The board foot is a unit of volume derived from the imperial system of units with the symbol FBM.
1 board foot is equal to the volume of an object one foot in length, one foot wide and one inch thick. It is therefore equal to 1/12 ft³.
The board foot is the unit used to measure rough or planed lumber. For example 2 x 4 timber when planed actually only measures 1.5 in x 3.5 in. This takes into account the wastage when planing. The board feet measurement in this case would represent the wholesale amount. Where the loss in board feet (and planing) only applies to width and thickness, the actual length is used - as there is no loss when cutting lengths.
The litre (or liter; US spelling) is a unit of volume and is a non-SI metric unit with the symbol L).
1 litre is equal to the volume in a cube with edges all measuring 10cm. There are 0.22 imperial gallons in a litre. Conversely, 1 imperial gallon is equal to 4.5461 gallons.
1 litre of water weights exactly 1 kilogram.
After the metric system was introduced in France in 1791, it took a couple of years for the entire country to implement it in everyday use. After much backlash, it was decided that the cubic metre was too big for everyday use. By 1795 it was announced that the former 'cadil' (0.001 cubic metres) had been given a new name; 'litre'.