ACRONYMS & SLANG FOR REC WOODWORKING
The following list was posted several years ago, so it's probably
worth repeating it for those who came later. It's not an exhaustive
list, probably the tip of the iceberg, but you get what you pay for.
No claims are made for its accuracy or political correctness.
AFAIK As Far As I Know
Big Box Store Home Depot, Lowe's (others in different localities)
BS Band Saw or Bull Sh_t
BT3000 Table Saw made by Riobi
BTW By The Way
Chop Saw A metal cutting tool, functions like a miter saw
CMS Compound Miter Saw
Crapsman Derogatory name for Sears products
Deja News searchable archive of NG postings
DAMHIKT Don't ask me how I know this
(Read as: I once screwed up the same way)
DIY Do it yourself
FAQ Frequently asked questions
FF Face Frame
FS For Sale
FWIW For whatever its worth
FW or FWW Fine Woodworking Magazine
GW Garrett Wade
HF Harbor Freight
HD Home Depot (U.S. largest building supply chain)
IIRC If I recall correctly
IOW In other words
IMHO In my humble opinion
KD Kiln dried
Lowe's Second largest building supply chain in U.S.
MDF Medium Density Fiberboard
Neander WW who abstain from the use of power tools
Newbie Someone who shows they have not read the NG that much
Norm Norm Abram of the NYW (syndicated WW show on PBS)
Normites follower of Norm and user of dedicated power tools
NYW New Yankee Workshop, seen on PBS, and in abridged versions
On the DIY network
NG News Group or no good
Orange Tools router bits made by CMP and painted orange
OTOH On the other hand
PC Porter Cable
Persuader large deadblow hammer
POS Piece of sh-t
RAS Radial Arm Saw
ROS Random Orbit Sander
SCMS Sliding compound miter saw
S4S sanded on four sides
SS Scroll saw or stainless steel
SWMBO She who must be obeyed (aka a wife)
SWAG Silly wild ass guess
TANSTAFL There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
TIA Thanks in advance
TS Table Saw
VSR Variable speed reversible
WW wood working
Yellow tools Tools made by DeWalt
YMMV disclaimer (Your milage may vary)
| ACRONYMS & SLANG FOR REC WOODWORKING
It might be time to add:
BORG Big Orange Retail Giant
DAGS Do/did a Google Search
DP Drill Press
LV Lee Valley Tool Co
WTB Want to buy
WTF I don't understand
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Sun, May 27, 2007, 9:57am (EDT-3) email@example.com (Robatoy) doth
Calvados, cognacs and armagnacs are all brandies. The Calvados is apple
Thought it was understood they're all brandies. Maybe not.
Apple jack is also apple based. And, amazingly, scumble is also .
And neither is French.
The reason I omitted French drinks from my list is simple. I just
don't think tat most of them are that good, There's a lot of stuff out
there that's better. I "have" had some quite good Napolean brandy
before, but as it seem to be applied to any cognac aged more than 5
years, there's really not much I'd consider that good.
What is life without challenge and a constant stream of new
- Peter Egan
Although some folks have created that definition to fit the acronym, I
believe most will agree it's a reference to the Star Trek (or
something) beast in space called the borg which will assimilate us
Particularly so since the borg is also Lowe's (blue), Menards (unknown
color), Farm & Fleet (ditto), and others, rendering the "orange" part
Also known as the borg (reference to Star Trek or some such and the
alien borg that threatened to assimilate us all), which is probably
even more widely used (and less understood) than Big Box Store.
Also commonly known as BT3K.
Technically true, except that almost everyone in woodworking refers to
a miter saw (the wood kind, and non-compound, and non-slider) as a
But well deserved in many cases.
I believe they no longer exist, being taken over by Google.
You should probably add other prefixes, such as FA (for auction), WTB
(wanted to buy), OT (off topic), etc.
I believe it's generally considered poor form to use acronyms to
define acronyms, particularly when they themselves have yet to be
defined in the list (see also NG).
You might mention that some readers are incapable of seeing a
reference to Norm or TNYW without flying into paroxysms of anti-brad
It would not upset me to see certain fan sites mentioned in
conjunction with Norm and TNYW.
I believe you mean CMT.
Doesn't have to be a dead blow. Doesn't even have to be a hammer. I
refer you to the phrase "brogan maintenance" which, although brogan is
probably no longer a well recognized name for shoe, means to kick it.
If you're going to mention "persuader" you might also include
"Tennessee smoke wrench" or its variants, as synonymous with applied
(perhaps injudiciously) heat (propane, MAPP, or acetylene).
I believe that's actually "surfaced four sides." Usually planed, less
frequently sanded. Also, there are S2S and S3S variants.
Not enough "As"; count 'em. TANSTAAFL. Every rule of abbreviation,
capitalization, or acronyming requires that if you count one of those
you must count the other, or count neither, which renderes the acronym
unpronouncable (in my view a principle tenet of acronyms)
Popularly known (at least by a couple of us) as "wood-dorking." Ask
your kids or your wife or Tom.
What about "the wreck?" Although if one is here, one probably already
Maybe it's not the same as the old days, and the chief practitioner
has wandered away, but at one time it was quite common to supplement
any word which has an alternative Canuckistani spelling with a
parenthetical rendering of that spelling including an aside to David
(as in David Eisan, now, unfortunately, an infrequent visitor, but at
one time perhaps the most successful fisherman on the wreck). e.g.
"that's a nice color (colour, David)."
You can check (cheque, David) with other regulars on that.
That list keeps getting longer.
Duke of URL
Larry Jaques (NO C!)
O'Deen / Paddy / Paddy Lac (the coiner of Scary Sharp?)
Conan the Librarian
Dave Fleming (the boat builder)
Fewer mentors - and less humor.
Thankfully, The Two Toms (Watson and Plamann) stop by
once in a while.
As the long suffering spouse of a genuine Canuckistani (from Ontario,
too, no less), I should have known that. It may have gotten missed in
the purge, though (she's been "below the border" for nearly 40 years
now). I rarely hear her say "colour," "theatre," or "neighbour"
anymore. And she hasn't said "chesterfield" in years.
I should have used a better example.
I have printed out your post and glued it to the wall with a few brads
to hold it until the glue dries. ( I of course took the time to read,
understand and follow all of the safety rules that came with my nailer
and didn't forget the most important safety rule of all, safety
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