Eased Edge: lumber with corners slightly rounded or shaped, to a slight radius; lumber less than 4 inches in thickness is usually made with eased edges. Abbreviated as EE
Eaves: lower part of the roof projecting over an exterior wall; also called overhang.
Edge Banding: the strips of veneer used to cover exposed edges of manufactured panels such as plywood or other composite; comes in rolls, available with pre-applied adhesive or without.
Edge Joint: joinery technique where two pieces of wood are joined edge to edge; usually fastened with glue.
Elevation:(1) a type of drawing which shows the building from the side, depicting it’s front, rear and sides. (2) the height of an object above grade level.
Engelmann Spruce: (Picea engelmannii) a species of spruce native to western North America, harvested for paper-making and general construction. Abbreviated as ES in the lumber trade.
End Grain: the grain of a piece of wood when seen looking along the vertical centerline of the tree; applies to the way a given piece of wood has been sawn.
End Spilt: a lengthwise speration of the wood fibers at the end of a piece of lumber
Engineered Wood: derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding together the strands, particles, fibers, or veneers of wood, together with adhesives, to form composite materials. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards. Also called composite wood.
English System: the measurement system used in the U.S., (feet, inches, pounds, gallons) as opposed to the metric system.
Equilibrium Moisture Content: the moisture content at which wood will neither lose nor gain moisture when surrounded by air at a particluar relative humidity and temperature. Expressed as a percentage of the oven dried weight
Escutcheon: on a door, any architectural item that surrounds a keyhole or lock cylinder. Escutcheons help to protect a lock cylinder from drilling or snapping, and the surrounding area from wear.
Exotic Wood: generally refers to any wood not grown local to the region. Alos can refer to rare indigenous woods.
Expansion Joint: strip of bituminous fiber for separating concrete blocks in order to prevent cracking due to temperature change induced shrinkage or expansion.
Exterior Glue: type of adhesive that is completely waterproof used for outdoor applications, such as roofing.
Exudates: secretions on the surface of lumber, such as gum, resin
or oils. Can adversely affect bondibility or machinability of the piece.