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Unread 05-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #16
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I use a reciprocating saw usually. Granted, most of the splits or limbs are small enough for a long, rough wood blade to cut. I just clamp the wood in my bench vise and start cutting off chunks.
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Chainsaw to cut 3-4 inch thick rounds and then just take an axe or hatchet to the rounds and make chunks.
That's what I do.
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I use a reciprocating saw usually. Granted, most of the splits or limbs are small enough for a long, rough wood blade to cut. I just clamp the wood in my bench vise and start cutting off chunks.

Have not tried that yet but sounds like it would work, thanks.
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I used my table saw with a rough cut blade. And was very careful as I didn't want to loose a digit.
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Unless your wood is pretty straight and flat, using a tablesaw to cut logs is really dangerous! The logs can twist so easily causing a kickback. Painful - trust me on this.

I use a sawsall-type reciprocating saw from Harbor Freight to cut the logs into chunks. I clamp the logs into a bench vice.
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need to go slow, make sure you can cut the logs in one pass and most important, don't cut thru knots. with knots, too much an unknown on how the blade will react. 10 inch blade is the minimum I would recommend because of typical log sizes.....

next thing ya know, you'll be picking fireplace wood by what type of bbq smoke you need.......lol



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Table saw. Safety First.
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I also tried using a miter saw to cut up some wood... I was throwing chunks all over my garage and was lucky to escape with all my appendages.
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Thanks for all the input guys. I think a small electric chainsaw plus a hatchet is the way I'm going to go. I guess I'll just have to find something to hold the firewood still while I cut it. Something that will hopefully be elevated off the ground and be able to hold the wood still.

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I use a reciprocating saw usually. Granted, most of the splits or limbs are small enough for a long, rough wood blade to cut. I just clamp the wood in my bench vise and start cutting off chunks.
This is what I do. I use a hydraulic splitter to make smaller splits then clamp em in the vice and go to work with the sawsall. Get one of the real aggressive wood cutting blades. Goes through it like buttah!


OR the large discs then whack em with an axe or hatchet.

I also have a table saw, 10" miter saw and 10" slide miter saw, but I'm not taking a chance on farking up my woodworking tools or my hands and fingers if the blade gets in a bind. Fark that.
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If you have longer longs I have found it easier to cut them into 3-4 inch pieces with a chainsaw and split them down with a hatchet but if the wood is already cut into 16 inch pieces it would make it dangerous to cut with a chainsaw. It would be easier to split them up and use a miter saw to cut them shorter
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I took the opposite approach - I split logs with a hatchet first, then cut the pieces with a miter saw. Works very well for logs that may be too big for the miter saw and you can work around knots much easier.
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