Sawbuck Plans


This is a sawbuck that I built from plans in Chainsaw Savvy by Neil Soderstrom.

I use my sawbuck to hold wood that I am cutting with the chainsaw. The wood braces are spaced to match my wood stove. I can place a log on top and with 3 or 4 cuts, I can have 3 to 4 pieces of wood, cut to the proper length.

Read through this entire project before starting. Cut 3 pairs of 2x4s. Two pair (4 total) should be 36″ and one pair (2 boards) should be 42″. I left out photos of the 1x6s You will want to cut four 1x6s, 2″ LESS than the length of your stove. You will need two 1x6s that are 7 1/2″ LESS than TWO times the stove length. So if your stove is 18″, you need four 16″ boards and two 28 1/2″ boards.

We will use a large dowel to form hinges. Mark all 3 pairs 28″ from one end. The book gives inconsistent instructions for this measurement! Mark all your boards the same and you won’t go wrong.Drill the holes for the dowel with a drill press and drill the boards in pairs. It is important to have properly aligned holes for the hinges to work. I used a 1 1/4″ bit for 1 1/4″ dowel.
Glue the dowel into ONE 2×4 from each pair. The dowel should be about 3 5/8″, long, enough to go through two 2x4s and a bit more. Use an outdoor grade glue. Wait for the glue to dry!
I put cardboard between the 2×4 pairs during assembly, so there will be a gap when complete. Look at the next two photos to see how the 1×6 boards go on. Screws do NOT go into every 2×4. If you number the 2x4s from left to right (1 through 6), screws go into 1, 4 and 5 on one side, and when you flip the saw buck over, they go into 2, 3 and 6.
Note that there are longer 2x4s are in the middle. Additional parts can be added so you can have a board that holds down the log you are cutting. See the book Chainsaw Savvy for details.
The top edge of the top 1×6 is 1 1/2″ less than the center of the dowel or 26 1/2″ from the bottom.Now you are done.

You can click here for some additional photos .

If you are looking for something smaller, I have plans for a mini sawbuck here.

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