Meaning of pit sawing

pit' saw"ing

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a method of sawing logs or timbers, as into boards, in which the piece to be cut is laid horizontally across a pit and cut by a saw operated vertically by two people, one above and one in the pit below the piece.
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