This edition of The Poseur’s Guide To Woodworking is directed toward those who want assume the mantle of woodworking expert without necessarily knowing the difference between a miter and mortise. (What, you worry? Keep reading and you’l learn to tell vive la difference between a miter and mortise. It’s a pretty big chasm.)

Dado:

A dado is a term that woodworking poseurs should really learn to toss around as casually as Paris Hilton tosses aside underwear. A dado is nothing more complicated than a wide slot or groove used for joining together pieces of wood.

Pin Knot:

Get to know your lumber defects if you really want to pull off being a woodworking poseur. A pin knot is a small blemish less than a half inch in diameter. As in: “That pin knot is kind of like the extra weight that Marilyn Monroe was carrying in Some Like It Hot; maybe not desirable per se, but it doesn’t ruin the package in and of itself.”

Toenail:

It may sound like a rapper’s name, but toenail is something completely different in woodworking and carpentry. Use toenail as a verb to mean that you are going to fasten with diagonally driven nail from the side of a one board into the flat of another board.

(Completely inappropriate digression: Diagon Alley in the world of Harry Potter translates into diagonally. Think about it.)

Score:

To score something is merely to mark it for cutting. Scoring can result in notches or line drawing or even cut itself if one with an awl.

Awl:

How we Southerners pronounce the word “all.” An awl is also a very sharp pointy sticky thingie that looks like an icepick except it has a rounded bulb-shaped handle.

Butt Hinge:

Insert your own joke here. A butt hinge is simply any regular old flat hinge of the type found in any home.

T G;:

You will know you are a real woodworking poseur when you toss around this term. It is short for tongue-and-groove boarding.

Tongue and Groove:

You know that boarding where one pieces slides into another piece? This here thing is that there thing.

Miter:

The miter is a joint that is formed by an angle of two beveled pieces of wood. Usually performed by the best miter saw for bevel cutting.

Mortise:

A mortise is a hole that is cut into one piece of wood to receive a tenon that protrudes from another piece of wood to create a really nifty bonded joint.

Tenon:

A tenon is the protruding piece of wood that fits into the mortise…