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One of the fastest ways to cut wood is to use a chainsaw. There’s no need to lose an arm cutting down a large tree because a chainsaw can slice through any type of tree like butter. But aside from cutting large chunks of wood, a chainsaw can also cut smaller pieces. You just have to learn how to tame a chainsaw and you can cut almost any type and any size of wood.
Different ways to cut wood
Not everyone has a chainsaw but if you are lucky enough to have one, then you can use this one to cut large pieces of wood from tree trunks. With a chainsaw, you can cut wood to make large pieces of furniture. Here are steps to make chainsaw cutting easy.
Things you will need
- Protective attire (mask, goggles and thick gloves)
- Wood to cut
1) Wear protective clothing
Cutting wood with a chainsaw could be very dangerous if you are underdressed for the occasion. Wear thick gloves, long sleeves, and protective goggles.
Thick gloves and a long-sleeved shirt will protect your hands and arms from bits of wood that will fly around once you make the cut.
Goggles will protect your eyes and if possible, wear a helmet with a face screen to protect your head especially when you are planning to make multiple slices.
You must also use a dust mask to prevent you from breathing in fine sawdust.
2) Prepare the wood you need to cut
You must prop the end of the tree up at least 6 inches (15 cm) off the ground. This will allow the chainsaw to slice through the wood cleanly without hitting the ground. You can use a scrap piece of wood to prop the tree; this has to be placed underneath the tree.
3) Locate knots on the wood
Before starting, locate the knots in the trunk so you can avoid them. Sawing through a knot is dangerous and you should avoid these as much as possible. A knot is a circular area where the wood is condensed. These are usually circular in shape that protrudes slightly from the branch.
4) Measure and mark
You need to make precise cuts, therefore, you have to measure and mark the tree where you will cut. You can decide how thick you want to cut. If you are making a table, the most common tabletop thickness is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) to 2 inches (5.1 cm). Use a tape measure to measure the thickness.
Use a permanent marker to make multiple marks on wood. However, markers may only be seen in wood with lighter barks. You may use a masking tape on darker barks. Wrap a masking tape around the tree so you can clearly see where you need to cut.
5) Time to make the cut
Now, this is the time you have been waiting for, it’s time to make the cut. Hold the chain saw firmly with both hands and power it on. Hold it saw 4 inches (10 cm) to 5 inches (13 cm) above the tree over the line or mark that you have made. Wrap your left thumb around the front handle of the grip. Slowly lower the chainsaw to the tree trunk.
6) Learn how to control a chainsaw
Don’t be intimidated by the sound, just concentrate on your cut and you can control a chainsaw easily. Wrap your left thumb around the grip to keep the saw under control if ever there is a kickback.
Now take the chainsaw blade through the wood slowly. Use a small amount of pressure to push the saw downwards through the trunk of the tree. Go slow and hold the chainsaw and hold it firmly for that clean and perfect cut.
After you have led the saw through the wood, move the slice out of the way and repeat if you need to cut more. If you only want a slice, turn off the chainsaw and place it on a table or on the floor if you need multiple slices, turn off the chainsaw and take the first slice out of the way. Measure and mark the next slice, power the chainsaw on and cut away.
Using a chainsaw is quite easy. Don’t let the sound, size and the weight fool you. It is easy to work with a chainsaw but you need to be very careful and wear protective equipment always.