How to Make a Wood Cutting Stand

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How to Make a Wood Cutting Stand
Stand construction lumber will make for a sturdy wood cutting stand. (Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A wood cutting stand is a V-shaped unit that is intended for suspending logs horizontally in the air. The device allows for easily cutting logs. Wood cutting stands are useful for cutting logs with hand saws or chainsaws. Wood carvers who carve wood with chainsaws will use cutting stands like these for their projects. Woodsman who use hand saws to cut logs on wood cutting stands often use the pieces for firewood. Wood cutting stands can be easily constructed out of construction lumber and can be built to fold for convenient storage.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Protractor
  • 4 pine boards, 4-by-4-by-52-inches
  • 4 pine boards, 2-by-6-by-35-inches
  • Drill
  • 3/4-inch drill bit
  • 2 bolts, w/nuts, 3/4-by-9-inches
  • 4 washers, 3/4-inch
  • Wrench
  • Screw gun
  • 16 wood screws, 3-inches long

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  1. 1

    Lay a 52-inch board flat. Drill a hole through the centre of the board that is 26 inches away from each end, and 1 ¾ inches away from either side. Repeat this process on the other three 52-inch boards.

  2. 2

    Set a 52-inch board on top of another so the holes are aligned. Insert a bolt through the holes with a washer at both ends of the bolt. Tighten a nut around the bolt with your wrench. Repeat this process with the other two boards so you have two pairs of boards with a bolt through each pair. These are the ends to your wood cutting stand.

  3. 3

    Position the ends to your cutting stand upright, spread open at a 70-degree angle and so that the outside edges of the ends are 35 inches apart. Screw a 35-inch board to the ends so its top edge is underneath two of the 52-inch boards. It is positioned right where the 52-inch boards crossover each other. The 35-inch board connects the ends so they can stand freely. The ends of the 35-inch board should be flush with the sides of the 52-inch boards. Repeat this process on the opposite side. Use eight screws for this step.

  4. 4

    Screw another 35-inch board to the ends. It should be parallel with the other 35-inch board and its bottom edge should be flush with the ends of the 52-inch boards. Repeat this process on the opposite side. Use eight screws for this step. These boards on the bottom of your stand.

  5. 5

    Spread the 52-inch boards until they cannot spread any further. The top two 35-inch boards will keep them from spreading any further. Lay your log in the stand so it is parallel with the 35-inch boards and so it rests on both pairs of 52-inch boards.

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