Glossary of woodworking terms

bookmatching- arranging consecutively sawn veneers or planks to display the grain in a series of mirror-image pairs to produce a repetitive pattern.

case work- the outer shell or exterior enclosure of a cabinet, chest or box.

cold-molding- a technique of forming curved/shaped parts by laminating multiple strips or layers of veneers in a press or on a vacuum table with adhesive between the layers, at room temperature.

core material- the substrate or underlying material to which a face veneer is laminated, such as plywood ( casework or table-tops ) or a stable matching hardwood ( cold-molded parts).

ebonizing- the dyeing or staining of parts with a semi-opaque black pigment to simulate a ebony surface color.

joinery- the art of merging two or more pieces of wood together in an interlocking manner for load-bearing purposes, such as dovetails, finger-joints, butterflys or other geometric interfaces.

lamination- a term applying to any merging of multiple wood layers, edge-to-edge or face-to-face, with adhesives/clamping pressure.

natural edge- the utilization of planks or slabs which retain the bark or sub-bark layers of the source tree.

resawing- processing a plank into thin consecutive slices with a bandsaw or tablesaw.

veneering- the application of thinly sliced or sawn outer layers of wood to a stable core material, for conservation or decorative purposes.