Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sharp or uneven edge on a board that is cut from a log not perfectly squared, or that is made in the process of squaring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sharp or uneven edge on a board that is cut from a log not perfectly squared, or that is made in the process of squaring. See wany, a.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a natural bevel (compare wane, n., 3); hence, making poor lumber from irregular ities of the surface, as a log.
  • n. The thin edge or feather-edge of slab cut froma round log without previous squaring.

Etymologies

Compare wany. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Quoting from Horace Kephart's excellent book on woodcraft, an experienced man can tell a straight-grained log "by merely scanning the bark"; if the ridges and furrows of the bark run straight up and down the wood will have a corresponding straight grain, but if they are spiral the wood will split "waney" or not at all.

    Shelters, Shacks and Shanties

  • This machine trims off the rough edges of the "waney" boards by means of the four saws in the main frame of the machine.] [Illustration: Fig. 44.

    Handwork in Wood

  • A 13th century listed building now with with waney lap fencing and additional outline permission for a garage that has now turned into a residential plot.

    The Sunday Cyril: "What is Nye Bevan" Jeannie

  • Uppon a wreathe golde and sables, a demye-lyon gules, armed and langued azure crowned, supportinge a bale thereon a crosse botone golde, mantelled azure doubled argent, and for the supporters two pagassis argent, their houes and mane golde, their winges waney of six argent and azure.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End

  • About one-third of the boards of a log have rough edges, and are called "waney."

    Handwork in Wood

  • "Waney" is a good word, almost as good as "sensiation"; so when you try to quarter a log with which to chink your cabin or log house don't select a "waney" log.

    Shelters, Shacks and Shanties

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