How to Split Logs




just the way to split logs that I was taught.

Step 1: What You Need

all you will need is an axe, and a stump, or something you can chop wood on. plus the log that you want to split.

Step 2: Starting the Chop

first you put the log, end down, on the stump. then you take the axe and swing at the log (going with the grain)as if to chop it. it should go in a little, depending on how hard you swing. it should look something like this.

Step 3: Finishing the Chop

now you lift the axe up, log and all, and swing hard down so the bottom of the log hits the stump, the axe should go right through and split the log in two. There you go, hope I was helpful, and happy chopping.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Well, That cute little hatchet is good for campfires or making kindling, but where I live we have to cut 2 foot diameter oak rounds. Big sledgehammers get the job done.


    9 years ago on Introduction

     well that estwing hatchet you have in the picture is definitely not made for splitting, and it is also much easier on yourself if you take out your splitting maul (not axe or hatchet) and hit it again.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Again I will add a safety comment. Make sure the handle of the axe is long enough, especially for splitting. Besides being more comfortable to use the right length of handle prevents the axe from cutting into your leg if you miss your mark. You can tell if it is long enough by standing upright and holding the axe as if you just swung and missed. The bit of the axe should touch the ground a couple of feet in front of your tender toes. What axes do to shinbones and feet is not pretty. 36 inches seems to be a good handle length for most people, and I would in most cases prefer the storage problems of a long handle over finding myself suddenly a foot short of what I used to be. Again. get a handle on your axe long enough that you are not in the path of your own swing if you miss.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks dude, I would have added these tips in my Instructable, but it was my first one and I kind of rushed through it, feel free to add anything else you feel I left out. I'm always open to tips for my next Instructable as well.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    You should also mention that wood is best split when it's dry and it's easier to split large pieces by making your chops closer to the edge and taking off parts near the outer edge at first. It's also useful to have a sledge hammer around to finish driving the axe through the log. Have you ever used the tire method pictured in your intro? I've never heard of that.