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Rail

Any horizontal member of a door, window, panel or cabinet frame. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Rails... [Read more]

Sharpening

Sharpening

There is nothing quite like a finely-sharpened edge. Many newcomers to the craft assume they are doing something wrong with their technique and quickly get discouraged because they just picked up grandpa’s old plane and started hacking away at some poor piece of wood. If that plane was well-tuned and the blade sharpened properly, that first experience would be much more pleasurable and the learning... [Read more]

Wane

Missing wood or untrimmed bark along the edge or corner of a piece of lumber. A natural edge like this is usually referred to as a “waned edge”. #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption... [Read more]

Throat

The distance between the cutter/blade and the body of a woodworking machine. Can also refer to the depth of a clamp. #gallery-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see... [Read more]

Thickness

The dimension of a board measured from face to face. Typically expressed in quarters. For example a 1″ thick board would be referred to as 4/4. A 2″ board would be 8/4, and so on.  Read More →

Tear Out

Chipping or splintering, usually at the point where a cutter, blade or bit exits the wood. Examples of Tearout  Read More →

Stile

Any vertical member of a door, window, panel or cabinet frame. #gallery-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Frame... [Read more]

Squeeze Out

Extra adhesive that gets forced out of a joint once clamping pressure is applied. Squeeze out serves as a good general indicator that you have enough glue in the joint. Some folks will clean up squeeze out using a damp rag or sponge, but this tends to drive the adhesive into the wood grain, which can cause staining/finishing issues later. Others will scrape the glue off once it dries, but this can... [Read more]

Snipe

A oncave depression found at the leading and/or trailing end of a board after it is passed through a planer (thicknesser) or jointer. There are many causes of snipe, including bed height, feed roller pressure/alignment, and the weight of the board itself. Consequently there are numerous ways to prevent snipe. Here’s a great tutorial on preventing planer snipe. Keep in mind that in some cases,... [Read more]

Shoulder

The surface of a tenon that is perpendicular and adjacent to the cheek of the tenon. It is also perpendicular and adjacent to the face of the board. Tenon Anatomy  Read More →

Shank

The long cylindrical shaft of a bit (usually a router bit). Common shank sizes are 1/4″, 1/2″ and 8mm. The shank size must correspond with the collet size in the router. 1/2 inch Shank Bits  Read More →

Sapwood

Sapwood is the younger, outermost wood of a tree. It is generally considered to be “alive” as it principal function is to conduct water from the roots to the leaves. As the tree ages, the sapwood dies and becomes heartwood. Sapwood is usually much lighter in color and will appears as light streaks in lumber. We usually cut around this material but on occasion, it can be used to create... [Read more]

Sacrificial

A term used to describe something that will most likely be cut, routed, sliced or damaged during a woodworking operation. You might put a sacrificial fence made of scrap wood on a miter saw. This way you can cut through it and create a zero clearance fence system. A sacrificial fence on the tablesaw can be used to bury part of the blade into the fence, as pictured below. Sacrificial Fence  Read More →

Rip Cut

A cut made in the direction of the grain. This cut is less strenuous than a cross-cut and doesn’t usually result in very much tearout. You can get away with using more aggressive blade with fewer teeth when making rip cuts. Rip Cut at the Tablesaw  Read More →

Round Over

A convex shape milled onto the edge or end of a board.  Read More →

Resaw

Re-cutting dressed lumber to produce two or more thinner pieces.  Read More →

Racking

Force exerted that twists the components of a joint in opposite directions.  Read More →

Rabbet

A recess cut into the edge or end of a board into which another piece fits to form a joint.  Read More →

Push Stick

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Featherboard

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