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Michael Cox wrote:Some nice benches here. I'm not sure what timbers people have been using, but I have had a lot of success splitting trunks down their length using multiple wedges and a sledge hammer. In our woods the chestnut and oak splits beautifully. I made a pair of benches, but not following the BB guidelines, so will come back to that later. I have also been freehand chainsawing logs down their length, making crude boards and half logs - they would be perfect for this.

I see that the BB requires 7ft, and that various people have commented on that length. For the spot where I need to build benches - around our base camp fire in the woods - 7ft is way too long. I'd be building two 5ft if I wasn't considering it as evidence for the BB. And a 7ft half round is bloody heavy.



We have mostly pine and Doug fir here, neither of which split very well. Wish we had some nice chestnut and oak up here!
 
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Lon Anders wrote:Nicole here is a pretty straight forward video.

Find center, measure out off it on both sides, snap a chalk line and then start hacking.

Our forefathers done it this way for a long time.




Where do you get a nice set of log dogs like he's using? Those are so nice and simple. It's elegant in it's simplicity.
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I'd love tutorials on how to do this without injury...



You can pick up a cheap set of "forearm forklifts" at Lowe's or UHaul. They allow you to brace the heavy object against your palms and lift with your shoulders and legs rather than lifting with your grip which can cause you to stoop and hurt the back.

Alternatively, you could drill a hole through a longer log and pass a chain through the hole and drag it with a team of people pulling, possibly even putting it on rollers of smaller logs and having a few folks grab rollers from behind and place them in front as you go. Either way would be gentler on the back than Strongmanning it!
 
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D.W. Stratton wrote:Where do you get a nice set of log dogs like he's using? Those are so nice and simple. It's elegant in it's simplicity.


I think to get a nice set requires spending some money or getting into blacksmithing.  To get something that works you could take some rebar and do some rough smithing on it to make the bends and pointy parts.
 
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