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post #1 of 5 Old 05-22-2011, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Chainsawing blanks

I'm pretty comfortable using a chainsaw for cutting firewood, etc. but I feel like I break every safety rule when trimming up blanks. Does anyone have any tips for securing the log as it gets smaller?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-22-2011, 06:48 AM
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You can use rough lumber to make jigs, use screws to hold them in place. Filling a couple screw holes is much better than losing control of a cut, especially with a chainsaw.

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Here is what I use. I don't have any fancy hold down devices. Usually if I pile sawdust under the high end of the blank I can get it to sit flat enough to let me cut it on the log section to the left. I have on rare occasions put a nail in the backside of the log and run a rope over the blank and then I stand on the rope. I don't do that much because my bandsaw (Delta 14" with riser blocks) is big enough to let me cut them round on that.
The other stand is handy for cutting the round log sections to length and ripping down through the middle.
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Depending upon size of log split blanks with an axe or gas chain saw. I have some 4” x 4” lay the log on, or just stack log on other logs to split with chain saw. Some people have made something to lay logs on,

If you want to get fancy can build yourself a Sawbuck, here is an example:

Can also google sawbuck for different designs, or build one like John's.

There are better electric chain saws on the market, but this one has served me well. I have been using an inexpensive Remington 16” electric chain saw bought years ago from Wal-Marts to trim small wet blanks. Electric chain saw not as aggressive as gas saws especially on small blanks. I hate cleaning up bandsaw blade after cutting wet wood. Lot of folks use electric chain saws in their shops. Not sure how they hold logs.
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I made a little sawbuck for use inside the shop with my electric chainsaw. I usually only cut checked ends off or split out the pith with the chainsaw, then round a blank on the bandsaw.
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