dovetail saw

  1. a backsaw for fine woodworking, as dovetailing.

Origin of dovetail saw

First recorded in 1805–15

Words Nearby dovetail saw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dovetail saw in a sentence

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

  • Then, with Tenon or dovetail saw, cut off just outside the line.

    Hand-Craft | John D. Sutcliffe
  • The dovetail-saw, Fig. 93, is a small back-saw for delicate work.

    Handwork in Wood | William Noyes

British Dictionary definitions for dovetail saw

dovetail saw

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

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