Fstedy, your right about the use of a grading stick. Sent Logrite a suggestion about making one while back...donít know if it would be practical out of aluminum the way they are used.
Used to be all the hardwood yards gave away cheap sticks with there name on it...advertizement. Havenít seen one in years...but somebody I bet, is still making those cheapies.
The grading stick is the fastest way to tally lumber. A lot less chance for error than the calculator. You lay the stick across the board and read surface measure which in 4/4 is the board footage. No calculations involved. The only time I donít use it is when making a layer tally.
If you find any of the cheap ones post back here...got couple of guys that want em but donít like the price of the one I posted.