How to Cut Firewood on a Table Saw

Updated February 21, 2017

Firewood is very common in the winter months to help heat houses. While it is chopped off trees and cut down in size, it is almost always necessary to cut it even smaller. There are many available options when cutting firewood, including a table saw. A table saw has a blade coming up from the table and is often used for rip cuts on lumber. Cutting firewood with a table saw is no different than cutting anything else on a table saw and can be completed rather easily.

Measure the first piece of firewood with a tape measure and mark with a black marker where the cut will need to be made. Set the piece of firewood on the table saw and line it up next to the blade.

Adjust the blade so it is high enough to cut through the entire piece of firewood. Turn the knob on the front of the table saw to move the blade up and down until it is a little higher than the height of the firewood.

Set a speed square down on the saw and line it up with the blade to make sure the blade is square. Push it up against the blade and check to verify that there is no gap between the square and the blade.

Line the mark on the firewood up with the blade on the saw. Turn on the saw and begin sliding the firewood through the blade at the desired mark. Push the blade through with the blade guard located on the end of the table saw behind the piece of wood.

Push through until the entire piece has been cut and measure to make sure the proper cut was made. Measure the second piece of firewood and repeat the same process until all of the cuts have been made.


It is not always necessary to measure and have an exact cut when working with firewood. Generally it is just cut down to a smaller size so it can fit in a fireplace. If measurements are necessary, always use a marker that is dark enough to see when the cut is being made.


Always wear safety goggles when working with a table saw or any other type of saw. This will help prevent pieces of wood from flying up and entering the eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • Firewood
  • Table saw
  • Safety goggles
  • Speed square
  • Black marker
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Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.