Glossary of Dave-isms

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-28-2016 06:06 PM 775 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sort of work in progress.

I wanted to create a place where I could point folks from my posts that might explain one or two of my turns of phrase. I’ll add to this as I notice some of the Dave-isms I use.

Big-A, a nicer way to say Big-A—. ‘Big-A saw’ sounds like a store brand.

Cheap-A, a nice way to say Cheap-A—

Drawer Wood, This is typically wood that I have salvaged from dressers that I see out for the trash. For the most part they are likely poplar, but occasionally I’ve found dresser tops and drawer fronts that were white oak and once black walnut.

Half-A, a nicer way to say Half-A—ed.

Kluge, (pronounced KLOO-gee) this is an adjective or noun that I use to describe furniture or objects that are bulky or are thick. Think clunky. It stems from an outer space RPG I played where one of the aliens, the klugees were very robust, their design being based on a printing press that I used to run. The brand name of that printing press was Kluge.

LBP, This is an acronym for ‘Looks Better on Paper’ I usually use this to refer to projects or even store bought items that might have been a good idea, but they either lack practical value or are not well made. A good example would be a solar powered weather station that stops working at night. I.E. You can’t use it to tell the temperature early in the morning!

Lignum Incognita, From Latin. This is what I call wood that I can’t specifically identify. It’s usually, grainless or without character and of a light color.

Not Pine, this is a type of lignum incognita, except that I know for sure that it’s not pine. (A play on words with ‘knotty pine’.)

Pew Wood, this is the mahogany I got in the form of two old pews from my church.

The Trailer, Along one of the roads I travel daily there is a small open trailer where the owner puts ‘free wood’. It’s mostly construction grade lumber with many nails in it or plywood. Sometimes when I stop to look I find a few pieces of good wood in small quantity, such as oak floor boards.

Wedgewood Pine, This is my term for the glued up boards which I made from the long, wedge-shaped cut-offs from my church chair project.

I’ll add to this as needed.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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David Taylor

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 04:26 AM

Enjoyed this! I also have a small collection of drawer wood – maple fronts and oak sides and backs, score!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#2 posted 03-21-2016 10:27 PM

Drawer wood is some of my best wood it’s well dried and straight as can be and free is the best of all.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#3 posted 03-22-2016 01:09 AM

Drawer wood is some of my best wood it s well dried and straight as can be and free is the best of all.

- htl

And it’s usually ‘Not pine’!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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