What is a Fretsaw?

A type of bow saw a fretsaw is a woodworking tool used for intricate cutting work which often incorporates tight curves. Unlike a coping saw, which is similarly used to produce intricate work, the fret saw is capable of much tighter radii and, therefore, smaller curves. Compared to other saws, the fretsaw has a deep frame (usually between 10 and 20 inches) and utilizes shallower blades which are more fine and fragile.

Due to the unusual shape of the fret saw, carpenters typically use this woodworking tool with a fretsaw table, also known as a V-board. The fretsaw table allows the carpenter to secure a workpiece in a position that allows for the easy clearance of the fret saw’s sometimes cumbersome shape.