There's nothing like "talkin' shop" with your wood working buddies ... use this glossary of wood working and wood router terms to beef up your vocabulary.

I basically knew nothing when I first started my wood working hobby as a teenager. That included the nomenclature and vocabulary. My lack of terminology caused me some unnecessary frustration. I would want to do something like make a "half lap" joint. I could see what I wanted to do in my mind, but I couldn't describe it concisely to someone when I was asking them about how to make it. So I'd have to go into a (sometimes) lengthy description before we figured out what it was that I wanted to do. It's funny how this frustration helped the light come on for me as to why my English teachers made me do vocabulary work.

Back in those days, there was no internet. So, I had build my wood working vocabulary through many trips to our local library. I spent a lot of time digging through books an magazines to find what I wanted.

I guess this is a long winded way of saying that I started this glossary in the hope that I might save other people some time by collecting here some useful wood working / wood router related terminology.

I look at this glossary as a work in progress. I do have a full time job to pay the bills ... and to buy wood router toys:-) !!!! So, I figure I'll start the page with a few terms now and add to it as I go. Please feel free to email me suggestions of other terms you might find helpful and I'll add them in here. Whatever the case may be, I hope this page helps you in some way.

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  • Collet
    In the middle: ½" collet on top, ¼" collet on bottom
    (from wikipedia.com) a holding device—specifically, a subtype of chuck—that forms a collar around the object to be held and exerts a strong clamping force on the object when it is tightened via a tapered outer collar. It may be used to hold a workpiece or a tool. The picture shows the tapered collar on the left, 2 collets in the center, and two router bits on the right (½" shank on top, ¼" shank on bottom).

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  • Lap Joint
    Clockwise from top left: Half lap, mitred half lap, dovetail lap, and cross lap
    (from wikipedia.com) In woodworking, or metal fitting, a lap joint describes a technique for joining two pieces of material by overlapping them. A lap may be a full lap or half lap. In a full lap, no material is removed from either of the members to be joined, resulting in a joint which is the combined thickness of the two members. In a half lap joint, material is removed from each of the members so that the resulting joint is the thickness of the thickest member. Most commonly in half lap joints, the members are of the same thickness and half the thickness of each is removed.

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