After ripping the entire log into slabs, choose two flat pieces to serve as the bench’s legs. Begin the cut at the end of the slab farthest from you, using a smooth, sweeping, in-down-back motion that draws the saw toward you and off to one side. With the notches marked, lay the half-round slab on a flat surface, and brace it as you did when you were cutting the legs. To smooth out the ridges that will be left in the bottoms of the notches, “plane” your saw carefully from side to side along the bottoms of each notch, taking care to keep both of the notches the same depth.

If you wish, you can further secure the legs to the top with dowels (which is the most aesthetic method), wood glue, or even nails or screws. 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. You can choose any design of your choice and start making your very own queen size log bed. Air dried wood is a solid option for most projects, but the drying process takes time and will create a few cracks.

Leg slab log

the more rewarding woodpile making log furniture

To rip, first eye down your saw to align the guide bar with one of the outside edges of the log. This first, half-round edge slab should be at least 2″ thick, since it will serve as the top of a bench or table.

Now decide on a design for the legs, work it out on paper, and transfer it to the first of the two slabs.

After both legs are cut, choose a half round slab for the seat (if you’re building a bench) or top (if it’s to be a table). When sawing the leg notches into the top, first make a “down” cut just inside each of the scribed lines, to a depth of no more than half the thickness of the slab. To seat the legs, first place a piece of scrap wood across the bottom of each to act as a buffer, then use a hammer or some such to do the pounding-in chores.

You may wish to sand the top surface a bit, then wipe the entire project clean and apply a finish that’s appropriate for the use the piece will receive.

There are many tutorials and designs available on the internet through which you can make your very own log furnishings.

Small imperfections in the wood, like knots, slight bends or ridges, make each piece distinctive.