American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A knife with a handle at each end of the blade, used with a drawing motion to shave a surface. Also called drawshave.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as drawing-knife, 2.
- n. A joiner's tool having a blade with a handle at each end, used to shave off surfaces, by drawing it toward one; a shave; a drawshave.
- n. A tool used for the purpose of making an incision along the path a saw is to follow, to prevent it from tearing the surface of the wood.
- v. transitive To cut or shave with a drawknife.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. see drawing knife.
- n. a woodworker's knife to shave surfaces
“Likewise, Mr. Townsend's hog-skinning machinery mechanized a process that formerly had been done by hand, by a worker with a drawknife skinning a ham held in a kind of vice.”
“These are the poems of a man with eyes like a drawknife, hands like a pickpocket's hands, woven of water and logic and hunger, with no strand of love in them.”
“DRYING AND SHAPING Pare the green stave with a hatchet and a drawknife so that it's slightly larger than the shape of your intended design.”
“Reduce the stave to your outline with a drawknife, rasp, and file (making sure not to cut into the growth ring atop the back of the bow).”
“Secure the stave in a vise and shave off the bark and sapwood with a drawknife to expose one unbroken summer growth ring along the back (bark side; photo B).”
“If you've never done woodwork like this bow project, chances are you don't have a drawknife.”
“With heartwoods, you must shave off the bark and white sapwood with a drawknife to reach the darker, denser wood beneath.”
“Other items found were a scissors-shaped candle snuffer used to trim wick, parts of a flintlock pistol, flatware, a coat button, an ornamental andiron, and a drawknife that may be part of a set of cooper's tools listed in a 1732 inventory of the Madisons 'property.”
“A carving horse where the grandfather had been when they came into the yard held a split billet of ash he had been working with a drawknife.”
“The curve of the legs can be cut with a bracket saw or a drawknife, care being taken to get the edges square and smooth.”
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