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fret saw

noun
1.
a long, narrow-bladed saw used to cut ornamental work from thin wood.
Compare coping saw.
Origin of fret saw
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
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  • The wheels should be cut with a fret saw, if you possess one.

    Toy-Making at Home

    Morley Adams
  • The cutting of the hub is not a very difficult matter if you have a fret saw.

    Toy-Making at Home

    Morley Adams
  • The whole is then fixed in a piece of light copper tube, which is slotted by means of a hack saw or fret saw to receive them.

  • These can be cut out from the lid by means of a fret saw, and then smoothed down with glass-paper.

    Toy-Making at Home

    Morley Adams
  • This is then by means of a fret saw cut into a great many pieces, shaped as quaintly and awkwardly as possible (see Fig. 55).

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  • Now, using your fret saw, cut out these holes very neatly and precisely.

    Toy-Making at Home

    Morley Adams
  • These holes must then be cut out by means of a fret saw, or, if you do not possess one, by means of saw and chisel.

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  • If you have a fret saw, and can use it cleverly, you can make at home as good a puzzle as any that can be bought.

British Dictionary definitions for fret saw

fret saw

noun
1.
a fine-toothed saw with a long thin narrow blade, used for cutting designs in thin wood or metal
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