Log Furniture Tools: How-to Make Log Dogs

Log Furniture Tools: How-to Make Log Dogs

So why make Log Dogs you ask?

That is a simple question to answer. Especially if you plan on pulling out your chainsaw anytime soon to start making your own log furniture or even cutting your own firewood.  If you have a chainsaw and you cut logs, you will want to get yourself a pair of these handy log furniture tools.

Log Dogs lift and hold logs

Never underestimate the power of a simple tool. ~Criag Bruce

Although simple, Log Dogs are an effective tool that both support and holds a log in place for the purpose of cutting, notching or shaping a log to be used in the construction of log furniture or even log homes. While Log Dogs are used primary for holding and turning logs, they can also be employed as a simple tool to slide a log into place in the log building environment.

Let’s face it, if you are planning on making log furniture you are going to require logs, right?

So one more innovative use for your new Log Dogs is to aide you in securing your logs while transporting them home in the back of your truck or trailer. These are handy little tools.

Log Dogs make an ideal project for the first time or beginning welder.

Because of their simplicity, Log Dogs make an excellent beginners welding project. Log Dogs can easily be fabricated in just a couple hours using basic metal working tools and equipment found in most home or garage based work-shops.

In this simple tutorial we will take a close look at the variety of uses of this handy tool.

Then you will be given the opportunity to either rent a short video presentation which shows you step-by-step, how-to make your own Log Dogs or you can purchase a detailed, downloadable and printable informational eCourse complete with your own blueprint and access to the same video you see below.

And if you really can’t wait to make your own Log Dogs I will be happy to box you up a pair and mail them right to your doorstep.

So the choice is yours. Keep on using your old, worn out log cradles, or start cutting like the pro’s and get yourself a set of these handy little Log Dogs.

Log Dogs cradle and support logs

The 3 Primary Uses of Log Dogs

The first position you see demonstrated at the top of this page is designed to hold the log firmly in place as you cut your logs for furniture, log construction or the cutting of firewood. Next you will see another use for your log dogs. Here the Log Dogs are being used to cradle the log in place for notching or carving.


Log Dogs bite

On the left you see how Log Dogs bite into the side of the log you are working on as well as into the log deck that the logs are sitting on. In some instances while working on logs, your log does not need to be suspended, however they should always be held tight.  Perhaps one of the easiest ways to make this happen is to either use a loggers peavey or a hammer to drive the points home.

Regardless of which way you position the Log Dogs, each point is designed to penetrate into the log with a minimal scaring affect.

Even though Log Dogs look small you can use them on very big logs.

Log Dogs are extremely durable.

Another thing you will notice is the piece of rope between the 2 sets of Log Dogs. The rope not only makes the Log Dogs easy to carry, it also saves you from losing them as they hang nicely over a log. Having the ability to hang your new Log Dogs over a log will keep them from getting buried in the sawdust that frequently consumes everything around you while cutting logs.

Another method of employing your Log Dogs is for turning logs. In this position you will find that you are able to keep the log in the same place while turning it using you log builders peavey.

Log Woring Tools

A loggers peavey is a tool designed and used for moving and turning logs. You use the spike on the peavey to get under the log and move it while the cant hook is designed to dig in and turn or roll your log.

Loggers Peevey

For the second application the Log Dogs are reversed. This allows the log to easily rotate on the two smooth faces.This picture shows the flat surface that the log rotates on while allowing a good view of the spiked points of contact that penetrate into the log below.

Finally, the 3rd method of using your Log Dogs is to lie them flat on their back, up against the log on the side that you want the log to travel to. As you place the peavey under the opposite side and leaver the log in the direction that you want it to go the log rides up onto the spikes and slides on the flat surface of the dog. For this application, the peavey would be placed on the other side.


Log Dogs for Log Furniture Makers


This has been a general overview of how to use your new Log Dogs. Now, watch this video and learn How-to make your own Log Dogs. Or, drop me an email and I will be happy to mail you a pair today.

To rent and watch this detailed, step-by-step video presentation about “How-to Make Your Own Log Dogs”, simply click on the link located at the bottom of the video posted below.

Or to purchase your down-loadable and printable copy of our comprehensive Video eCourse simply click on the link listed below, drag  and drop it into your shopping cart.  Just look for the picture of the Log Dogs.

We want to hear from you!

Upon completion of your first set of Log Dogs, you may find a few new uses of your own that are not included in this eCourse. If you do discover new uses for your Log Dogs, we want to know about them to share with others.

Even if you don’t discover new uses for your Log Dogs, we’d like to show the world your work. Be sure to take some photos of your project and send us your comments. We will happily feature you and your new Log Dogs on our blog: http://logfurniturehowto.com/blog/

Please feel free to contact me, Mitchell Dilllman of Colorado Rock*N Logs, Inc. with any questions or comments,email: support@logfurniturehowto.com or call: (719) 428-5029

 Or contact David Edgeley of BC Log Stair and Rail, LLC  http://thelogbuildersworkshop.com

How-to Make Your Own Log Dogs

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