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A-Z GLOSSARY OF TERMS

A complete glossary of terms used in woodworking and routing.

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‘Dead Man’ Switch
On/off switch without a lock so it must be held ‘on’ at all times when using the router.
 
Dado
Dado
Square or rectangular recessed channels cut into a wood surface against the grain of the wood.
 
Depth Gauge
Depth Gauge
A means of limiting the amount of plunge on the router to cut to a predetermined depth.
 
Depth of Cut
Depth of Cut
Length of cutting edge of a router cutter or, depending on how the cutter is set-up in the router, the depth of cut the tool has been set-up to produce.
 
Depth Stop
Depth Stop
A device on a routing machine which is adjusted to set the depth of cut the Plunge action will reach.
 
Dial Gauge
Dial Gauge
An engineering tool designed to make minute adjustments.
 
 
Disposable Tip Cutter
Disposable Tip Cutter
A type of cutter used in industrial or heavier duty applications. The tips of the cutter can be removed when blunt and replaced with new ones. This type of tooling can increase productivity by reducing down time on CNC machines.
 
Dovetail
Dovetail
A joint in which one part is tapered in shape (the ´dove´s tail´) and fits in a socket shaped to correspond. As a result of its design, it produces a strong joint to resists any outward pull. A strong reliable means of jointing timber.
 
Dowel
Dowel
A headless pin of wood used with an adhesive, to hold a joint together.
 
Dowel Drilling Bits
Dowel Drilling Bits
Accurately sized cutters for drilling holes to receive dowels. Also used for cutting holes to receive plugs. For use in Plunge routers or drilling machines. Often called lip and spur bits.
 
Dowelling Jig
Dowelling Jig
A jig enabling a series of exactly spaced holes to be bored accurately in both members to be joined. Specially useful for dowelling door frames, mitres, and similar work. Can usually be used with a Plunge router or power drill.
 
Drop Leaf Table
Drop Leaf Table
Sometimes called a ´flag table´, drop leaf tables use a rule joint system for hinging. This involves routing an ovolo mould on a table with a radius profile on the leaf to match.
 
 
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