Select the size
. Design the permanent sawbuck to be 6
vertical 2x4's (38 mm x 89 mm) or 2x6s (38 mm x 140mm) of about 4 feet
(1.22 meters) long and 4 horizontal 2x6's 5 feet (1.52 meters) long
using 3.5 inch (8.89 cm) wood screws or nails. (See "Tips" for
information on making a demo/prototype version instead.)
* Cut the "V" form portion at an angle as shown
* Place the middle of the "X" a little taller for use with a chainsaw
rather than for a bow saw, if you prefer.Design the sawbuck/sawhorse as shown in the illustrations
Tailor the design as you desire or require.Use suitable boards for your project
. Nominal 2X6s or
2X4s of pine (southern yellow or lodgepole or white), or spruce will be
Consider starting with one (the first) "X" temporarily
attached together with two nails/screws to see how tall and wide that
you want to make it
- Decide the taller height that you think you may want, namely, cut
the "X" pieces about 48 inches (1.22 meters) long.
- Adjust the height according to what feels right to you.
Take it apart and angle-cut and trim the angle of the "V" as shown
in the photo above. This angled cutting of the "V" will make it less
top-heaUse this as your pattern for the rest
: the "V" part allows you to nestle and cut two or
more narrow poles or tree limbs (around 3 to 8 feet (91.44 cm x 44
meters) in length) with a chainsaw, to make your firewood quickly.vy.Design the sawbuck lower if you are using a smaller "X"
sawbuck with a hand "bow-saw"
. Make the sawbuck about only 20-24"
(50.8 cm x 60.9 cm) high to the center. This will allow the user to put a
foot on top of the poles or the split wood being cut, when it is that
low (as illustrated).Design a wide, heavily braced base to give you more
stability for the power of a chainsaw
Caution: A lightweight sawbuck might lead to an injury if it falls over
while cutting. Don't use a smaller sawbuck for chainsaw work.Make the sawbuck fold if wished
. One way to connect
the sawbuck together is to use one big bolt of about a 4 inch (10.16 cm)
long, and 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) in diameter. Put it in the exact same
at the center of each "X", using extra-large washers, so
that it can be clamped together and loosened to fold for storage.
Consider screwing on a leg spacer-brace on each "X". Then unscrew the
end spacer-brace to allow the "X" to fold.
To build a non-folding sawbuck, simply connect the "X" forms
together, and use 4 to 6 nails/screws driven permanently into about the
center of each "X".