The bonding together of two or more pieces of material for decorative or strengthening purposes. An example of decorative lamination is a countertop made of plastic material glued to the surface of particleboard or flakeboard. An excellent example of lamination for strength is provided by ordinary plywood. Lamination can also be used for gluing up bent wood projects without the use of steam, chemicals or water.

Lap Joint

A common term that can be applied to several different types of joints in which one piece of wood overlaps and fits onto or into another. As a rule, the surfaces of lap joints are usually flush when assembled.

Latewood (Summer Wood)

The portion of a tree


Thin strips of wood that serve as a base for plaster or or as a cap piece in some trim.


refers to a type of Folk Art that uses Lath from old Plaster and lath walls


the tendency for wood that is being cut to direct the saw parallel to its grain.


The dimension of a board measured from end to end.


The state of being in the true horizontal plane.

Linear Foot

A measurement of the length of a board.

Loading Up

A term most commonly used to indicate that abrasive materials such as sandpaper, grinding wheels and sharpening stones are becoming clogged-up with wood or metal particles. Can also be applied to the loading of the twist grooves in drill bits. "Loaded" abrasives or other tools should be cleaned or replaced to restore their cutting efficiency.


Logs which have been sawn, planed, and cut to length.

Lumber ruler

A tool resembling a ruler with a handle at one end and a hood at the other which is used to calculate the board footage of a piece of lumber.

Lumber-Core Plywood

Plywood where thin sheets of veneer are glued to a core of narrow boards. Lumber-core plywood differs from regular plywood in that regular plywood is made up of successive layers of alternating grain veneer.