List of Acronyms

Vaughn McMillan

Staff member
Many of us believe here at Family Woodworking that acronyms can often be confusing, and would prefer not to use too many of them, since it is the intent of this forum to share woodworking information, and the more clearly that information is stated, the better for all the members. (Especially the newcomers and the folks around the world who don’t speak as much English as the rest of us.) Nonetheless, it’s inevitable that acronyms will be used here at Family Woodworking.

It has been suggested that we post a list of acronyms, in order to help people figure out what others are saying. This list will be edited and will grow over time, and if you have any additions to suggest, please send them to one of the forum Moderators or Administrators in a private message. Keep in mind we’re not trying to define every cute acronym out there…we’re mainly interested in those that get used in the woodworking world, or are used a lot in the Family Woodworking forums (and those that conform to the Forum Rules and Code of Conduct). For general acronym help, you can use a site like

Here’s the list so far, and it'll get adjusted over time:

AAW - American Association of Wood turners
AH - Absolute Humidity
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
AWW - American Woodworkers Magazine

BB - Baltic Birch,
___- Best Buy
BD - Bevel Down
BDC - Bottom Dead Center
BDFT - Board Feet/Foot
BEB - Box Elder Burl
BF - Board Feet/Foot
BIL - Brother In Law
BLO - Boiled Linseed Oil
BLOG – Web log
BORG - Home Depot, Lowes, etc
______- Big Orange (Old) Retail Giant
BOSS - Benchtop Oscillating Spindle Sander (made by Delta)
BOW - Bethlehem Olive Wood
BRO - Best Reasonable Offer
BS - Band Saw
BTDT - Been There, Done That
BTW - By The Way
BU - Bevel Up

CA - Cyanoacrylate, Super Glue
CC - Cubic Centimeter - (1 cc = .061 cubic inch)
CCD - Charged Couple Device – image-gathering chips used in digital cameras
CCS - Cross Cut Sled
CE - Civil Engineer
CH - Campbell Hausfeld, manufacturer of pneumatic equipment
CI - Cast Iron
CM - Centimeter (1 cm = .3937 in)
____- Craftsman
CMS - Compound Miter Saw
CNC - Computer Numerical Control
CNY - Central New York
CoC – Code of Conduct
CPSC - Consumer Product Safety Commission
CS - Contractors (Cabinet, Circular) Saw
CSMS - Compound Sliding Miter Saw
CSR - Customer Service Representative

D4 - model number of Leigh's 24" dovetail jig
DAMHIKT – Don’t Ask Me How I Know This/That
DC - Dust Collector
DDG - Drop Dead Gorgeous
DF - Douglas Fir
DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth area
DIY - Do It Yourself
DM - David Marks
DNA - Denatured Alcohol
DO - Danish Oil
DP - Drill Press
DPI - Dots Per Inch
DW - DeWalt, manufacture of power tools

EC - Entertainment Center
EFSTS - European Format Sliding Table Saw
EMC - Equilibrium Moisture Content
EVSPK - model number of a Bosch Router
EWP - Eastern White Pine

FAQ - Frequent Asked Questions
FMT – Leigh’s Frame Mortise and Tenon Jig
FOB - Free On Board
FS For Sale
FT Feet
FWIW - For What It’s Worth
FWW - Fine Woodworking Magazine
FYI - For Your Information

GB - Gigabytes (approximately one thousand megabytes, i.e., one thousand million bytes)
GC - Gift Certificate
GCSS - Guided Circular Saw System
GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

HD - Home Depot
___- Heavy Duty
HDPE = High Density Polyethylene
HF - Harbor Freight, low-end tool store
__ - Hollow Form, wood turning, piece with small opening on top, large hollowed-out interior
HO - Honest Opinion
HOA - Home Owners Association
HTH - Hope This Helps,
____ - Happy To Help

IHIWTH - I Hate When That Happens
IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
IME - In My Experience (Estimate)
IMHO - In My Humble (Honest) Opinion
IMNSHO - In My Not So Humble (Honest) Opinion
IM - Instant Messaging
I/O - Input/Output as in computer terminology
IMO - In My Opinion,
IOW - In Other Words
IR - Ingersoll Rand, manufacturer of pneumatic products

J/P - Joiner/Planner
JD - John Deere, manufacture of farm equipment
JK - Just Kidding
JMO - Just My Opinion
JWW - Japan Woodworker

KB - Kilobytes - thousand bytes (bits) (thousand, in binary, is really 1024)
KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid

LA - Low Angle
LDD - Liquid Dish Detergent
LOL - Laugh(ing) Out Loud
____ - Lots Of Luck
LOHL - Love Of Her (His) Life
LOML - Love Of My Life
LOYL - Love Of Your Life
LN - Lie Nielsen, fine hand tool manufacturer
LV - Lee Valley, catalog of fine hand tools

M&T - Mortise & Tenon
M12V - a Hitachi router model number
MB - Megabytes – approximately one million bytes
MC - Moisture Content
MDF - Medium Density Fiberboard
MEK – Methyl Ethyl Ketone, a solvent
MIL - Mother In Law
MLFC - ML Campbell Finishes
MO - Mineral Oil
___ - Modus Operandi (latin: mode of operation)
MM - Mini Max, manufacturer of woodworking machines
___ - MilliMeter (25.4mm = in)
___ - Micro Mesh (brand name of a fine abrasive cloth)
MOL - More Or Less
MR MDF - Moisture Resistant Medium Density Fiberboard
MS - Mineral Spirits
MSRP - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price

NE - Nature Edge, wood turning term
NEC - National Electrical Code
NHLA - National Hardwood Lumber Association
NYW - New Yankee Workshop
NYWS - New Yankee Workshop

OBO - Or Best Offer
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacture
OMG - Oh My Goodness (God, Gosh)
OMS - Odorless Mineral Spirits
OSB - Oriented Strand Board
OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration
OSS - Oscillating Spindle Sander
____ - On Site Service
OT - Off Topic
OTOH - On The Other Hand
OWWM - Old Woodworking Machines

PC - Personal Computer(s)
___- Porter Cable (manufacture of woodworking tools)
PF - Power Feed
PM - Powermatic, manufacturer of woodworking machines
___- Private Message
POLY - Polyurethane
PSI - Pounds per Square Inch
___ - Penn State Industries, sellers of woodworking tools and accessories
PT - Pressure Treated
PTO - Power Take Off
PVA - Polyvinyl Acetate glue, such as Titebond
PVR - Personal Video Recorder (see TiVo)
PW - Popular Woodworking

QS - Quarter Sawn
QSRO - Quarter Sawn Red Oak
QSWO - Quarter Sawn White Oak

RAS - Radial Arm Saw
REFURB - Refurbished (tool)
RFB - Request For Bid
RFI - Request For Information
RFQ - Request For Quote
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLOL - Rolling On Floor Laughing Out Loud
ROS - Random Orbit Sander
RT - Router Table
RTF - Rigid Thermofoil (panel, laminate or veneer)

S1S - Surfaced 1 Side
S1E - Surfaced 1 Edge
S2S - Surfaced 2 Sides
S2E - Surfaced 2 Edges
S1S1E - Surfaced 1 Side 1 Edge
S1S2E - Surfaced 1 Side 2 Edges
S2S1E - Surfaced 2 Sides 1 Edge
S4S - Surfaced 4 Sides
SBC - Southwestern Bell Company
SCMS - Sliding Compound Miter Saw
SCVG - Straight Clear Vertical Grain
SF - Square Feet
SIL - Son In Law
____- Sister In Law
SK - Solar Kiln
SLR - Straight Line Rip
___ - Single Len Reflex (camera)
SM - Service Measure
SMC – SawmillCreek, a woodworking forum
SN - ShopNotes, a woodworking magazine
SO - Significant Other
spam - unwanted sales solicitation via e-mail or the Internet
SPAM - registered trade mark of Homel= canned meat product
SQRT - Square Root
SS - SawStop
__ - Scroll Saw
__ - ShopSmith
__ - Single Speed
__ - Stainless Steel
SU - SketchUp
SWMBO - She Who Must Be Obeyed
SYP - Southern Yellow Pine

TBA - To Be Announced
TBD - To Be Determined
TDC - Top Dead Center
TDY - Temporary Duty
___ - Tour of Duty
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TIR - Total Indicated Runout (reading)
TiVo - A brand of personal video recorder (see PVR)
TK - Thin Kerf
TLA - Three Letter Acronym
TMI - Too Much Information
TMOA - The Mall Of America (i.e., shopping mall)
TO - Tung Oil
TOH - This Old House, a woodworking television show
TOS - Terms Of Service
___ - Time Of Sale
TPI - Teeth Per Inch
___ - Threads Per Inch
TS - Table Saw
TSC - Tractor Supply Company

UHMWP - Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene
URL - Uniform Resource Locator, a web address like

VCT - Vinyl Composite Tile
VS - Variable Speed

WB - Workbench
WC - WoodCentral, a woodworking forum
__ - Woodcraft, a woodworking supply retailer
WS - Woodsmith, a woodworking magazine
WN - WoodNet, a woodworking forum
WO - White Oak
WRC - Western Red Cedar
WTB - Want (Wanted, Wanting) To Buy
WTH - What The Heck
WW’ing - Woodworking
WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get

YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary

ZCI - Zero Clearance Insert
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Steve Ash

geeze vaughn now i`m really confused:eek: ......guess i`ll just stick with my misspellin`.

Yeah, I'm with you on that Tod, your misspellin is a whole lot easier to understand than trying to figure out acronyms. Seems easier to just spell out what you're trying to say in the first place.:dunno:

Brad Hungler

In Memoriam
Independence Ky
First Turn

Hello Turners: First Timer, Can't wait to get turning. Trying to learn as much as possible. There is so much info out there, only problem, is that most is too advanced for a beginner. Any advice is welcome. THANKS; BRAD

Vaughn McMillan

Staff member
Howdy Brad. :wave: My suggestion would be to hang around the Lathe Land forums here and ask all the questions you can think of. We were all first timers at one point or another, so we likely had a lot of the same questions.

And if one of us gives an answer you don't understand (too advanced), just holler and we'll figure out what parts we didn't explain fully.

Dan Noren

Staff member
falcon heights, minnesota
hmm, under these rules, my pen/pencil finish is blodnash (boiled linseed oil, denatured alcohol, and amber shellac), and i don't have an assortment of items, i have akos (all kinds of stuff)... :rofl:

KaLea Thoits

geez... y'all sure do have an awful lot of accronyms... you are either trying to create a new elite woodworkers only language or you are really lazy typists =P
Thanks Vaughn. I knew a few of them but jeez! Those are too many ! Specially when I also have to remember those of my american coleagues when they come to make presentations or similar. BTW who is David Marks???