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dovetail saw

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noun
  1. a backsaw for fine woodworking, as dovetailing.

Origin of dovetail saw

First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for dovetail saw

Historical Examples

  • The dovetail-saw, Fig. 93, is a small back-saw for delicate work.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • Saw with a dovetail-saw on the mortise sides of these lines, chisel out the mortises and fit the parts together.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes


British Dictionary definitions for dovetail saw

dovetail saw

noun
  1. building trades a saw similar to a tenon saw but of smaller size
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