Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

dovetail saw

a backsaw for fine woodworking, as dovetailing.
Origin of dovetail saw
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for dovetail saw
Historical Examples
  • With a fine tenon or dovetail saw, cut the saw kerf as at Fig. 316.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • Then, with Tenon or dovetail saw, cut off just outside the line.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
  • With care, this can be accomplished with the dovetail saw, thus avoiding unnecessary labour and the use of the paring chisel.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • There is another most useful saw it would be of advantage for the young carpenter to have, namely, the dovetail saw.

British Dictionary definitions for dovetail saw

dovetail saw

(building trades) a saw similar to a tenon saw but of smaller size
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for dovetail saw

Word Value for dovetail

Scrabble Words With Friends