Overview, Tools and Chainsaw Safety
In these lessons, you will learn about the tools needed to do the job and basic woodworking joinery techniques like the Mortise and Tenon Joint. We will go over staining and finishes and general log furniture care. And best of all, along the way, you will gain confidence in your basic woodworking and furniture making skills.
The Right Tools for the Job!
Now you may have already noticed one of our primary goals here at LogFurnitureHowTo.com is to show you how you can build beautiful log furniture with whatever tools you already have laying around in your garage or back yard shed.
Even if you’re a woodworking beginner, the idea behind this first project is to show you many of the basic skills you’ll need as we move into more advanced log furniture projects. You see the thing is, just about anyone can make one-of-a-kind rustic log furniture using as few tools as a hatchet, a pocket knife and some sand-paper. And you really don’t even need the sand-paper.
But let’s face it, this will take much more time and effort than need be. So let’s be practical and proceed knowing we will be using electricity. Below is a short list of the basic hand tools you will need for this project. If you do not already have these basic tools, they come highly recommended and can be used for wood working projects.
Basic Hand Tools:
- Small axe or Hatchet
- Wood Chisel
- Mallet or Household Hammer
- Hatchet/Hammer Combo
- Utility Knife
- 1 ¼” Paddle Bit
- 1 ¼” I.D.(Inside Diameter) Hole Saw
- Assorted Sand Paper
- Paint Brush
Here’s a list of the basic power-tools required for this project. While many of these tools are common place around the home, if you don’t already have them, now is a good time.
Basic Power Tools:
- Medium Duty Chainsaw
- Circular Saw
- Electric Household Drill
- Pad Sander
- Light Duty Belt Sander
- 41/2” Small Angle Grinder (optional)
Advanced Log Furniture Tools
- Heavy Duty Chainsaw
- 12” Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Heavy Duty Woodworking Drill
- Log Furniture Tenon Cutter
- Floor Drill Press
- Heavy Duty Belt Sander w/ inversion stand/frame
- 6” Angle Grinder/Polisher
Cutting Your Log
A Quick Review of Basic Chainsaw Safety Tips
I know you’re probably anxious to begin, but before you pull out that chainsaw and start hacking away, I’d like to go over some safety tips. It won’t be long now and we’ll be into those wood-shavings and that saw dust, knee deep so just hang tight…
Let’s face it you’d have to agree that, even when used properly, chainsaws are inherently dangerous. I mean come on, chainsaws are designed to cut wood – and FAST. And anyone or anything else that gets in the way will be no match for a good sharp chain. Or even a dull one for that matter. So before you go out and yank that crank, let’s make sure you’ve got everything under control.
Take a minute and watch this short video I put together while cutting logs for our flagship product…The Colorado Rock-n-Log©
…and be sure to review the owner’s manual that came with your chainsaw. Remember, if you need any of the common chainsaw safety items mentioned, make sure to purchase them here, through these links:
- Ear Plugs or Hearing Protection
- Eye protection
- Heavy Duty Work Gloves
- Steel Toe Work Boots
- Chainsaw Safety Chaps
- Hard Hat
Okay then, I think that about covers it. Be ready to fire that chainsaw up next time we meet. See you soon!