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Project by Bill_N posted 11-16-2012 11:14 AM 2862 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father-in-law wanted me to build him a sawbuck.
I had to look it up on the internet to even know what one was.
I found this design that is nice and simple to build, folds up out of the way.
He says it works great with one modification, he added two short boards on one end for shorter wood.

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever





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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 02:14 PM

It’s not built with the most expensive wood. It’s also not an elegant example of fine joinery or fancy finishing. It’s a tool, Simple and elegant in it’s form and function. I tack one together from scraps whenever I need one to cut up bark slabs when I’m sawing logs. In the Summer, I can just pile them up on the ground and burn them. From Sept. till May, I have to cut them short enough to fit in a burn barrel… Somehow or other I almost always end up burning the stand too…

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Bill_N

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 02:30 PM

It is just treated lumber that is now stained with stainless steel screws and bolts he reuses at the house when he is making charcoal
And yes it is a tool

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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americanwoodworker

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 02:43 PM

I built one with one slight mod. years ago and it lasted a long time. I used mine to cut firewood and had problems with the wood trying to turn as I cut them. Also if you forget to cut on each side the wood will become unbalanced and try to tip on you.

If you have any of these problems bolt one end of a chain on the middle uprights of the buck just under the horizontal board. Then on the opposite side bolt one end a short heavy duty bungee cord. Just remove the hook from one end of the cord and insert the bolt in that hole. When you put your logs on, wrap the chain around the logs and hook the bungee cord to it. The bungee cord will keep the chain pulled tight even when the logs shift on you as you cut. This will keep the logs from spinning on you and help prevent the logs from falling off one side and smacking you in the face. You still have to cut your logs evenly but should you forget too, the logs that are now attached to the sawbuck will “slowly” start to tip giving you time to safely move out of the way.

Also watch out where you cut so you don’t hit the chain. Not been a problem for me but some will say “don’t use a chain” I’m sure.

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 08:12 PM

just posted timely :-)
I´m in the mittle of restoring a farmers framesaw back to working condition
the saw has been used to cut firewood and I do want to make a buck like this
mine though will be with a sliding jack or what ever people call it :-)
so its possiple to cut short firewood too

Dennis

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Bill_N

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#5 posted 11-16-2012 09:18 PM

I think what your talking about is the mod my wife’s did two 2X4s cut to half the length to lay there while the shorter los is being cut

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 11-16-2012 09:31 PM

I´m not sure yet how since the plan is in a magazin somewhere in the stac
way down in one of the 40 moving boxes I have stored … lol

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Bill_N

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 10:32 PM

Wife’s dad did

los= wood

I just did a search and found a good plan to use

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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HillbillyShooter

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 10:43 PM

Simple but ooh so functional. I love practical projects! Just be careful and don’t burn it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim55

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#9 posted 11-17-2012 09:50 PM

If you want a dedicated mobile stand of that nature, well then that’s a Jim Dandy one for sure. The thing about them are that they are so simple in function they can take many forms and shapes, often temporary. Many times they were just some branches laid in an X and tied together.

Myself, if I had that much wood to work I would lay a log on the ground and just drive some stakes in on each side of it. I have also just driven a couple sets of stakes in the ground and drop a short log length at one end and lay my logs to cut up across the riser and pull it along as I cut.

There’s no ends of ways to do it.
Btw, I do not mean these suggestions as any form of detraction to what you’ve done. Your Pa-in-law wanted something and it looks like you did a great job of giving him what he asked for. I would say keeping on the plus side of P-I-L is always a good idea and doesn’t hurt relations with the Missus either I would think! (:~D)

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Bill_N

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#10 posted 11-18-2012 02:59 AM

Plus he has a decent machine shop that I have access to :-)

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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