How to build a log-cutting stand

Updated February 21, 2017

Log-cutting stands are used to cut logs with handsaws into firewood. They are also used to be manipulated by chainsaws for various projects. Before the days of chainsaws, log-cutting stands were used by woodsmen all the time for making firewood and log houses. Stands like this are often made out of yard lumber and are fairly basic in design. They require little time to build and offer a lot of convenience when it comes to cutting logs.

Drill a hole through the centre of the 51-inch boards. The hole on each board should be 25 ½ inches away from each end and 1 ¾ inches away from each edge.

Position one 51-inch board next to another so the holes on each board are aligned. Place a bolt through the hole so there is a washer at each end of the bolt. Tighten the nut around the bolt with the wrench and repeat this process so you have two pairs of boards with a bolt through each pair.

Lay the pairs of boards flat, parallel and 29 inches apart. Lay a 36-inch board perpendicularly across the boards so its ends are flush with the outside edges of the two inside 51-inch boards, and so it is 1 inch below the bolts. Screw the board down using two screws for each end.

Screw another 36-inch board to the same 51-inch boards, so it is aligned with the first 36-inch board and its ends are flush with the ends of the 51-inch boards. It should be 17 inches away from the first 36-inch board.

Turn the boards over so the 51-inch boards are on top of the 36-inch boards. Screw two 43-inch boards to the pairs of 51-inch boards so there is a 43-inch board directly above each 36-inch board. The ends of the 43-inch boards should be flush with the outside edges of the two outside 51-inch boards.

Screw an eye-hook to the 18-inch centre of the 36-inch board that is flush with the ends of the 51-inch boards. It should be 2 ¾ inches away from each edge and facing the 43-inch board. Screw the second eye-hook to the 43-inch board so both of them are facing each other and aligned.

Stand the stand upright so it is standing on the ends of the 51-inch boards and resting on the edges of the 2-y-6-inch boards. Spread the stand open using the bolts as a hinge at a 70-degree angle. Tie the rope around the eye-hooks so the stand cannot open any further than 70 degrees. Fold the stand back together when it's not in use.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1/2 inch
  • 4 Pine boards, 4-by-4-by-51 inches
  • 2 Bolts, w/washers, w/nuts
  • Wrench
  • 2 Pine boards, 2-by-6-by-36 inches
  • 2 Pine boards, 2-by-6-by-43 inches
  • Screw gun
  • 16 Wood screws, 3 inch
  • 2 Eye hooks, 1 inch
  • Protractor
  • Nylon rope, 40 inches
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Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.