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fret saw

noun
  1. a long, narrow-bladed saw used to cut ornamental work from thin wood.Compare coping saw.
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Origin of fret saw

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for fret saw

Historical Examples

  • Well, King came in and wanted to know whether we'd done it with a fret-saw!

    Stalky & Co.

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The fret-saw (see Part II) is very useful for making wheels.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne

  • The sides A A may be cut out of cardboard or, better still, of three-ply wood with the fret-saw.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne

  • The wheels are solid discs and may also be cut out with the fret-saw, holes being drilled in the centre for the axle.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne

  • The windows and door may be cut out with a fret-saw and the door hinged on by means of a strip of strong linen.

    Toy-Making in School and Home

    Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne


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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