Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Hardwood Terminology
  2. Lumber Dimensions
  3. Board Foot Calculations
  4. Shipping Guidlines
  5. Directions
  6. Sales Tax Exemption

Hardwood Terminology:

FAS:  First and seconds; highest grade of lumber; 83% clear on the poor side
#1 Common:  Second highest grade of lumber; 67% clear on the poor side
#2 Common:  Third highest grade of lumber; 50% clear on the poor side
4/4: one inch rough sawn lumber
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Lumber Dimensions

Most hardwood lumber is sold under the “quarter” (1/4) system. Four-1/4” to an inch. In other words “4/4 rough” equals 1” thick, 5/4 equals 1-1/4” thick, 8/4 equals 2” thick, etc.

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Board Foot Calculation
All hardwood is sold by the board foot (1 bf = 144 cubic inches.) To calculate board feet, multiply length in inches by width in inches by thickness and divide by 144 inches (i.e. 96”L x 6” W x 1”T=576”. Divided this by 144” = 4 bf.) Board footage is calculated on lumber prior to surfacing. Material less than one inch is tallied by the square foot.
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Shipping Guidlines
All orders submitted to WormyChestnutLumber.com must be prepaid. Shipping costs are to be paid by the customer FOB (freight on board) Boone, NC. We are happy to arrange shipping for our customers, but we are not responsible for any shipping charges.
All of our lumber shipments are made either by FedEx or Roadway Express. Most shipments up to 200 board feet are sent via FedEx. Shipments in excess of 200 board feet are usually sent via Roadway Express. We always determine the most feasible and economical way to ship our product in order to bring our customers the greatest value possible.
FedEx Guidelines

FedEx has certain shipping restrictions on all their packages. They will not accept any package longer than 9 feet. Please read and understand the FedEx oversized definitions as outlined below which will directly affect shipping cost.

Oversize 1: a package weighing less than 30 pounds with dimensions that exceed 84 inches in length and girth combined and is less than or equal to 108" combined will be charged as a 30lb package. Any package that weights over 30lbs will be charged according to the actual weight.
Oversize 2: a package weighing less than 50 pounds with dimensions that exceed 108 inches in length and girth combined and is less than or equal to 130" combined will be charged as a 50lb package. Any package that weights over 50lbs will be charged according to the actual weight.
Oversize 3: a package weighing 150lbs or less and measures greater than 130" in length and girth combined will be billed the actual weight or a 90lb minimum billable rate. An additional oversize charge of $30 per package will also be charged on any package that exceeds 130" in length and girth.
Roadway Express Guidelines
Roadway Express has no restrictions when it comes to shipping lumber. Roadway Express is a more efficient method of shipping for large orders (greater than 200 board feet). Residential customers will be charged an extra $50 - $70 charge for a non commercial home delivery . You may of course pick your shipment up at the nearest terminal at no extra cost to you. I always ship via common carrier when quantities are over 200 board feet because this method is much more efficient and cheaper.
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Directions

From Charlotte, NC:

  • Take I-77 North for approximately 63 miles
  • Merge onto exit 73-B toward North Wilkesboro and 421 North
  • Take 421 North for approximately 42 miles
  • Follow 421 North and turn right onto 221 South
  • Go 6.4 miles and turn right onto Water Tank Road
  • Go approximately 2 miles and end at 1887 Watertank Road

From Winston-Salem, NC:

  • Take 421 North from Winston-Salem for approximately 70 miles
  • Turn right onto 221 North
  • Go 5.5 miles and turn right onto Windy Hill Road
  • Follow 421 North and turn right onto 221 South
  • Go 6.4 miles and turn right onto Water Tank Road
  • Go approximately 2 miles and end at 1887 Watertank Road

From Roanoke, VA:

  • Take I-81 South for approximately 60 miles
  • Merge onto I-77 South at exit 81 for 72 miles
  • Merge onto US-421 N via exit 73B toward Wilkesboro/Boone for 55 miles.
  • Follow 421 North and turn right onto 221 South
  • Go 6.4 miles and turn right onto Water Tank Road
  • Go approximately 2 miles and end at 1887 Watertank Road

From Johnson City, TN:

  • Take US 19 West/US 23 South
  • Merge onto 321 North via exit 31
  • Turn right onto TN-37 and follow South
  • Turn left onto TN-67/US 321
  • Turn right onto 321 and follow 321 for approximately 30 miles
  • Go straight to go onto 421 South for approximately 10 miles
  • Follow 421 South and turn left onto 221 South
  • Go 6.4 miles and turn right onto Water Tank Road
  • Go approximately 2 miles and end at 1887 Watertank Road
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Sales Tax Exemption
 
North Carolina sales tax is 7%. In order to be exempt from this tax you must fill out a North Caroilina Sales Tax Exemption Form.
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