Mark for dowel (hinges)We will use large dowel to form hinges. Mark all 3 pairs 28" from one end. The book gives inconsistant instructions for this measurement! Mark all your boards the same and you won't go wrong.
Cut 2x4sCut 3 pairs of 2x4s. Two pair (4 total) should be 36" and one pair (2 boards) should be 42". Read through all he photos before starting this project. I left out photos of cutting 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.
Drill dowel holes.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 to one boardGlue the dowel into one 2x4 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!
Other side down... One to go.Note that the 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 by Neil Soderstrom for details.
Screwing on the 1x6sI put cardboard between the 2x4 pairs during assembly, so there will be a gap when complete. Look at the next two photos to see how the 1x6 boards go on. Screws do not go into every 2x4. 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.
Finishing up.The top of the top 1x6 is 1 1/2" less than the center of the dowel or 26 1/2" from the bottom.