So people are using in question which is fine. Could there be a potential confusion issue?

I would think there is a difference between

  1. Repair damage/imperfection to wood: How can I repair a split in a board?

  2. Fixing broken equipment: What could cause a lathe to have low torque and only develop approximately half its rated RPM?

Do we only use for the first example and maybe retag the second as ? Or does the potential perceived ambiguity even exist?

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I would lean towards (but I'm not 100% there) having four tags, two for wood ( ) and two for tools ().

: Used for questions like your first example "How can I repair a split in a board"

: long term care of a finished product. Probably replacing the dumb tag that I created. Used for questions about how often they should refinish something, should it not be placed in sunlight, etc.

: Fixing broken equipment

: Maintaining equipment in good working order. Oiling, sharpening, aligning, storing, etc.

It's possible this is too fine-grained but this is the first solution that came to mind and at least it puts every concept in a nice spot. On the other hand, is not a term someone would think of when wondering about how to care for their finished product. There's probably a better name for this.

  • i think that if we split them up now might be better. Let say that wood-maintenance ends up being a dud. Easy to retire that tag instead of going through a bunch of repair tags later to scrub. wood-maintenance does seem odd. A synonym might help.. not sure what it could be either.
    – Matt
    Apr 15, 2015 at 17:20
  • wood-care could also be a good fit.
    – Matt
    Apr 15, 2015 at 17:25
  • I like it. Make it so! ;)
    – bowlturner Mod
    Apr 15, 2015 at 18:33
  • Cleaned up existing questions user repair. I wasnt sure about woodworking.stackexchange.com/questions/660/… since the tool was functioning... just not well. It could go either way.
    – Matt
    Apr 15, 2015 at 19:07
  • I agree that tool repair and tool maintenance should be separate. Wood repair and wood maintenance are descriptive but seem like awkward names.
    – rob Mod
    Apr 15, 2015 at 19:27
  • None of us appear to be hot about wood-maintenance but wood-repair is a little better. Unless we want to come from the other direction and call it wood-damage
    – Matt
    Apr 15, 2015 at 19:50
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    FWIW google seems to favour wood-care and in places that wood-maintenance is mentioned it is partnered with care. So one could be a synonym of the other for sure.
    – Matt
    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:28
  • I updated your question here. Wood care does not have to be long term. Feel free to change it if you think of something better.
    – Matt
    Apr 16, 2015 at 22:33
  • Originally I thought 2 and then 4 different tags was going overboard, but now I'm even considering multiple classes of wood repair--you can either fix/stabilize/work around existing defects that were present in the rough lumber, you can fix your own mistakes, or you can repair damage that occurred over time.
    – rob Mod
    Apr 17, 2015 at 22:48
  • @rob I am definitely in the boat of lets make more now.... later coming back to remove one or two tags is easier then trying to comb through wood-repair and reclassify then all
    – Matt
    Apr 18, 2015 at 1:38
  • @Matt I agree!!
    – rob Mod
    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:59

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