Easy-to-Use Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood

This angled log holder makes it easier to cut smaller firewood for your woodstove.
By Bruce McElmurray
October/November 2013
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This sawbuck is designed to cut small pieces of firewood.
Photo By Bruce McElmurray


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We devised this sawbuck to cut our smaller firewood. I took an 8-foot, 2-by-6-inch board and cut a 45-degree bevel on both sides to make the ramp. I used two 8-foot, 1-by-4-inch boards to make the sides and I attached them to the base with deck screws. I then sunk two 4-by-4s into the ground and cemented them into place. I cut the tops of the 4-by-4s to a comfortable cutting height, and angled the cut for a downward slope. I used 3-inch deck screws to attach the ramp to the top of the posts.

We mark our firewood to fit our woodstove’s capacity. I make marks on a straight stick with a logging crayon every 16 inches, using electrical tape as a guide. My wife slides the marked logs down the ramp, and I cut them off using an electric chainsaw. This sawbuck setup saves a lot of time and backbreaking, unnecessary work.

Bruce McElmurray
Fort Garland, Colorado








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