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511 days ago

Hi All,

I’m new to the site and while I’ve been working with wood most of my life (making it into sawdust) – I’m just a beginner. I read the forums and learn, learn, learn. I love seeing everyones posts and projects and getting ideas for jigs and such.

One thing that always throws me off, though, are the abbreviations.

Here’s an example – I read with great interest HorizontalMike’s post about his newly purchase Rosewood cracking and have read several other posts, too, that mention BLO and CA and I’m gonna be embarrassed when I hear what they stand for, I’m sure. I also know theres a bunch more abbreviations out there, I just can’t think of them right now. I’m not saying there shouldn’t be any ‘cause I think they add something to the conversations, but maybe there should be a link to a good “abbreviation definitions” blog on this site or something….???!!!

BTW, WTF I am very familiar with!

Have fun!

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 511 days ago

BLO – boiled linseed oil
CA – chemical term for super glue

Not dumb questions. I struggle with abbreviations as well.

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#2 posted 511 days ago

Here’s a few that stumped me at first…

RAS = Radial arm saw
ROS = Random orbit sander
TS = Table saw
OSS = Oscillating Spindle Sander
BS = Band saw (And sometimes it means the OTHER thing too)
DC = Dust collection
CB = Cutting board
EGCB = End grain cutting board

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#3 posted 511 days ago

Try this page on the LJs site:

This should answer your questions.

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#4 posted 511 days ago

SS….....Shop Smith…, it’s Saw Stop…, it stands for Super Sport ( like Chevelle SS ). Oh heck, are we that lazy we can’t type it out! lol….........sorry, that’s laughing out loud. Guess I better practice what I preach.

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#5 posted 509 days ago

Don’t forget MDF ( medium density flakeboard) or OSB (Oriented Strand Board) or QSWO (Quarter sawn white oak)............

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#6 posted 509 days ago

Do not forget FITB.

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#7 posted 509 days ago

RTFB = read the friggin book….... (self censored) You know the manual that came with the tool, printed in two languages English and Pictures…..

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