Glossary


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Carbide - carbide alloy is composed of Cobalt and Tungsten. This alloy gives saw blades and router bits longer lasting tips, sharper cutting edges, and greater impact resistance.

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Carbide hole cutter - a drill bit designed specifically for the fast, easy production of holes in thin material. Carbide cutters are used primarily for use with mild steels like those found in electrical enclosures as well as stainless steel.

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Carbide teeth - specially treated tungsten carbide teeth on a saw blade that provide superior cutting performance.

See: Circular Saw Blades

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Carpenter's pencil - rectangular shaped pencil, about 1/4" X 1/2", with a 1/16" X 3/16" lead.

See: Marking & Layout, Pencils / Sharpeners

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C-clamp - a clamp with a C-shaped frame and an adjustable screw used for holding objects in place or together.

See: Clamps, C-Clamps

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Chamfer - the grinding threads at the tip of a tap that are angled in order to allow the tap to pass through a hole. Also a beveled edge on the corner of a board, technically one of 45 degrees.

See: , Taps

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Chuck - a clamping device at the end of a power drill for holding a drill bit.

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Circular saw - a portable, heavy-duty cutting tool that works well on a variety of projects, from framing a wood or metal building to rough metal fabrication work. Ideal for cutting, cleaning and slotting of all types of metal and masonry. A circular saw does not have a built-in cutting guide and requires a hand-held guide, so it is generally used for rough cutting. Some models come with electric brakes and a quick depth adjustment for a more accurate cut. Maximum HP is around 2.5 with no-load speeds up to 5,000 RPM.

See: Circular Saw Blades

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Clamp - a versatile tool that serves as a temporary device for holding work securely in place. Used for many applications including carpentry, woodworking, furniture making, welding, construction, and metalworking.

See: Clamps

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Cobalt HSS - in drill bits, a special high-speed steel blended with a significant percentage of cobalt. Cobalt adds hardness and abrasion qualities plus superior resistance to heat. Typically used for extra-tough or production drilling.

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Compound cut - an angled cut to both the edge and face of a board.

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Compound leverage snips - snips with a double fulcrum compound lever action that requires less effort to cut.

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Crosscut - a cut made across the grain of the wood. Also a saw blade designed particularly for crosscutting.

See: Circular Saw Blades

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Crosscutting - cutting wood across the grain direction.

See: Circular Saw Blades

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Cut rate - amount of material removal by the abrasive per unit of time.

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Cutoff - refers to the smooth cutting of wood, plywood, chipboard, paneling, pressboard, etc.

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