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Making A Chainsaw Sawbuck Out Of Logs

I made a chainsaw sawbuck using logs in order to cut my fire wood in half. We recently got a tiny wood stove that only takes 8 inch log logs so I had to figure out a safe way to cut my wood shorter.


I had originally planned to use wood to heat our tiny home so I have been cutting fire wood already all along. But now that we got a smaller wood stove I have to cut the fire wood in half. Our little wood stove is an antique laundry room coal and wood fired stove. It takes an 8 inch long by 4 to 5 inch round log.


We had a homemade chainsaw sawbuck in New York but it did not make the trip to Michigan. I have come up with the idea of making a cutting form using logs.


Homemade log chainsaw sawbuck

Homemade log chainsaw sawbuck





I put a pair of logs in parallel with one another as a frame to hold a log on top. In my case, since I am cutting 16 inch logs in half, I set up another pair of logs next to the first pair. This gives me a gap in between for the chainsaw to cut through.


To hold the log to be cut in place, I put another short oak log on top as a weight. This keeps the log I am cutting from moving or jamming up in the chainsaw chain.


Out in the field you could make the same thing using longer logs from 8 to 12 feet long. Place two parallel logs on the ground with an inch of space between them.


Chainsaw Cutting Form To Shorten Fire Wood

Chainsaw Cutting Form To Shorten Fire Wood


Set the log to be cut on top, in the wedge formed by the two logs. If needed, place another cut log on the end, to hold it down and stop it from moving as seen in the video and images.


When you make your first cuts, then you will have a gap already for the chainsaw blade when cutting the next log.


This setup protects the chainsaw from hitting the ground below and harming the chain.

You can watch today's video here: Watch the video now  Simple Chain Saw SawBuck Using Logs


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