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a short saw with a reinforced back.
Historical Examples

Mark the tenons on the ends of the stretcher and cut them with a backsaw and make smooth with a chisel.
Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor

Cut all the tenons with a backsaw and smooth them with a chisel.
Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor

If they do not, saw in the joints with a backsaw until they do fit.
The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 Various


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