Guide to Acronyms and Abbreviatons
4/4 - 1" thickness (i.e. 4x1/4"=4/4"=1") of rough-cut lumber.
5/4 - 1-1/4" thickness
8/4 - 2" thickness
#1 Common - the grade below SELECT. Still lots of good wood just some defects and knots.
AAW - American Association of Woodturners
ACQ - Alkaline Copper Quarternary (pressure treatment solution)
AD - Air Dried. Lumber that has been dried to between 10-19% MC
AFAIK - as far as I know
AHJ - Authority Having Jurisdiction (building inspector)
AWG - American Wire Gauge
AWTTWIS - A word to the wise is sufficient
AWW - American Woodworker magazine
B&D - Black & Decker
Banjo - Part of a lathe the tool rest is connected to
BC - Black Cherry
BDU - Battle Dress Uniform
BB - baltic birch (plywood), also sometimes referred to as BBB
BF - board foot (see board foot)
Bies - Biesemeyer fence
BLO - boiled linseed oil
Board foot - a form of wood measurement, where one board foot equals the volume of a board 1 inch thick, 12 inches wide, and 12 inches long (144 cubic inches).
BORG - The Borg are villains on Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series who vow to assimilate all. Originally meant to describe Home Depot ("Big Orange Retail Giant"), now used more generally to describe all big box stores whose predatory marketing threatens the smaller competitors. Lowe's is often called the "Blue Borg". Others are simply called Big Ole Retail Giants depending on which side of the Mason-Dixon line you are originally from.
BOW - Bethlehem Olive Wood
B.S. or BS - band saw
BTDTGTTS - Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
BTTT - back to the top; see "bump"
BTW - by the way
Bump - This term is sometimes used when someone wants to bring an old thread back to the top of the "new posts" list. Posting a new reply in an old thread "bumps" that thread to the "top" of the list. Sometimes the user simply posts the word "bump" -- the actual content of the reply often is not as important as bringing back the old topic. See also "BTTT".
BW - Bridgewood machinery also Black Walnut
CA - cyanoacrylate glue (superglue)
CCA - Chromated Copper Arsenate (pressure treating solution)
CFM - cubic feet per minute
CFO - Chief Financial Officer (see LOML and SWMBO)
CH - Campbell Hausfeld (compressors)
CI - cast iron
CL - Craig's List
CM - Craftsman or Chris Mathes
C.M.S. or CMS - compound miter saw
CNC - Computer Numeric Control (automated processing equipment usually involving router-like machinery)
CRS - can't remember stuff
CS - (1) cabinet saw; (2) chop saw; (3) circular saw; (4) contractor saw. (all those meanings makes this one pretty useless, doesn't it?)
Dado - a long groove cut in a piece of wood for joinery, such as case sides or shelves. Dadoes run across the grain, while a groove runs with the grain.
DAMHIKT - don't ask me how I know this...
DAYG - design as you go
DC - (1) direct current; (2) dust collector
DQ - "Discount Qualified"; signifies a member of NCWoodworker.net who is eligible for special group bargains, deals, and/or certain merchant discounts. Eligibility requirements are listed here, but may be subject to change.
DH - darling husband
DIY - do it yourself
DM - David Marks
DNA - Denatured alcohol
DOA - Durham - Alamance - Orange (Counties) Area
Doyle Scale - Unit of Log yield in Board feet
D.P. or DP - drill press
DS - drum sander
DT - dovetail joint
DW - (1) Dewalt; (2) darling wife; (3) Daryl Waltrip
FAS - firsts and seconds. Seconds being the best grade.
FIBANO - ("fib-a-no") Forget it. Buy a new one
Fillister - a plane for making a rabbet - this is a rabbeting plane with an adjustable fence, depth stop and nicker for cross-grain work; (2) the rabbet on the outer edge of a sash bar to hold the glass and the putty.
FMT - Leigh's Frame Mortise & Tenon jig
FS - for sale
Fubar - "flubbed" up beyond all recognition/repair
FWIW - for what it's worth
FWW - Fine Woodworking magazine
FYI - For Your Information
Galoot - older person (sometimes, but not always, a Neander); also stands for "Galoots Are Lovers Of Old Tools"
GF - General Finishes
GFCI - ground fault circuit interrupter
Griz - Grizzly machinery
Groove - a long groove cut in a piece of wood for joinery, such as drawer bottoms or floating panels. A groove runs with the grain, while dadoes run across the grain.
Good Will - Garrett Wade
HD - Home Depot
HDG - Hot Dipped Galvanized
HF - Harbor Freight
HOW - Hillsborough Orange Woodworkers
HTH - Hope That Helps
HVLP - high volume/low pressure
IAP - International Association of Penturners
IBTL - "I beat the lock", or "in before the lock"; posted to a thread in which the poster knows that any rational debate has long since been abandoned, and will shortly be locked by the forum administrator
IIRC - if I recall correctly
IME - in my experience
IMHO - in my humble opinion
International Scale - Unit of log yield in Board feet
IOW - in other words
IPA - isopropyl alcohol
IpÍ - A very hard South American hardwood, also known as Brazilian Walnut, with a Janka Hardness of 3684.
IR - (1) Ingersoll-Rand (compressors); (2) Infrared, as in a remote control.
Janka Hardness Scale - a scale of relative wood hardnesses, or, more specifically, the force required to dent the wood by a specified amount, where higher values represent harder woods. For example, White Oak scores 1360, Purpleheart 1860, IpÍ 3684 and Lignum Vitae an impressive 4500.
JMTCW - just my two cents worth
JWW - Japan Woodworker
KD - (1) Kiln-dried; (2) Knock-down (furniture or fittings)
Kerf - the groove or gap created by a saw blade. On a 10" table saw, a typical blade creates a 1/8 inch wide gap while a "thin kerf" blade creates a 3/32 inch gap.
Lexicon - (1) a dictionary; (2) a stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary
LN - Lie-Nielsen
LOL - laughing out loud
LOML - love of my life (see SWMBO)
LOYL - love of your life (see SWMBO)
LV - Lee Valley
M&T - mortise & tenon
MC - moisture content
MDF - medium density fiberboard
MDO - medium density overlay
MEK - methyl ethyl ketone
MM - Minimax, machine manufacturer
MOCW - My one cents worth (as opposed to two cents worth)
MS - mineral spirits
MWTCA - Mid-West Tool Collectors Association (national organization)
Neander or Neanderthal - someone who prefers hand tools over power tools
NEC - National Electric Code
NGR - non grain-raising
NHLA - National Hardwood Lumber Association
Nicker - on a dado hand plane, this is a small blade perpendicular to and in front of the main cutter, which acts as a knife to sever the wood fibers at the edge of the main cutter; used for cross-grain cutting. Not to be confused with "knickers".
Normite - User of power tools (ref: Norm Abrams of NYW)
NYW - New Yankee Workshop
OBO - or best offer
OSB - oriented strand board
OSS - oscillating spindle sander
OTOH - on the other hand
OWWM - Old Woodworking Machines
PC - Porter Cable
PM - (1) Powermatic; (2) private message
Poly - polyurethane
PPI - points per inch (e.g. of a saw blade); measured point-to-point (usually TPI +1)
PR - Poly Resin
PRG - plastic resin glue
PSI - pounds per square inch
PT - pressure treated
PVA - polyvinyl acetate (white glue)
PWPTMMTTB- People Who Post Too Many Messages To This Board
PWW - Popular Woodworking magazine
QFT - quoted for truth
QS - quartersawn
QSRO - quartersawn red oak
QSWO - quartersawn white oak
R&S - rail and stile
Rabbet - an "L" shaped groove cut across the end or along the side of a board for joinery; synonymous with "rebate" (see also "fillister")
RAS - radial arm saw
RH - relative humidity
RLW - random length and width
RO - red oak
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO - rolling on floor laughing my... well, you figure it out
ROS - random orbit sander
S2S - surfaced on two sides
S4S - surfaced on four sides
SCC - Shop Crawl Committee
S.C.M.S. or SCMS - sliding compound miter saw
Scribner Scale - unit of log yield, in board feet
Select - The grade below FAS. Same quality only the board is under 6" wide and less that 72 cutting units.
SF - Shop Fox machinery
SMC - Saw Mill Creek
Spam - bulk unsolicited (usually commercial) email
SLR1E - Straight Line Rip one Edge
SPF - Spruce, Pine or Fir
SS - (1) scroll saw; (2) ShopSmith; (3) stainless steel
SSD - Scott Smith Disease, need I say more?
Story Stick - a length of wood, usually a scrap, used for measuring and layout of dimensions in cabinetry
SU - SketchUp
Suck - A term used to congratulate purchaser of a new tool -- translates to "I'm jealous!"
SWIUI- She Who Is Usually ignored
SWMBO - She who must be obeyed (see LOML)
SYP - southern yellow pine
T&G - tongue & groove
TAS - Tilting arbor saw
TIA - thanks in advance
TPI - teeth per inch (e.g. of a saw blade); measured gullet-to-gullet (usually PPI - 1)
T.S. or TS - table saw
TSP - Trisodium Phosphate, used by some to clean saw blades
TWA - Triangle Woodworkers Association (regional association that meets in Raleigh)
UMHW - ultra high molecular weight polyethylene
VOC - volatile organic compound; organic gasses (eg paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, glues, permanent markers, etc)
VS - variable speed
WB - (1) workbench; (2) water-based (usually finish)
WC - Woodcraft
WDITOT - Why didn't I think of that?
WGD - "Woodguy's Disease", a virus that has spread throughout more than a handful of members of the board. Originally isolated to the western part of NC, it has become too widespread for quarantine. This guy is currently under investigation from the CDC for a possible connection in the outbreak.
Winding Sticks - short lengths of timber or some other flat and stable material, used in pairs to help with flattening and removing twist (wind) from boards and panels when working with hand tools
WIP - work in progress
Witness Marks - marks put on boards or pieces to keep them in order during gluing, joining and assembly
WN - WoodNet
WNCWW - Western NC Woodworkers Association
WO - white oak
WRC - western red cedar
WTB - want to buy (in buy & sell forum)
WWFS&TT-will work for shop & tool time
WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get
YMMV - your mileage may vary
Yorkie - Yorkcraft machinery
ZCI - zero clearance insert, used on a tablesaw to keep thin pieces from slipping between blade and table slot.
YW - You are welcome
ZIP Code Saw - name affectionately given to the line of Sears Craftsman hybrid saws, referred to by their model numbers which resemble ZIP codes. For example, model #22124 is also the ZIP code for Oakton, VA.