Heavy Trestles for Log and Beam Work

I felled a tree the other day and needed some low heavy trestles to bring the saw logs up to a height that’s comfortable to saw horizontally with maebiki-oga saw.

I didn’t want to worry about carefully preparing the lumber for joinery. Working from a center line allows you to use lumber that is twisted or bowed, but joints need to be housed.

How about a nice big log for the top of the trestle, plenty of space for driving dogs and not likely to walk around  when pulling on the saw.  I’m a fan of draw boring for pegging mortise and tenon joints.

Good work holding makes me a happy sawyer, and creates the most efficient conversion of human energy to the saw.

Height for the trestles are an inch or two below my knee, about 20″. Sawing being such a simple activity, one would assume that it is easier than in practice. In reality you will find that small details make a big difference, getting the log to a good height for sawing is one such detail.

Now if I could keep my ink line from freezing in this cold, haha.

4 thoughts on “Heavy Trestles for Log and Beam Work”

  1. Heh Gabe. So good to see your blog again…always interesting. And thanks for the beginning pic with Lilly. I save all this stuff.

  2. May I ask a dumb question?
    What are, in your view, the comparative advantages and drawbacks of the ink line and the chalk line?
    Non freezing ink?
    I would try adding some kitchen salt or alcohol or auto windshield anti-freeze.
    It seems kitchen salt would not work well below 10°C (at least for road application).
    For ethanol/water, look at
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Phase_diagram_ethanol_water_s_l_en.svg
    A 40 % whisky would freeze at about -30°C.
    Sylvain

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