Lumber Optimization Schedule

Uncategorized Nov 25, 2015

Just about every quality framing plan I’ve seen tags the lengths of the headers, ceiling joists and rafters to the nearest 1′ increment. This is a great guide for both the estimator and the framer. If however, the estimator is quantifying all the 4′ members to be cut from a 2x6x12, and the framer is actually cutting these from a 2x6x8 or 2x6x16, then this will obviously result in a substantial takeoff error.

This schedule is based on the lowest common denominator for typical lumber lengths: 5’ members are estimated and cut from 10’ boards; 7’ members are estimated and cut from 14’ boards; and, 1’, 2’, 3’, 4’, 6’ members are estimated and cut from 12’ boards. All other tagged member lengths, such as 8’, 10’, 12’, 14’, 16’, 18’ etc. are estimated as their nominal length.

I believe that any communication tool that aligns the estimator with the tradesmen will result in a cleaner, more profitable project.

Lumber Cut Schedule