Chainsaws are mainly used to cut woods into certain pieces. You can cut as much woods according to your need.
But there are some simple rules or procedures to cut wood with the help of a chainsaw.
It’s not that easy but not that much hard to use one. Just follow the steps below for easy cutting of woods with a chainsaw.
How to Cut Wood Slices with Chainsaw
Here is the step by step guideline how to cut wood or logs into slice using a chainsaw.
1. Wear Thick Gloves, Long Sleeves, and Protective Goggles
Operating a chainsaw is not easy, it can be dangerous. So it’s important to consider safety first before using it.
Thick work gloves and a long-sleeved shirt protects hands and arms from flying wood chips and splinters. Also don’t forget to wear a chainsaw chaps.
Goggles protect eyes, but if you’re planning to cut a lot of slices, consider buying a helmet with a face screen.
A dust mask helps to prevent you from breathing in fine sawdust.
Steel-toed boots are a wise choice for footwear to save feet from unwanted wood dropping.
2. Prop the End of the Tree up at Least 6 Inches (15 Cm) off the Ground
Make the end of the wood propped up so that the chainsaw can slice through the wood cleanly without hitting the ground below. To prop up the log you may use a log jack. The log jack is found attached with a can’t hook or as an free widget. Also you can use a sawhorse to lift of the log above the ground.
A scrap piece of wood works better for this. Work the scrap wood underneath the end of the tree from where to start making cuts.
Large tree slices are usually used to create rustic tabletops and pedestals. A chainsaw can cut through very large branches and trunks of trees.
3. Take Note of the Knots in the Trunk so You Can Avoid Them
Sawing through a knot in the wood can be dangerous sometimes. Before measuring and marking the slices, evaluate the tree trunk for knots in the surface.
Avoid cutting slices where the knots are located.
The knot is the circular area where the wood is condensed. Look for a circle shape that protrudes slightly from the branch of the wood.
4. Measure and Mark the Tree Where to Make the Cut
The thickness is up to you. Measure the thickness with a tape measure.
Mark the trunk in multiple places with a permanent marker so that you can line the saw blade up at those points.
You can also try wrapping a piece of masking tape around the tree trunk and use that as cutting guide.
5. Hold the Chain Saw Firmly with Both Hands and Turn It On
Hold the saw 4 inches (10 cm) to 5 inches (13 cm) above the tree and line it up with the marks that you have made.
Wrap the left thumb around the front handle of the saw’s grip. Turn the saw on and slowly lower it down to the tree trunk to cut it.
Wrapping the left thumb around the grip will allow you to keep the saw under control if you experience any kickback.
6. Glide the Chainsaw Blade Through the Wood Slowly
Apply a small amount of pressure while pushing down through the tree trunk with the saw. Go slow and hold the chainsaw as firmly as possible so that the cut is clean and straight.
No need to press down with a lot of force; let the blade do most of the work while you guide it.
7. Move the Slice out of the Way and Repeat, If Desired
If you only want 1 slice, turn off the chainsaw and you’re done. If you want multiple slices, turn off the chainsaw and move the first slice out of the way.
Measure and mark the new slice and repeat the same actions.
Use this technique to cut the wood with the help of a chainsaw.