Do you know what a bunk is?

I recently heard a term that was used in the same sentence as paper. I believe I had heard this term before and I realized it was a term describing measurement of paper.

This term was a “ream”.

Now I don’t want to appear to be to uneducated, but the term “ream” and ” paper” have never crossed my path in the same sentence. Well, if you think for a moment, the guy on that TV program…. Duck Dynasty doesn’t  do to bad. I wonder does he know what a ream is?

I looked this term up on this cool dictionary app on my phone and here is what it says, “A standard quantity of paper, consisting of 500 sheets”. Now you have no excuse!

This new term has got me thinking about terms describing units of measure. I use several of these very often.

I have been in the lumber business for a long time and the first time I heard the word “bunk” I could only think of Archie Bunker, who after listening to Edith make a statement would say “now that’s a load of bunk”. Now I really don’t know if Archie said that but it fits and I know I heard it somewhere. OK on with the conversation…

What is a bunk? A bunk is a term used to describe a full unit of lumber. Each size of lumber has a different quantity.

For example, 2×4 s have 294 pcs, 2×6 s have 189 pcs, 2×8 s have 147 pcs (unless you are purchasing yellow pine and then they have 96 pcs), 2×10 YP have 80 pcs and finally 2×12 YP have 64 pcs.

What are some other units of measure used in your business? Some unused word, only used in the conversation between people of the same industry.  Feel free to share yours.

My point here is, we all have something we do. We all have some sort of information in our heads that probably only pertains to what we do.

Here is what I do, I buy the best “bunks” of lumber I can find.

Our customers can rest assured that we’re committed to providing them with the best “bunks” of lumber in the area.

Let us show you!

Now that’s not a load of bunk!

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    How many pieces are in a bunk of 4x6x16?

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  13. Kevin Monette 20 April 2017 at 12:29 pm Permalink

    In the lumber world, a bunk is the same as a unit. In the NE they also call them “hacks”.

    As far as units (or bunks) of 1″ boards, this is typical:
    1×4 – 416
    1×6 – 256
    1×8 – 192
    1×10 – 160
    1×12 – 128

    In lumber, it can very by specie and whether or not it is green or dry. The units listed below are typical however there are a few mills that use other unit sizes as well such as 392 for 2×4.

    2×4 208 or 294
    2×6 128 or 189
    2×8 96 or 126/147
    2×10 80 or 105
    2×12 64 or 84

    Kevin Monette – Idaho Pacific Lumber Co.

  14. Michael Makar 3 March 2017 at 2:36 pm Permalink

    I’ve always thought that a bunk describes how many pieces of lumber, as viewed from the end cut, fit in a four foot square space. This measure is akin to the way one would measure a cord of firewood.

  15. Christian 15 July 2016 at 7:20 am Permalink

    thanks a lot – I wasn’t able to find the Information elswhere.
    is there also a Guideline on how many pieces of 1×4 1×6 1×8 are in one full unit of lumber?

    Thanks a lot

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