Intro: How to Make a Kindling Splitter
In this Instructable, I am going to show you how I made a stationary wood splitter, it can be used to split logs or make kindling. Making kindling is what I need it for, using this stationary splitter is much safer than trying to split wood using an axe or hatchet. The top has a square cage to keep the hammer or your hand away from the blade when in use.
It works by holding the wood over the blade and then hitting it with a mallet or another piece of wood. For those of you who can't swing an axe or don't feel comfortable swinging an axe, you can use small taps with a hammer and still split wood.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
There are very few materials needed to make the splitter, but a welder is required.
- 10 foot long rebar cut to:
- 4 pieces @ 8"
- 5 pieces @ 7 1/16"
- 2 pieces @ 12"
- 4 pieces @ 5"
- Angle grinder with cutting disc and grinding disc
- Hack or metal bandsaw (optional)
- Welding Magnets (optional)
Step 2: Video
Here is a video assembling the wood splitter:
Step 3: Design and Build
The design is very simple but effective, I got inspiration from pictures I saw online.
- Make an 8" square from the two 8" pieces and two 7 1/16" pieces of rebar, do this twice so there are two squares;
- Tack weld the squares to hold;
- Using the welding magnets, line up the 12" rebar perpendicular to one side of one of the squares and then tack weld in place;
- Repeat on the other side;
- Weld on the second square that will be the top of the cage.
- The blade is made from a piece of 7 3/4" x 1.5" x 1/4" thick steel plate cut into a semi-circle like the head of an axe;
- The blade is welded to a 7 1/16" piece rebar;
- An edge was ground into the plate steel using an angle grinder and a grinding disc or sanding flap disc, it doesn't have to be super sharp, just sharp enough so it will split wood.
- The blade assembly was welded mid way between the two vertical 12" rebar pieces, this keeps the blade high enough so when the wood splits there is room for the wood to go and keeps you from striking the top of the cage with the handle of the hammer;
- Using the 5" rebar pieces, they were ground with an angle so they could be welded between the bottom square and vertical 12" rebar as support bars;
- All the welds were reinforced with additional welding before use.
Step 4: How to Use
The use of the splitter is very straight forward, hold a piece of wood over the blade and hit it with a hammer or another piece of wood. You can split wood into very small pieces and you hand is never close to the blade. Lining up smaller pieces of wood is super easy.
An option is weld on a few pieces of flat bar and then drill some holes so the splitter can be screwed into a chopping block so it stays steady when in use. This would be particularly good if you want to chop large logs.
Hope you found this Instructable useful and check out my other ones.
Note: Based on some of your comments: the blade is positioned high enough so that handle of the hammer never makes contact, at least during my use for making kindling. I could see if you were splitting larger logs that it would be possible to hit the handle, you could protect the top rail with a piece of foam or rubber.