saw-pit

saw-pit

n
(esp formerly) a pit above which a log is sawn into planks with a large pitsaw
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I walked through it rapidly; turned inland a few hundred yards; ascended some rising ground; and discerned, in the dim twilight, four small lonesome villas standing in pairs, with a shed and a saw-pit on one side, and a few shells of unfinished houses on the other.
All this Jem swore he had seen, more by token that it was the very day he had been mole-catching on Squire Cass's land, down by the old saw-pit.
Across the lake, a mile above a roaring torrent, they located a patch of spruce and built their saw-pit.
For example, I was full two and forty days in making a board for a long shelf, which I wanted in my cave; whereas, two sawyers, with their tools and a saw-pit, would have cut six of them out of the same tree in half a day.
They have visitors in the high summer weather, when a grey cloak and umbrella, unknown to Chesney Wold at other periods, are seen among the leaves; when two young ladies are occasionally found gambolling in sequestered saw-pits and such nooks of the park; and when the smoke of two pipes wreathes away into the fragrant evening air from the trooper's door.
Unfortunately, chemists cannot work backward, otherwise we need not send so far for our sugar, The saw-pit, not the sugar-cane, would be the parent of our muscovado lump and crushed lump.