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by Judee Shipman
MAHOGANY: A straight-grained, reddish brown, tropical hardwood, of which there are three species. In creative design, this wood is typically used for making fine furniture.
Shown below, a stunning mahogany desk.
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MALE: Any piece with a protruding part designed to fit into another piece, which has a hole or a notch and is known as the female.
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MALLET: A padded hammer.
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MANDAPA: A pillared outdoor pavilion. The mandapa is an especially popular creative design in India.
Shown below, the Mandapa Ritz Carlton in Indonesia.
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MANDREL: 1) A tool against which objects can be formed or shaped, such as a ring sizer. 2) A wire gripping tool.
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MAN HOURS: The total number of hours it would take one individual to do a job. For instance, if it takes 8 men 40 hours to build a house, that amounts to 320 man hours.
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MANOR HOUSE: An architectural style also known as Chateau.
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MANSARD ROOF: A gambrel styled hip roof with dormers. Shown below, Ellwood House in DeKalb, Illinois. Notice the creative design on the dormers.
Also see Second Empire.
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MANSION: A grand architectural style featuring marble and/or granite surfaces and oversized rooms, among other elite elements. Also see Chateau and Manor House.
Shown below, this Florida mansion is priced at $159 million dollars.
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MANTEL: The shelf and/or trim above and around a fireplace.
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MANUELINE: A Portuguese architectural style popular during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The style incorporates maritime creative design elements and intricately carved stonework.
Shown below, Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal.
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MANUFACTURED HOME: A house that is assembled from very large parts such as entire, one-piece walls and sheet metal roofing.
Shown below, this manufactured home has been sweetly remodeled to include an expensive-looking kitchen with recessed lighting and coffered ceilings.
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MANUFACTURED WOOD: A wood product made from small wood pieces glued to form one larger piece, which can then be used for building, sometimes following a laminating process.
Also see Engineered Wood and OSB.
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MAPLE: Maple comes in two varieties: hard and soft. Hard maple is among the hardest of the hardwoods, typically used as lumber for furniture, cabinets, and flooring. Soft maple is much easier to work with. Both types of maple are strong, straight-grained, and durable.
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MAQSURA (MAQSURAH): A small enclosed space, sometimes found in a mosque, or sometimes created as a space in which to honor a deceased person.
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MARBLE: A type of rock often used for interior creative design, typically for floors, vanities, and counter tops.
Marble is quite visually appealing, but also cracks easily. That's why, for heavy duty counter tops such as those found in kitchens, granite is more highly recommended.
Shown below, this elegant kitchen features a marble tile floor.
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MAR DEL PLATA: A mid-20th century architectural style that originated in Argentina. This style is somewhat similar to the American Craftsman that originated in the United States.
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MASONRY: Hard materials such as stone, brick, concrete, or tile, bonded with mortar to form a wall.
Shown below, a construction student at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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MASONRY NAIL: A nail designed for use with concrete or brick.
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MASON'S HAMMER: A heavy-headed hammer, sharpened at one end like a chisel.
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MASON'S LINE: A strong twine used for keeping concrete blocks or bricks aligned.
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