... AshWhite Oak, Spanish Cedar, Ipe, Iroko, Jatoba, Mahogany and Purpleheart. Just to name a few! 

9. Common terms used throughout the store
BF - Board foot
G2S - Good two sides
QS - Quartersawn 
R4F - Red four face
RF - Riftsawn
1C, 2C - 1 Common, 2 Common

10. Why "KJP"?
We named the store after our children... Karen, Joanne and Paul.

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