I was making some custom handrail parts the other day and used a term which the installer was unfamiliar with. ("swan neck"). "Goose neck I know" he replied "but what exactly is a swan neck?"
After explaining that a swan neck has an over easing at the top where it connects with the level rail (as apposed to the mitered joint of a goose neck) it occurred to me that as far as stairs are concerned, we do have a bit of a menagerie…
Here are a few common and obsolete terms and tools used in connection with stairs.(in no particular order):
Bull’s Eye Level
Fish Tail Gouge
Have I forgotten any? I was going to add “rabbit plane” but I think it’s “Rabbet?”
just happened to be installing some custom white oak "fittings" just this last week and one of the other tradesman commented that the "swan neck" i was working with at the time looked like a "cobra" - from a profile angle i had to agree, but did correct him with the proper name as you"ve mentioned.
Just to clarify, as this seems to be morphing into non stair related work, these "animal names" are all related to either "tools" or "term"(onology) specific to stairbuilding.
thanx for the history lesson Jim-
I eagerly lap it up each and every time ! ! !
Lon said you liked my "cord holding jig" to protect the wall cap i just put in ??? Funny thing is that that big fat cord you saw in the picture was coming from a "Spider Box" ! ! ! (Electrician's can now jump in as i've done exactly what i was trying to avoid !!! )
I'm actually embarrassed to have missed sawhorse and pony clamp. Both could have jumped up and bit me on the butt-joint like some serpentine. The prize however, must be shared by Andrew and Bob who have pretty much summed it all up.
Matt, I think you should post a picture of your patent-pending "Cord Keeper" which is very Malibu "kuwell"'