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Need some logs cut, but don’t have the right tools? Wondering “can a table saw cut logs?” A table saw is the best bet when you are hoping to rip cut wood and get a factory-like edge. Now, if you need to cut logs down to size, you may be hoping your table saw will be able to tackle that job as well. Yet, it may not be that easy.

Cutting logs with a table saw can be a safety hazard. Unlike processed lumber, logs do not have a flat side which makes them unstable. They can roll and bounce while you are attempting to make your cuts. Untreated wood can also have sap and dirt which can affect the blade and the moving components of your table saw

For these reasons, cutting logs with a table saw is not recommended — but it is possible, in a pinch.

How To Cut Logs on a Table Saw

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When cutting logs with a table saw, the depth of the cut will be limited to the depth of the saw blade. This means you will likely need to split large logs down the middle in order to cut them. You will also need some sort of jig to help you secure your log to a carriage that you could then pass through the saw blade. 

Keep in mind that you can easily bend or break your saw blades in a large log! You will have much better luck cutting smaller logs on your table saw than you will trying to cut large ones.

Better Options (Than a Table Saw) for Cutting Logs

As we mentioned above, using your table saw to cut logs can be a safety issue. But there are other options available to you that can still get the job done.

Bandsaw

A bandsaw can help you cut logs as long as you follow a few guidelines. First of all, you want to make sure that you don’t try to rush. Attempting to cut too much board footage at once can push your saw further than the manufacturer intended which can lead to breakdowns. Plus, going easy on your saw will lead to a higher production value on your cuts. 

Next, you will want to make sure that your saw blade is sharp. A dull blade can get stuck in your log which can be dangerous to remove, and will likely lead to you having to cut out a chunk of the log to retrieve it. 

Finally, you will want to prepare the log for cutting by trimming off any limbs or protruding knots. If you can get off some of the dirt or moss clinging to your log, that will help keep your saw in good working order. 

Chainsaw

You can cut logs with both gas and electric chainsaws. If you are cutting with a 16″ diameter or more, then you will likely want to go with a gas-powered chainsaw, but logs that are less than 16″ diameter can be tackled with the electric. 

Working with a chainsaw can be dangerous, so it is important that you follow a few safety guidelines when cutting logs. Safety goggles are a must to keep sawdust and woodchips out of your eyes. You should also wear ear protection since chainsaw noise levels are quite high. Make sure that you wear proper clothing, boots, and gloves that do not obstruct you in any way. 

Bonesaw

People have been cutting down trees and using logs to build their homes for centuries. Before table saws and chainsaws, they felled trees with axes and used two-manned cross-cut saws. If you have a bone saw, you can use this old school route to cut your logs.

A bone saw is smaller than a cross-cut saw, and it is manned by just one person. It is a great tool for cutting logs down to size for use in your fireplace. The “c”-shaped frame with a blade full of rough teeth slices through logs without too much elbow grease.

Using A Table saw to cut Logs

Can a table saw cut logs? Yes! Do you need to be super careful while you’re doing so? Yes! Is there a better tool for the job? Yes!

Seriously, just be careful, know that you should always try to use the right tool for the job. When that isn’t possible do it in a safe manner or not at all. Save your fingers for another day!