RL Glossary

Mahogany
The aristocrat of cabinet woods; reddish-brown, of medium hardness, great strength, and among the most beautiful for texture, ease of polishing, variety of grain and figure; the central ingredient of the great 18th century school, often referred to as the Age of Mahogany.

Malborough
A heavy, straight leg used by Chippendale and others.

Maple
Hard maple is a strong and elastic wood, wears well and has good shock resisting qualities. It is often used for upholstery frames and for rails and other interior parts of case goods. Bird’s-eye maple is a highly prized stock which is quite rare and is generally reduced to veneers.

Marina
A slubby, bulky 100% cotton greige goods.

Marquetry
Inlay work; decorations formed by patterns of woods,

Masking
Temporary covering of areas not to be painted.

Matelasse
French, meaning to cushion or pad. Hence a quilted surface produced on the loom. A figured or brocaded cloth with a raised pattern.

Matte
A flat sheen (with no reflectance) that is ideal for low-traffic areas such as formal dining rooms and master bedrooms. A matte coating hides minor surface imperfections.

Medallion
A decorative plaque made of wood or metal.

Mercerized
A finish used to treat cotton yarn and finished goods to increase luster and, improve strength and dye affinity.

Metallics
A class of paints that include metal flakes in their composition.

Metals,
tals, ivory or tortoise shell sunk into the surfaces of furniture.

Mildew
A black, brown or gray organic fungus that may grow on surfaces. It most often grows in damp areas with little or no sunlight.

Molding
Ornamented or shaped strips, either sunk into or projecting from a surface. Used mostly for decoration.

Mortise
Hole or slot in wood, into which the tenon or tongue fits; one of the most important joints in woodworking.

Msds
An acronym for "Material Safety Data Sheet," an MSDS is a technical bulletin that contains detailed information about the chemicals used to manufacture paint.

Mud-cracking
Usually, a latex paint failure that looks like cracked mud. It occurs when paint is applied too thick.

Mullion
Vertical bar dividing the panes of a traceried window. In furniture, the tracery in glazed doors of bookcases, etc.

Myrtle
(California and Oregon) Light cream to rich brown with curly grained effect, intricately woven; often used for veneers.

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