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Project by Carlos510 posted 05-29-2017 12:22 AM 1312 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This doesn’t compete with the fine work done on this site and it’s not a tool for the shop but if you cut small diameter wood for firewood or cord wood construction, this will cut your time in half.

A lot of my property was cut over for its timber 18 years ago. I want to save the remaining mature timber for a band sawmill I have dreams of building someday. This means most of my firewood is newer growth up to about 10” in diameter. Cutting all this small stuff into stove size cord wood was a long tedious process. About 5 years ago I came up with a firewood cutting frame that has greatly reduced my cutting time.

In recent years I have seen cutting frames available in the marketplace, but they are all made of metal and without care, can damage your chainsaw and the consequent safety issue. My frame is all wood with the exception of the sawhorse brackets and is still as solid as when I built it 5 heating seasons ago.

The construction is relatively simple. I took 2 sawhorses and firmly joined them together with 1 X 4 strapping and drywall screws. The uprights are 2 X 4’s , the length is what is comfortable to the user and the spacing should be such that your saw will cut through the complete stack in one pass.

So here we go with a cut sequence. First stack your would roughly centered in the frame. If you have large wood on top you can go above the top of the uprights. If you have only small wood stay below the top of the uprights, so the saw doesn’t pull the wood out of the frame.

Almost done.

All done.

And this is what it looks like after loading the frame 4 times. Ready to stack in the shed.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B., http://www.hobbyworkshopprojects.com/





8 comments so far

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ralbuck

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 01:05 AM

Nicely made; Thanks for the idea.

I am going to make one & modify it to become more collapsible, as I only need it very infrequently.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-29-2017 03:26 AM

Now that is a real smart idea. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 05-29-2017 11:15 AM

A much better than cutting them on the ground. Keeps the saw away from stones on the ground that could nick the blade and dull it.
Nicely done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 05-29-2017 12:18 PM

Not a bad idea for those big jobs. It will sure save your back.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 05-29-2017 02:30 PM

Nice and practical!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Carlos510

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#6 posted 05-29-2017 05:42 PM

Thank you for the Kudos everyone. The frame has reduced my yearly wood shed top up from 4-5 days work to a couple of days.

-- From popular rap:"If time is money, then I need a loan." Carlos B., http://www.hobbyworkshopprojects.com/

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NormG

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#7 posted 05-29-2017 07:20 PM

It works, so the design and build are worth the time to complete it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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snowturtle

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#8 posted 05-29-2017 07:45 PM

this is great ,just what i need thanks for posting .

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