If you are someone who is just getting started in woodworking, the first step is to learn the basic terminology. Doing so will make it easier to understand plans and blueprints, and help you communicate with others when doing woodworking projects. Knowing the basic woodworking terms will ultimately help you complete projects efficiently and decrease the chances of making mistakes or injuring yourself. Though there are hundreds of woodworking terms, several terms are more important to know because they are the most common.
One commonly used term that in woodworking projects is linear foot, which refers to a straight line measurement. A miter gauge is an accessory used with a stationary sander, router table, and a band saw. This helps stabilize the wood while also helping the user cut it at an angle. It will also tell you what angle the wood needs to be cut at.
Check is another basic woodworking term that is worth knowing. It is a split in the wood lengthwise that happened during the drying process. A device that holds a fixed object in place is known as a collet, which is commonly used with CNC milling machines and routers. A joiner is a woodworking term that refers to a machine that straightens the edges of a board, typically to prepare it for gluing.
Milling involves feeding a workpiece into a tooth cutter to cut away the material. A kickback describes an occurrence when a board is rejected by the machine and sent back to the operator. This could cause a very dangerous situation especially when the wood is thick, heavy, and comes back forcefully.
The kickback happens when cutting the wood and somehow it’s thrown back by the machine at the operator. Regardless as to why kickbacks happen, they can cause a serious injury if the operator gets struck in the wrong spot or isn’t wearing the proper safety gear.
The above are just several of many basic woodworking terms to get familiarized with before beginning projects. Not knowing these terms will lead to mistakes, frustration, and increase the risk of injury. Woodworking for most is supposed to fun and an outlet for using creativity. From building birdhouses to cabinets, the projects you can work out are virtually endless when it comes to woodworking.