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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 08-01-2012 03:28 AM 6306 views 44 times favorited 138 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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08-01-2012 03:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: acronym glossary resource woodworking glossary

I am relatively new to LJ, having joined a little more than 4 months ago. I have been going through every posted project and I’ve favorited over 130 of your completed projects or jigs. I did run across a bunch of acronyms, and I thought it might be helpful to post some of those for other newer members. My hope is that this could become a resource to other LJs.

Please feel free to add or correct any of the listed acronyms.

Lumberjocks Glossary

AC—Arts and Crafts style
ACQ—alkaline copper quaternary
AFAIK—as far as I know
ATB—alternate top bevel
ATC—Anarchist’s Tool Chest
BB—Baltic birch
BBS—big box store
BD—bevel down
BDT—blind dovetail
BF—board foot or bdft
BFD—big freaking deal
B&G—Blood and Gore, a resource for hand tool information
BGE—Big Green Egg
BKP—beetle kill pine
BLO – boiled linseed oil
BORG—big orange retail giant (specifically refers to Home Depot, but could be Lowe’s or other large retailer)
BORK—bolt-on ripping/riving knife
BS—bandsaw; belt sander; (could be used in another context as well)
BTDT—been there, done that
BTW—by the way
BU—bevel up
CA—cyanoacrylate (super glue); cellulose acetate (used to make hand plane tote and chisel handles)
CB—cutting board; center band (pen turning)
CBN—cubic boron nitride (grinding wheel material)
CCA—copper chromated arsenate
CS—customer service
CNC—computer numeric controlled
CPVC—chloropolyvinyl chloride
DC – dust collection
DAMHIKT—don’t ask me how I know this
DBH—diameter at breast height
DF—Douglas fir
DNA—denatured alcohol; blood/skin left on tools or project
DO—Danish oil
DP—drill press
EDH—Eastern dense hardwoods
ER—emergency room
ETJC—estimated time for job completion
EWP—Eastern White Pine
FAS—firsts and seconds (top lumber grade)
FBM—foot board measure
FTB—flat top bevel
FUBAR—Freaked up beyond any repair
FWIW—For what it’s worth
FWW – Fine Woodworking Magazine
G&G—Greene and Greene
HF—Harbor Freight
HHG—hot hide glue
HPOYD—Hand planes of your dreams
H&R—hollows and rounds, a reference to molding/moulding planes
HT—heat treated
HVLP—high volume, low pressure
HWBMT—He Who Buys Me Tools
IIRC—if I recall correctly
IMO/IMHO/IMMO—in my humble/modest opinion
KD—kiln dried
KD-HT—both kiln dried and heat treated
LAAB—low angle, adjustable block plane
LAJ—low angle jack plane
LAAM—low angle, adjustable mouth plane
LHG—liquid hide glue
LOML—love of my life
LV—Lee Valley
LVL – laminated veneer lumber
MC—moisture content
MDF – medium density fiberboard
MDO—medium density overlay
MEK—methyl ethyl ketone
MT/M&T—mortise and tenon
NELMA—Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association
NOS—new old stock
NYWS – New Yankee Workshop
OATS—off axis triangle segmenting
OC/OS—Oh crap; oh s#$%
OP—original post/poster
OSB—oriented strand board
OTH—ouch that hurt
OTOH—on the other hand
OTP—off topic post
PIA/PITA—pain in the a##
PO—previous owner
POS – piece of s#$%
PPI – points per inch (TPI +1)
PSA—pressure sensitive adhesive
PT—pressure treated with either CCA or ACQ
PTL—pressure treated lumber
PTMPA—“Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America”
PVA—polyvinyl acetate
PVC—polyvinyl chloride
PWN—pine wool nematode
QR—quick release
QSWO – quarter sawn white (red) oak
RAS—radial arm saw
ROS—random orbital sander
RS—rift sawn
RT—router table
SBF—salad bowl finish
SCMS – sliding compound miter saw
SIL—son-in-law; sister-in-law
SPF—spruce, pine and fir
SS—Shopsmith; SawStop; scrollsaw; stainless steel
SnS—surfaced on n sides (n = 1, 2, 3 or 4)
SWAG—scientific wild a## guess
SWBMT—She Who Buys Me Tools
SWMBO – She Who Must Be Obeyed
SYP—Southern yellow pine
TBMK—to the best of my knowledge
TCG—triple chip grind
TG—tool gloat
TK—thin kerf
TMFTOYH—too much freakin’ time on your hands (or other variations)
TPI—teeth per inch (PPI -1)
TS—table saw
TWW – The Wood Whisperer; The Wounded Warrior Project
UHMW—ultra high molecular weight
VFD—variable frequency drive
VI—village idiot
VS—variable speed
WAG—wild a## guess
WIP – work in progress
WTF—Wood Turners Finish
WWMM—Woodworking for Mere Mortals
WWPA—Western Wood Products Association
YMMV—your mileage may vary
ZCI—zero clearance insert
ZCTP—zero clearance throat plate

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 03:29 AM

SWMBO- She Who Must Be Obeyed.

That’s all I’ve got for ya!

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 03:34 AM

WWMM – Woodworking for Mere Mortals – the entertaining and useful webiste of fellow LJ Steve Ramsey

There are some I don’t know – I will add them to the bottom of this post when I come across them again.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 03:35 AM

One that I haven’t seen of late and couldn’t figure out seemed to indicate big box store. What was that?



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 03:37 AM

@Lee – Was it BORG or something similar?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 03:40 AM

BS = bandsaw; TS = Tablesaw

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 03:55 AM

Thanks for the definitions or new entries. I have updated the glossary to reflect the new additions/corrections.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 04:22 AM

Great list Don. I know I’ve had to scratch my head trying to figure out some of these when I first saw them.

I think BORG was referring to the Big Orange Box Store – Home Depot, but it could have been any Big Box store.

I’ve seen guys use LOML which I assume means Love of my Life.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 04:27 AM

OTP – Off Topic Post = Best forum on LJ site.

-- This is a Troll Free zone.

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#9 posted 08-01-2012 06:23 AM

BORG – Big Orange Retail Giant
BS(alternative) – Belt Sander

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 09:35 AM

ROS = Random Orbit Sander (even though there’s nothing random about them)
CNC = Computer Numeric Control (computer controlled routerery thingwhat doobrie)

And let’s not forget…
TLA = Three Letter Acronym

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#11 posted 08-01-2012 10:46 AM

RAS = radial arm saw (or less commonly, a Festool rotary sander model)
LAJ = low angle jack plane
RT = router table
DO = danish oil
WB = waterborne
SBF = salad bowl finish

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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Raymond Thomas

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#12 posted 08-01-2012 11:37 AM

IMO = in my opinion
IMMO = in my modest opinion
SYP – southern yellow pine
DNA = denatured alcohol and (left blood/skin in project)
VS = variable speed
VFD = variable frequency driver
CA = cyanoacrylate

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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Don Broussard

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#13 posted 08-01-2012 12:58 PM

The acronym glossary has been updated. We are up to 33 entries now. Thanks for all of your contributions!

My woodworking education continues . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 08-01-2012 01:49 PM

all the saw blade stuff:

TK – Thin Kerf
ATB – Alternate Top Bevel
FTG – flat top grind
TCG – triple chip grind

I see this a lot too:
WWII – (forrest) woodworker II


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#15 posted 08-01-2012 02:00 PM

Good post-this promises to be one that you’ll be updating for some time.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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