All in all, a wonderful introduction to a craft that produces tremendous rewards for all levels of ability, and one which is not at all inappropriate for those who have absolutely no woodworking experience nor a workshop full of expensive power tools, such as myself. I have just taken an interest in rustic and log furniture and was very happy to get this book from e-bay,and he included his signature!
When preparing to cut a log with you chainsaw be sure your are wearing all the proper safety equipment.
Log tools furniture
Once you have determined where you will be cutting the log and you have cleared the area of any unwanted debris it is time to get to work. Take time to consider any knots, limbs or imperfections in the log that will enhance the finished piece of furniture. If you plan on cutting several logs to make more than one piece of log furniture it is a good idea to take time and cut some ‘log cradles’. Finally, when cutting logs with a chainsaw, it is important to keep the alignment of the bar and chain away from your line of sight.
Although some traditional tools are exposed, everything in the book is meant to be made with power tools (but one could also use traditional tools). While the authors are thorough in their details, they are careful to continually remind the reader to infuse his or her own creativity in the process, leaving some of the specifics of certain the projects up to the reader’s desires and imagination. Les have written a no nonsense book with detailed information on wood, tools, finishes and etc. Which of course adds another level of cool to the project if the wood came from your land you built it and now it is right there in your house.
As you will observe, this leaves a seating area of between 16 – 18 inches which is typical for just about any type arm chair. It is always best to consider what pieces of log furniture you are making before starting up you chainsaw. Doing all of this before actually starting up the chainsaw will make your cutting time more efficient, and even safer, as your attention will be focused solely on your saw and cutting the log. To make yourself a set of cradles, simply cut a notch in some of your cut-offs or scrap logs.
This will help keep flying wood chips, saw dust and debris from blowing back into your face.