Learn the lingo with these woodworking terms that every craftsman should know.
- Allen Head – A type of screw head commonly used on machinery with a hexagon-shaped key.
- Chamfer – To create an edge on a board by cutting the top corner at a 45° angle.
- Janka Test – Usually used to test the hardness of wood for flooring, this test rates the material by pounds of pressure it takes to press a steel ball half way into the wood.
- Pith – This is the epicenter of a log that is softer than the other parts.
- Shellac – These are resin flakes used to produce a wood finish by dissolving it in alcohol.
- Zero Clearance Insert – A particular table saw blade insert that allows the blade to be raised up through the table establishing a kerf for safety and dust collection.
Learn more woodworking terms at sawdustmaking.com.
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