Questions tagged [terminology]

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What's a bench hook?

Comments in What is a shooting board? have taken me further down the rabbit hole. What is a bench hook and how is it used?
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What is the difference between “curing” and “drying”?

When learning about different finishes, some resources talk about the finish's drying time, such as this Zinsser Shellac. The shellac dries to the touch in 15 minutes and can be re-coated in 45 ...
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What is a shooting board?

This answer regarding preventing tearout when planing end-grain suggests using a shooting board. What is it, and how does it prevent tearout?
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What is the difference between a dutchman patch and a butterfly patch?

In How can I repair a split in a board?, the accepted response suggests a "dutchman patch," but I'm getting mixed messages from various sources. Some show a dutchman as being the removal of damaged ...
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What does “stickering wood” mean?

I have seen the term "stickering wood" mentioned on a few other sites, but no one seems inclined to define what it means. Is this where you pile wood in stacks with sticks between the boards to allow ...
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What is a board foot?

Considering this lumber sales site, what is a board foot? I am use to seeing lumber measured width by height, but these products are measured thickness by board feet.
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Ripping vs Resawing - is there a reason for the difference?

While I understand the technical difference between ripping a board in two vs resawing a board into thinner boards, is there a technical reason for the distinction? Granted, thinner pieces of wood ...
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What is a camber exactly?

I was reading about extendable tables I saw the word camber. What does it mean? What steps do I need to take to avoid it. I tried looking it up but the information was about aligning tires of a ...