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Gary’s SawBuck

Gary e-mailed photos of his completed sawbuck and it looks fantastic. He had some very specific requirements and modified the plans a bit. His description is here:

We are full-time motor homers in a 38′ Holiday Rambler Endeavor diesel pusher where everything has a place and everything MUST be in its place. So a saw buck must be small, fairly lightweight and portable.

I changed the angle of the 2″ X 4″s to be 35 degrees, instead of 45 degrees, in the “crotch” that holds the logs. That made the “footprint” a little narrower, but it is still stable. The wood that I cut into lengths are almost always tree limbs and never bigger than 9″ or 10″ in diameter.

Per your suggestion, I used a 1″ X 6″ oak board to “tie” the two sets of “legs together, with 2-1/2″ Kreg pocket screws. After I glued (Gorilla glue) the 1-1/4” pivot dowels into the legs, I “pinned” the pivot dowels with a 5/16″ X 3-1/2″ cross-dowel to prevent the pivots from ever “spinning” in the leg.

I’ve had a stroke and am mildly handicapped, so simple projects like this are about the limit of my abilities. Prior to my stroke, I’ve built furniture, garages, houses, etc. But, I really enjoyed this project.

Gary “FritoBandito” F.


Thanks for the photos Gary! I love to see how these projects turn out. They are all a little different and all wonderful.

Here are the original sawbuck plans.

New project: Hickory snath (scythe handle)

I have a new page in the project section for a straight snath, made out of hickory.  Since I was building my own snath, I was able to incorporate all the advice on snath design and make the just right for me and it works fabulously.  This is a very straight forward project, taking a little bit of two afternoons.  Tools used: bandsaw, drill, jig saw and router.

Click here to read more

Scythe, wooden tools and making adjustments

I purchase a scythe from Lehman’s and found it a bit awkward. I ordinarily don’t have problems with tools from Lehman’s so I thought I just needed to learn to use the tool. After reading this page on snath making at scytheconnection.com I realized that it was the tool that needed to change, not me.

The snath is the wooden handle of the scythe. Being made of wood, it should be very easy to change or duplicate.

According to scytheconnection.com, the grip where you put your hand should be about 2 inches above where you hips bend. The grip on the Lehman’s snath was much higher than this and angled away from the blade. I took the snath apart and made a new piece to connect the grip to the snath. In the photo on the right, the piece on the left is the original. The one in the middle is my first prototype, made from plywood and the last was made from oak. Click on the image for a better view. You can’t see it in the picture, but the tenon on Lehman’s piece was only cut on one side. The new one I cut from Oak was cut on both. This should make it sturdier, and help it last longer.

Because of the curve, the grip was now placed forward by about 4 inches. This made all the difference. The scythe was easier to balance and it was easier to keep the blade parallel to the ground. If you click the image below, you can see how everything goes together.

I love wooden tools because they are so easy to change and improve.

The Scythe Connection

I have used a scythe for a while now and thought I had learned all I needed to know. After looking at Scytheconnection.com, I can tell I have a lot to learn.

There is a buyers guide that is quite through, with information on where you can buy a blade and snath (handle). A good page on selecting the right blades is here. They recommend two blades, a longer blade for open fields and a shorter one for trimming work.

The blade and snath I ordered from Lehmans (brush blade / standard American handle) has always always felt a little out of balance and I thought it just took getting used to. It may be that it just isn’t quite right.

There is even a section on making your own snath (handle). I may give it a try, just to see the difference.

Here is an earlier post of mine on mowing with a scythe…



If you raise chickens you will quickly learn that you need an isolation space for chickens that are sick, injured or are just too aggressive.

Originally, we put together spaces as needed using straw bales and chicken wire.

We needed our isolation space often enough that I decided to make something permanent.

The henitentiary has two separate spaces. Each about 2 feet by 4 feet, complete with roost.

It is constructed from about (10) 8 foot 2x4s, chicken wire, hinges and latches.

6 of the 2x4s were cut into 4 foot lengths. Two 4 foot by 4 foot squares were constructed (top and bottom), which were then connected together with 4 foot 2x4s.

First, two 8 foot 2x4s were cut in half the long way to make the doors, roost and the board that forms the bottom of the door opening.

One 4 foot 2×4 divides the front into two halves and is used for the door latches.

Build the doors next, so you can fit them into the opening at the front. The doors need 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch clearance on each side. The doors are constructed with lap joints. Click here to look at photos of lap joints being constructed.

At this point, I installed the chicken wire from the inside and added a middle piece between the two sides. I just stapled it to the wood and wired it together. Note that the floor is open.

The boards for the roost were installed and finally the roost. I had to cut holes into the chicken wire to get the roost through.

I keep it inside a building, so it doesn’t need a roof or sides. In the Winter, I attach foam insulation, to hold in warmth.

In-Car CD Player Holder

180px-cd-ph-in-car.JPGI put together plans for a new project, an In-Car CD Player Holder. It was put together using what I had on hand. Most of the dimensions are not critical. The holder rests between the passenger seat and the center console. There is a tight enough fit that the seat holds it in place. The top could be made a different shape to accommodate an MP3 player, Pocket PC or just about any small device.