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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in round wood working.

This BB will be building a simple saw buck.


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(note that this image shows one acceptable alternative design)


A saw buck can be a very useful tool, and is similar to a saw horse, but has added top supports to hold wood even more steady while sawing or shaping the wood.

The dry pieces of wood should be the legs and the smaller top supports, fitting in to the main piece of green wood (freshly cut piece of wood). The idea is that the green wood will shrink and further tighten itself to the pieces of dried wood.

Holes are made in the green wood, and the dry leg and top support pieces are inserted into it.

The main piece of green wood is a bigger log cut in half with the flat top facing up, with the legs inserted into the bottom and the smaller supports inserted into the flat top.

This video shows a good design and step by step process of building it. It starts with the legs already inserted, but you can see that process in the video for the saw horse BB.



Be safe when using tools, work at your own risk, and enjoy building!

To get certified for this BB, post three pics.  

  - Your chunks of wood that you are starting with
  - Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
  - Final product
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Wow.  I just went through google image search and youtube and the best sawbucks are at a site called permies.com  :)

When bearpaw was here last year, he had something that was a bit of a saw buck - but it would take three of them to make what I think of as a sawbuck.  I cannot seem to find a picture of it now.  

I made a sawbuck about 15 years ago.  We've been using it and I cannot find pics of it, and I don't know where it is right now, but it looks a bit like this:



Clearly, this is a sawbuck made with dimensional lumber, which is NOT what this BB is about.   But here are some important characteristics of a sawbuck:  

  - there are two "log holders" at one end and one "log holder" at the other end.  The idea is that if you have a log that is 8 feet long, it will hold it.   And if you have a log that is 30 inches long, it will hold that too.  

  - it needs to hold the log steady - no jiggle.  This includes while working over that log with some sort of saw


Here is an interesting design.  If the legs are dry and the big log is green, this could work for this BB




This is the first I have seen of this design and i like it a lot:



I think that the log supports should make an "X" instead of a "U" but maybe that is more a matter of taste.   And maybe you would end up with two different sawbucks - one with a "U" and one with an "X".   If that were the case, I suspect that the one with the "X" would get used about six times more often.



 
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I thought I'd try 4 bits on the top side. I have not yet made up my mind as to whether it was a good decision or not. time will tell.
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Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB completed!

 
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