- 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
The dovetail-saw, Fig. 93, is a small back-saw for delicate work.
Saw with a dovetail-saw on the mortise sides of these lines, chisel out the mortises and fit the parts together.
- building trades a saw similar to a tenon saw but of smaller size
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