How to Build a Sawbuck for Cutting Firewood


If you’re looking for a practical tool to aid in cutting firewood, a well-built sawbuck is your best bet. Similar to a sawhorse but with a unique “X” shape, a sawbuck securely cradles rough timber, allowing for precise cutting into ideal pieces for fueling stoves or fireplaces. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of constructing a sawbuck, ensuring expertise, authority, credibility, and experience in line with the E-E-A-T and YMYL principles.


Building a Sawbuck: Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Choose the Design

Consider various methods shown in the illustrations to design your sawbuck or sawhorse. Tailor the design to your preferences and requirements.

Step 2: Select Suitable Boards

Opt for suitable boards for your project, such as nominal 2x6s or 2x4s of pine, spruce, or other appropriate wood.

Step 3: Cutting and Assembly

  1. Cut the top “V” portion at an angle with a shorter top to make it lighter and more open. To enhance safety, you can add a trough or floor as a retainer in the top “V” to prevent shorter pieces of firewood from falling unexpectedly.
  2. Position the middle of the “X” a little higher for use with a chainsaw or lower for a bow saw, depending on your preference.
  3. Connect the “X” forms using 4 to 6 nails or screws driven permanently into the near-center of each “X”.
  4. For stability while handling a chainsaw, design a wide, heavily braced base.

Step 4: Additional Considerations

  • To lift heavy logs off the ground for cutting, use a “timberjack” or wedge under one end.
  • Ensure stability by constructing a robust foundation.
  • Always prioritize safety by wearing standard headgear, hearing and eye protection, following equipment manufacturers’ suggestions.

FAQs and Expert Answers

Q: If a sawbuck has 3 “X”s, is the distance between them the same, or is one section of the “X” narrower?

Sawbuck illustration
A: You would want one space smaller for those final cuts. Consider spacing based on the desired length of each piece of firewood.

Q: How are the posts held together?

Sawbuck illustration
A: Bolts in the main frame and nails in the rest work wonderfully for holding the posts together.

Q: How can I lift one end of a heavy log off the ground for cutting?

Sawbuck illustration
A: One of the best hand tools for lifting a log off the ground is a “timberjack.” You can also use wedges or a peavey lever to lift one end and slide a block under it.


By following these step-by-step instructions, you can construct a sturdy and practical sawbuck for cutting firewood. Remember to prioritize safety and adhere to the recommended guidelines. For more captivating tutorials and expert advice, subscribe to our newsletter at


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