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fret saw

noun
1.
a long, narrow-bladed saw used to cut ornamental work from thin wood.
Compare coping saw.
Origin of fret saw
1860-1865
1860-65
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  • It can be cut from wood with the fret-saw, or with scissors from cardboard of medium thickness.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • Well, King came in and wanted to know whether we'd done it with a fret-saw!

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • 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
  • 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
  • Outside a dry-fly rasped the brooding silence up and down with its fret-saw refrain.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • 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 fret-saw is a delightful tool, and very useful to the toy-maker.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • In dealing with the fret-saw we have to consider the saw-blades and the frame in which they are held.

    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
  • These trees, which have very characteristic shapes, can easily be cut out with the fret-saw.

    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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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