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WOOD and WOODWORKING ACRONYMS / ABBREVIATIONS

NOTE: this list does NOT include many acronyms that one might find on a woodworking forum, because I have only included some of the more common acronyms that are social (LOL --- Laughing Out Loud, and so forth) and have focused on those terms that apply specifically to wood or woodworking. It's not my intent to list all the acronyms in the world.\

1) Wood Types 2) General Woodworking Terms 3) Social("netspeak") Terms



1) WOOD TYPES:
NOTE: you could make acronyms for any wood name but these are ones that I have actually seen on Internet woodworking forums.

ABW --- African Black Wood

AF --- Alpine Fir

ARC --- Aromatic Red Cedar

BAB --- Black Ash Burl

BB --- Baltic Birch

BC --- Black Cherry

BEB --- Box Elder Burl or BuckEye Burl

BLM --- Big Leaf Maple

BOB --- Black Oak Burl

BOW --- Bethelem Olive Wood

BW --- Black Walnut

CK --- Curly Koa

DF --- Douglas-Fir

DFL --- Douglas-Fir/Larch

DI --- Desert Ironwood

DIB --- Desert Ironwood Burl

EIR --- East Indian Rosewood

ERC --- Eastern Red Cedar

EWP --- Eastern White Pine

ES --- Engelmann Spruce

FBE --- Flame Box Elder

FBEB --- Flame Box Elder Burl

HEM --- HEMlock

HF --- Hemlock-Fir

HP --- Heart Pine

HR --- Honduras Rosewood

HRB --- Honduras Rosewood Burl

IC --- Incense Cedar

IRW --- Indian RoseWood (more commonly EIR)

IWP --- Idaho White Pine

LO --- Live Oak

LP --- Lodgepole Pine

NIP --- Norfolk Island Pine

PP --- Ponderosa Pine

QSRO --- Quarter Sawn Red Oak

QSWO --- Quarter Sawn White Oak

RO --- Red Oak

RSWO --- Rift Sawn White Oak

SPF --- Spruce/Pine/Fir

SPR --- Sitka SPruce

SS --- Sitka Spruce

SYP --- Southern Yellow Pine

WC --- Western Cedar

WF --- White Fir

WO --- White Oak

WRC --- Western Red Cedar

YP --- Yellow Pine



2) GENERAL WOODWORKING TERMS

1C --- No. 1 Common

2C --- No. 2A Common

3AC --- No. 2B Common

3BC --- No. 3A Common

12/4 --- 3" thickness

1S & 2S --- ones and twos (also pronounced "Firsts and Seconds"), a combined grade of the hardwood grades of firsts and seconds

3/4 --- 3/4" planed thickness

4/4 --- 1" rough thickness

5/4 --- 1 1/4" rough thickness

6/4 --- 1 1/2" rough thickness

8/4 --- 2" rough thickness

12/4 --- 3" rough thickness

AAW --- American Association of Woodturners

AC --- Alternating Current

ACQ --- Alkaline Copper Quarternary (pressure treatment solution)

AD --- Air Dried

AFA --- American Forestry Association

AH --- Absolute Humidity

AL --- All Lengths

ALS --- American Lumber Standard

AMC --- Ambient Moisture Content

ATB --- Alternating Top Bevel

AVG --- average

AVL --- AVerage Length

AVW --- AVerage Width

AW --- All Widths

AW&L --- All Widths and Lengths

AWG --- American Wire Gauge

B&B --- B and Better

B&BTR --- B and Better

B&D --- Black & Decker (a maker of power tools)

B&S --- Beams and Stringers

B1S --- Beaded on 1 Side

B2S --- Beaded on 2 Sides

BBS --- Big Box Store

BD --- Bevel Down

BD --- board

BDC --- Bottom Dead Center

BDFT --- Board Feet/Foot

BDL --- bundle

BEB --- BuckEye Burl

BEV --- BEVeled

BF --- Board Foot / Board Feet

BH --- Boxed Heart

BLO --- Boiled Linseed Oil

BM --- Board (foot) Measure

BO --- Big Orange (Home Depot)

BORG --- Home Depot, Lowes, etc (retail giants that are "souless" like the Star Trek thing). Apocryphally reputed to stand for Big Old Retail Giant

BS --- Band Saw

BSND --- Bright Sapwood No Defect

BTR --- better

BU --- Bevel Up

CA --- Cyanoacrylate Adhesive (superglue)

CB --- Center Beaded

CB1S --- Center Bead 1 Side

CB2S --- Center Bead 2 sides

CC --- Cubic Centimeter

CCA --- Chromated Copper Arsenate (pressure treating solution)

CCS --- Cross Cut Sled

CFM --- Cubic Feet per Minute

CFT --- Cubic Foot/Feet

CG2E --- Center Groove 2 Edges

CI --- Cast Iron

CL --- CenterLine

CLG --- ceiling

CLR --- clear

CM --- Center Matched

CM --- CentiMeter

CM --- CraftsMan (a maker of hand and power tools)

CMS --- Compound Miter Saw

CNC --- Computer Numeric Control (automated processing equipment usually involving router-like machinery)

COM --- COMmon

CPSC --- Consumer Product Safety Commission

CS --- Cabinet Saw

CS --- Calking Seam

CS --- Chop Saw

CS --- Circular Saw

CS --- Contractors Saw

CSG --- casing

CSMS --- Compound Sliding Miter Saw

CU FT --- cubic foot/feet

CV --- Center V

CV1S --- Center V 1 side

CV2S --- Center V 2 Sides

D&CM --- Dressed and Center Matched

D&M --- Dressed and matched

D&SM --- Dressed and standard Matched

D-FIR --- Douglas-FIR

D/S --- Drop Siding

D/SDG --- drop siding

D1S --- Dressed 1 Side

D2S --- Dressed 2 Sides

D2S&CM --- Dressed 2 Sides and Center Matched

D2S&SM --- Dressed 2 Sides and Standard Matched

D3S --- Dressed 3 Sides

D4S --- Dressed 4 Sides

DB --- Double Beaded

DBH --- Diameter at Breast Height

DC --- Direct Current

DC --- Dust Collector/collection

DET --- Double End Trimmed

DIM --- DIMension

DIY --- Do It Yourself

DKG --- decking

DNA --- DeNatured Alcohol

DP --- Drill Press

DS --- Drop Siding

DS --- Drum Sander

DT --- DoveTail

DW --- DeWalt (manufacturer of power tools)

E --- Edge

E&CB1S --- Edge and Center Bead 1 ide

E&CB2S --- Edge and Center bead two sides

E&CV1S --- Edge and Center V 1 Side

E&CV2S --- Edge and Center V 2 Sides

EB1S --- Edge Bead 1 Side

EB2S --- Edge Bead 2 Sides

ECM --- Ends Center Matched

ED --- Equivalent Defects

EDG --- edge

EE --- Eased Edges

EFSTS --- European Format Sliding Table Saw

EG --- edge

EM --- End Matched

EMC --- Equilibrium Moisture Content

EV1S --- Edge V 1 Side

EV2S --- Edge V 2 sides

EWP --- Eastern White Pine

F1F --- Finished 1 Face

FAS --- Firsts And Seconds

FAS1F --- Firsts And Seconds 1 Face

FBK --- flat back

FBM --- Feet Board Measure

FC --- Flat Cut

FG --- Flat Grain

FJ --- Finger Joint

FLG --- flooring

FOHC --- Free Of Heart Center (no pith in the plank)

FOK --- Free Of Knots

FRM --- framing

FT --- foot/feet

FT SM --- feet surface measure

FURN --- FURNiture

FWW --- Fine WoodWorking (a magazine)

G --- Girth

G --- Green (unseasoned)

GCSS --- Guided Circular Saw System

GF --- General Finishes

GFCI --- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

GM --- Grade Marked

GR --- GReen (unseasoned)

GR --- Grooved Roofing

GRIZ --- GRIZzly (a machinery company)

H --- High

H OR M --- Hit OR Miss

H&M --- Hit & Miss

HB --- Hollow Back

HBDT --- Half Blind DoveTail

HD --- Heavy Duty

HD --- Home Depot (retailer of wood tools and accessories)

HDG --- Hot Dipped Galvanized

HDL --- handle

HDPE --- High Density PolyEthylene

HDWD --- hardwood

HF --- Harbor Freight (a low-end tool store)

HF --- Hollow Form

HRT --- heart

HRTWD --- heartwood

HVLP --- High Volume Low Pressure (a type of spray gun)

HW --- hardwood

IAP --- International Association of Penturners

ID --- Inside Diameter

IN --- INch/INches

IND --- INDustrial

IPA --- IsoPropyl Alcohol

IR --- Ingersoll Rand (manufacturer of pneumatic products)

IWCS --- International Wood Collectors' Society

J&P --- Joists and Planks

J/P --- Joiner/Planner

JTD --- jointed

KD --- Kiln Dried

KD --- Knock-Down

L --- Length

LA --- Low Angle

LFRB --- Large Flat Rate Box

LBR --- lumber

LFT --- lineal foot/feet

LGR --- longer

LGTH --- length

LIN --- LINeal or LINear (meaning lengthwise; usually refers to an amount of wood being sold)

LL --- LongLeaf

LN --- Lie Nielsen (a fine hand tool manufacturer)

LNG --- lining

LR --- Log Run

LR MCO --- Log Run, Mill Culls Out

LV --- Lee Valley (a distributor of fine hand tools)

LVLP --- Low Volume Low Pressure (a type of spray gun)

M --- thousand

M&T --- Mortise & Tenon

MBF --- 1000 Board feet

MBM --- 1000 Board Measure (meaning 1000 feet)

MC --- Methylene Chloride (paint stripper)

MC --- Moisture Content

MCO --- Mill Culls Out

MDF --- Medium Density Fiberboard

MDO --- Medium Density Overlay

MEK --- Methyl Ethyl Ketone (a solvent)

MFBM --- thousand Feet/Foot Board Measure

MFRB --- Medium Flat Rate Box

MFT --- thousand Feet

MG --- Medium Grain

MG --- Mixed Grain

MH --- Mountain Hemlock

MLDG --- moulding

MM --- MilliMeter

MR MDF --- Moisture Resistant Medium Density Fiberboard

MO --- Mineral Oil

MR --- Mill Run

MS --- Mineral Spirits

MS --- Mixed Species

MSR --- Machine Stress Rated

MTn --- Morse Taper size (e.g. MT1, MT2, MT3)

MW --- Mixed Width

N --- Nosed

N1E --- Nosed 1 Edge

N2E --- Nosed 2 Edges

NBM --- Net Board Measure

NE --- Nature Edge

NEC --- National Electrical Code

NGR --- Non Grain-Raising

NHLA --- National Hardwood Lumber Association

NO --- number

NYW{S} --- New Yankee WorkShop

OD --- Outside Diameter

OEM --- Original Equipment Manufacturer

OG --- Old Growth

OMS --- Odorless Mineral Spirits

OSB --- Oriented Strand Board

OSHA --- Occupational Safety & Health Administration

OSS --- Oscillating Spindle Sander

P --- Planed

P&T --- Posts and Timbers

P1S --- Planed 1 Side

P2S --- Planed 2 Sides

PAD --- Partially Air Dry/Dried

PART --- PARTition

PAT --- pattern

PC --- Porter Cable (manufacture of woodworking tools)

PCS --- pieces

PE --- Plain End

PET --- Precision End Trimmed

PF --- Power Feed/Feeder

PKY --- pecky

PLN --- plain

PM --- PowerMatic (manufacturer of woodworking machines)

PN --- partition

POLY --- POLYurethane

PPI --- Points Per Inch

PR --- Polyvinyl Resin (a type of plastic; includes PVC)

PRG --- Plastic Resin Glue

PSI --- Penn State Industries (sellers of woodworking tools and accessories)

PSI --- Pounds per Square Inch

PT --- Pressure Treated

PU --- PolyUrethane

PVA --- PolyVinyl Acetate (glue)

PVC --- Polyvinyl Chloride (plastic used for plumbing pipes, etc.)

PWW --- Popular WoodWorking (a magazine)

QS --- QuarterSawn

QTD --- quartered

QTRSWN --- Quartersawn

R&S --- Rail & Stile

R/L --- Random Lengths

R/W --- Random Widths

R1E --- Ripped One Edge

R2E --- Ripped Two Edges

RAS --- Radial Arm Saw

RBE --- Ripped Both Edges

RC --- Rift Cut

RD --- round

RDM --- random

REG --- REGular

RES --- RESawn

RFG --- roofing

RFRS --- roofers

RGH --- rough (generall applied to rough sawn lumber)

RH --- Relative Humidity

RL --- Random Length

RLW --- Random Lengths and Widths

ROS --- Random Orbit Sander

RPM --- Revolutions Per Minute

RS --- Rift Sawn

RT --- Router Table

RTF --- Rigid ThermoFoil (a type of vinyl laminate)

RW --- Random Widths

RWL --- Random Widths and Lengths

S&B --- Select and Better

S&CM --- Surfaced & Center Matched

S&E --- (surfaced on) Side & Edge

S&M --- Surfaced & Matched

S&SM --- Surfaced & Standard Matched

S-DRY --- surfaced and dry (19 percent moisture content or less)

S-GRN --- surfaced, but green (in excess of 19 percent moisture content)

S/L --- Shiplap

S1E --- Surfaced 1 Edge

S1S --- Surfaced 1 Side

S1S&CM --- Surfaced 1 Side & Center Matched

S1S1E --- Surfaced 1 Side 1 Edge

S1S2E --- Surfaced 1 Side 2 Edges

S2E --- Surfaced 2 Edges

S2S --- Surfaced 2 Sides

S2S&CM --- Surfaced 2 Sides & Center Matched

S2S&M --- Surfaced 2 Sides & (standard- or center-) Matched

S2S&SL --- Surfaced 2 Sides & ShipLapped

S2S&SM --- Surfaced 2 Sides & Standard Matched

S2S1E --- Surfaced 2 Sides 1 Edge

S3S --- Surfaced 3 Sides (2 faces and 1 edge)

S4S --- Surfaced 4 Sides (both faces, both edges)

S4S&CS --- Surfaced Four Sides & Calking Seam

SAP --- SAPwood

SB --- Standard Bead

SB1S --- Single Bead 1 Side

SCMS --- Sliding Compound Miter Saw

SCVG --- Straight Clear Vertical Grain

SD --- seasoned

SDG --- siding

SE --- Square Edge{d}

SE&S --- Square Edged & Sound

SEL --- SELect

SESD --- square edged siding

SF --- Square Feet/Foot

SFRB --- Small Flat Rate Box

SFTWD --- softwood

SG --- Slash Grain

SGSSND --- Sapwood, Gum Spots and Streaks, No Defect

SHIP --- SHIPlap

SIT --- SItka Spruce

SK --- Solar Kiln

SL --- ShipLap

SLR --- Straight Line Rip

SLR1E --- Straight Line Rip 1 Edge

SM --- Standard Matched

SM --- Surface Measure

SMS --- Sheet Metal Screw

SN --- ShopNotes (a woodworking magazine)

SND --- Sap No Defect

SND --- sound

SP --- Sugar Pine

SPEC{S} --- SPECification{S}

SQ --- SQuare

SQE --- SQuare Edge/Edged

SQE&S --- SQuare Edged & Sound

SQFT --- square feet

SQRS --- squares

SR --- Stress Rated

SRG --- Spindle Roughing Gouge

SS --- SawStop (a safety---specific table saw brand)

SS --- Scroll Saw

SS --- ShopSmith (a popular multi---tool device)

SS --- Single Speed

SS --- Stainless Steel

SSND --- Sap Stain No Defect

STD --- standard

STK --- stock

STR --- Structural

STRUCT --- STRUCTural

STS --- Sliding Table Saw

SU --- SketchUp (a computer graphics program)

SW --- SoftWood

T&G --- Tongue & Groove

TAS --- Tilting Arbor Saw

TB&S --- Top, Bottom, & Sides

TBR{S} --- timber{s}

TDC --- Top Dead Center

TIR --- Total Indicated Runout

TK --- Thin Kerf

TO --- Tung Oil

TOH --- This Old House (a woodworking television show)

TPI --- Teeth Per Inch

TS --- Table Saw

TSP --- TriSodium Phosphate (a cleaning agent, sometimes used to clean saw blades)

UHMWP{E} --- Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (a type of very slick tough plastic)

UTIL --- UTILity

VG --- Vertical Grain

VOC --- Volatile Organic Compound

VS --- Variable Speed

VSR --- Variable Speed Reversible

W --- Width

WAL --- Wider, All Length

WB --- Water Based

WB --- Work Bench

WC --- WoodCraft (retailer of woodworking supplies)

WCH --- West Coast Hemlock

WD --- wide

WDR --- wider

WHAD --- Worm Holes A Defect

WHND --- Worm Holes No Defect

WIP --- Work In Progress

WOP --- Wipe On Poly

WS --- WoodSmith (a woodworking magazine)

WT --- weight

WTB --- Want To Buy

WTH --- width

WTP --- Want to Purchase

WW --- White Woods

ZCI --- Zero Clearance Insert



3) SOCIAL("NETSPEAK") TERMS:

AFAIK --- As Far As I Know

BTW --- By The Way

FUBAR --- Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition/Repair

FWIW --- For What It's Worth

IMHO --- In My Humble Opinion

IIRC --- If I Recall Correctly

ITT --- In This Thread

HTH --- Hope This/That Helps

KISS --- Keep It Short & Simple / Keep It Simple, Stupid

LMAO --- Laughing My Ass Off

LOL --- Laughing Out Loud

POJ --- Piece Of Junk

POS --- Piece Of Shit

SNAFU --- Situation Normal All Fucked Up

WTF --- What The Fuck

YMMV --- Your Mileage May Vary



And, if you REALLY want to be silly:

LOLSHMSFOAIDMT --- Laughing Out Loud So Hard My Sombrero Fell Off And I Dropped My Taco