Make Log Furniture with a Chainsaw
If you want to learn how-to make log furniture with a chainsaw one of the first tools you will need is a chainsaw. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money when you’re just getting started. Keep in mind however, this is a tool you will be using to make log furniture. With a proper maintenance and care, your new chainsaw can easily pay for itself over and over for many years to come.
From start to finish a good chainsaw can be used to complete just about all the steps of making log furniture. From harvesting and falling trees to bucking and limbing logs, milling slabs and all steps in between; chainsaw carving plays a major role in making log furniture.
With a little practice you can cut just about everything you need to make log furniture with just one saw. You can use your chainsaw to carve Log Chairs, Log Rockers, and Log Benches.
I use my little pruning chainsaw to cut my armrests and footrests for log bar stools and bar chairs, not to mention cutting log slabs down for tables, mantels and more. And when you use welded steel frames it’s as simple as bolting them all together.
When it comes to dimensions, log furniture can be carved to fit. You can use your chainsaw to carve XXXLarge log furniture, or size it all the way down and carve miniatures for the grand-kids.
One of the best things about carving your own furniture is it can be made to fit. You can literally measure up your customer, like a tailor, then hand-carve every piece of their new Rocker “made-to-fit” special contour custom just for them! Then just bolt on one of the welded steel frames and you’re rocking!
WARNING! Chainsaw and log work is addicting. Once you get to spend a few hours alone carving you will find a rhythm and an unbridled need for more.
You will soon see that carving log furniture with a chainsaw is as natural and free-form as it gets. Let the logs talk to you. Look for the special knots, nooks and crannies to feature in each piece. Soon you will see Log Park Benches, Bar Stools and Rocking Chairs in every tree.
Cutting Your Log Bonus Footage Cutting the Comfort Contour Radius
Chainsaw Carving Tips:
- There is no wrong or right way how-to carve log furniture with a chainsaw. Until someone gets hurt! (then it is wrong…and at that point you are certain to question the validity of this statement.)
- Now, *go back to READ AND UNDERSTAND all safety instructions that came with your chainsaw!
- Where all the appropriate PPE.
- Always practice patience and use common sense and think safety when carving log furniture with your chainsaw.
- Never operate your chainsaw one handed. Always get a good grip with both hands!
- Maintain a solid stance with knees slightly bent, feet firmly planted.
- Avoid using the tip of your chainsaw when carving
Basic Chainsaw Carving
While chainsaws are inherently dangerous they are just like any other tool. Learn how to use them properly and safely and they will work for you. Take them for granted, misuse, or abuse them and they will most likely hurt you and make you pay.
Always read, understand and follow all safety instructions that come with your chainsaw!
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use with your chainsaw includes the following:
- Hearing Protection
- Work Boots
- Hard Hat
- Work Gloves
Use caution, be patient and just practice common sense when chainsaw carving. Most importantly, Enjoy your time carving log furniture. Because when it comes time to bolt on one of the welded steel frames, it’s time to Rock!
Once you have carved the seat and back logs for your new log furniture you will no doubt want a place to rest your weary arms. Click here now and learn How-to Carve Arms for Log Furniture.
Here’s another look at ways I use my chainsaw to make rustic log decor.
One of best ways to market your new, hand-made furniture business is through local art shows and trade events.
Watch 2017 What If Festival – Chainsaw Demo Prep for a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make and market hand-made “chainsaw furniture”.