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backsaw

[bak-saw] /ˈbækˌsɔ/
noun, Carpentry.
1.
a short saw with a reinforced back.
Origin of backsaw
1875-1880
1875-80; back1 + saw1
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  • The back saw is used almost exclusively for making tenons, and has uniformly fine teeth so as to give a smooth finish to the wood.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • The rabbets on the end pieces were cut out with the back saw and chisel.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • Make a saw cut with back saw in the end, which is to be fastened in the propeller.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • Cut ends with back saw and chisel to semicircles on top and bottom.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • Cut out with a back saw, and chisel until it just fits the square opening in the blocks.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • Make the three saw cuts directly on the lines laid out with a cross cut or back saw, with the utmost care.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • This moulding is fitted around the three sides at top of base with a back saw and mitre box.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • The darkened portions were removed with back saw and chisel, and the two parts carefully fitted and glued together.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • Cut out the outline of the back with the back saw and chisel.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • The tools required are a mitre box, back saw, socket chisel, and mallet.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for back saw

back saw

noun
1.
a small handsaw stiffened along its upper edge by a metal section
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