This will be a handy how to guide on how to cut a tree on the ground. Usually when it comes to chainsaws, BackyardForests.org would not recommend working on the ground, it’s really bad for your back, and the risk of injury increases. However, unless you happen to be incredible hulk, you probably won’t be able to lift up an entire tree. For this tutorial, safety is most vital! Make sure you have the correct protective equipment such as a hard hat and goggles, and stand side on to stop your leg coming off should you accidentally slip.
In order to make anything out of wood, you’ll have to turn the logs into lumber. But logs don’t appear out of thin air, they are cut from trees. Once you’ve cut the tree down, you’ll need to cut it up into logs, turn the logs into lumber, and use that lumber to create beautiful products. And because of the size of most trees the only way that you can realistically turn them into logs is to work from the ground. This is more or less the only time in woodwork, you should be working from the ground.
Step One: Mark the tree
First thing is to mark your tree. This will decide how long your logs are going to be. Remember your logs will be the same length as your lumber. Make sure it’s long enough so that you’ll be able to actually use it, as lumber which is too small will be very difficult to work with. But don’t make it too long either as this will make it very difficult to carry.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to mark a tree, some people like to use spray paint, others use a manual saw, and you can even get a special tool made for marking trees.
Step Two: Cutting into the tree
When you first cut into the tree, don’t go horizontal, doing this may cause the chainsaw to bounce off. Which can result in a very serious injury.
What you need to do is cut in at an angle, to do this, just place the bottom of the saw against the top of the marking, making sure it’s facing an upwards angle, and from here cut inwards.
From this point, slowly move the saw down, until it has become horizontal. Take your time with this, as rushing can be highly hazardous!
Step Three: Cut ¾ of the way down
At this point, you might be tempted to cut all the way down. Don’t!
Not only will this take longer, it will also make it more likely that you hurt yourself.
What you should do is cut down about ¾ of the way through the tree. Once you’ve reached that point, slowly and careful take the chainsaw out of the tree. If you’re too quick, it might hit you in the face, which won’t be very nice at all. But as long as your careful, risk of such an injury happening is very low.
With your chainsaw out, repeat for the rest of the markings, then put your chainsaw to one side.
Step Four: Roll it
You’ll now have to roll the tree over so that the side facing up has about half a cut of it. This will make it easy to safe for you to cut all the way though.
As with marking, there isn’t a right way or wrong way to roll the tree over. If you’re able to, you can push it over (use gloves if you do this) or kick it over with your feet (use strong shoes if you do this). If you want to be a bit more professional, you can use a special device known as a felling lever.
Step Five: Finish the cut
Pick your chainsaw back up again, and again, come infront an angle to prevent any sort of ping back. But unlike the first cuts, this time, cut all the way down. At the end of each cut, you won’t need to take your chainsaw out, you will be able to just lift it up. Repeat until you have cut all of the markings. Just make sure to take your time, and being even slower when you reach the bottom of the log.
You’ve now cut your tree into logs, check out our tutorials on how to turn logs into lumber, which you can use to make bookshelves, tables, or anything else. Once the tree has been made into logs, the limits to what they can be used for are your skills and imagination. But before you do anything, just take a rest, maybe even leave the using of the logs for another day, as you’re probably tired from cutting up the tree.
In order to do anything with a fallen tree, you’ll first have to cut it into logs. Always wear the correct safety equipment, and take a rest if you feel tired. For safety, don’t ever rush this job, and if you’re new, best get some assistance from someone with more experience.
1. Draw the markings onto the fallen tree
2. Cut in at an angle, and move the saw down until it’s horizontal.
3. Cut ¾ of the way down the log.
4. Roll the log over.
5. Saw all the way down
6. Use the logs.
Before the days of the chainsaw, people would have to use a manual saw, this would take a long time, and make logging the tree into an extremely tiresome task, thankfully, due to modern technology, it can be done much quicker and much easier.
And the quicker you have your logs, the quicker you can turn them into the things you want to.
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