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dovetail saw

a backsaw for fine woodworking, as dovetailing.
Origin of dovetail saw
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The dovetail-saw, Fig. 93, is a small back-saw for delicate work.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for dovetail-saw

dovetail saw

(building trades) a saw similar to a tenon saw but of smaller size
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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