I have always cut my green logs either on the ground or on top of other logs. Well a few weeks ago I was cutting a log and it decided it wanted to dance a little bit. Now I don’t care if a log dances or not I just don’t want it to move while I have a moving 20” chainsaw in it.
This got me thinking there has to be a way to hold the work safely for cutting. So I took to the internet looking for sawhorses for chainsaws. I did find a few commercial units but they were all listed in Europe. I really didn’t want to buy one I wanted to build it myself to my specs but I wasn’t sure where to start.
After an exhaustive search I started to design my own, it was going to fold up be expandable and allow for all pieces to be replaced easily. It was even going to make coffee and get my mail. Thank goodness I continued to search the net and I found the design below.
You stand in front of the unit for cutting. The “V” side is up to hold the log in place (More pictures below).
Side view of sawhorse
As I said I did not come up with this design but I did modify it for my needs. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, here is a link to the site I got the idea from:
The above pictures are front and side views of the unit. I made it from 3/4 plywood. I bought scraps at Home Depot for $2.00 (Each of the 4 pieces are 20” x 20”). I used two pieces of 1/2 – 13 threaded rod (24” long). And the white tube is 1” PVC pipe cut to 6 1/8” each. On each end of the sawhorse there is a ½” washer and 2 nuts locked down onto each other.
Here is the sawhorse in action. I used a ratcheting hold down strap to lock the piece in place.
End view with the hold down strap.
Up to this point the “V” side of the rack was on the top side. The picture below shows that you can turn the unit over and use the flat side for a host of other cuts.
Here is a final picture of the log split using the flat side of the sawhorse on the top.
Sorry about the pics cutting off, I think I saved them in large format so they might be too big. You can go to the Photo Bucket Site to see the un cut version of them.
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