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A-Z GLOSSARY OF TERMS

A complete glossary of terms used in woodworking and routing.

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Acrylic
Acrylic
Plastic type of material, often with trade names e.g. Perspex, Plexiglas and Oroglass. Used as alternative to glass. HSS cutters are recommended to machine this material for a superior finish.
 
Aperture
Aperture
An opening in a material or router base.
 
Arbor
Arbor
A spindle onto which a variety of slotting, slitting and grooving cutters can be mounted along with various spacers and a locking nut. A ball bearing may also slide on the spindle to act as a guide as an alternative to a side fence.
 
Architrave
Architrave
A moulded framework surround for doors, archways, etc. Architraves can be machined with a router or spindle moulder.
 
Armature
Armature
Found on commutator (Carbon brush) motors. Includes the rotor, windings and commutator. In a router, the armature has a thread on one end which holds the collet and nut assembly.
 
Arris
Arris
A sharp edge produced where two surfaces meet at an angle.
 
 
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