Making of a Saw Buck

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Guest Post by Craig

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Growing up in my grandparents home, I spent a lot of time with my grandfather in his work room. Like all the old timers there was an abundance of hand tools and few to no power tools. In recent years I’ve become more aware of the need to get back to the old ways and not be dependent on the electric grid. Dependence is a trap.

Living in a cabin in the woods we heat with a wood stove. Up until now we have ordered our firewood delivered. There is always the ‘what if’ scenario. What if I for some reason have to cut my own firewood? I have 3 axes but I still needed a replacement for the chainsaw. Fortunately I found a company in Quebec who import a 4 foot cross cut saw from England. Then I realized I needed something to rest a tree trunk on to cut it with my saw. Enter the saw buck. While I got my design from a web site, in talking with someone at a building center it appears this design is well known and common. So, here it is. You will need:

5-8 foot long 2X4’s.

These will all be cut in half so you have 10-4 foot long less half the width of the saw blade.

3 bolts with nuts, 1/2 inch or 5/8 diameter and 4-5 inches long. The plan I went off suggests 2 large, flat washers per bolt and two nuts on each to help prevent a single nut from loosening. The bolts I used have a large head so I had no need for a second washer. Perhaps a better idea than using two nuts is to have the large washer then a lock washer and one nut.

Next, on six of the ten 4 foot long lengths of 2X4 you will cut a 30 degree angle on one end only. This will be the end that sits on the ground. Group the six into 3 sets and put a pencil mark on the face of each 18″ from the top, exactly in the middle of the face of the 2X4. Drill a hole just large enough for your bolt to be pushed through. I suggest marking and drilling each individually and not two at a time. Especially if you do not have a drill press. Make the holes as straight as you can. Now take you 3 pairs and push the bolt through each, slide on the flat washer and lock washer and nut. Tighten but not so tight that you are unable to swivel the sets back and forth. Now, you want to measure down on the edges of each set 19 1/4″ and put a mark. The remaining 4-2X4’s will be used as cross braces, joining the 3 sets of legs together and stabilizing the entire saw buck. The first will be screwed with the top edge at this line you just made. 3″ screws will work fine, two screws for each set of legs. When you are at this stage if the two legs are folded together, make sure you screw into the correct leg for the side the brace is being attached to. Apply one on each side and then the second below the first. Voila, you are finished. I’ve already used mine. It is totally stable and strong. The only innovation I can think of is this: If you had metal sleeves that could be inserted into the bolt holes, then the bolt fits inside this, it would eliminate wear on the wooden legs from opening and folding up for storage your saw buck. Not essential, but just my own thought.

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