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Manual Log Splitter



Heating with wood has its advantages and its rustic charms. And then there’s the endless chopping, stacking, and hauling of wood. If I ever go back to heating with wood, as I did many years ago, I would build me a log splitter like this one. Here, a counterweight and a spring allow gravity to do most of the work.

I couldn’t find any full plans for building one of these rigs, but you can get the basic idea from the video and these drawings that I found on a Swedish website. Here’s a Google translation of the page.


1 thought on “Manual Log Splitter

    1. You mean once when you split wood, then once when you burn the wood. I’ve never split burnt wood.

  1. It’s nice when your wood is light and straight-grained and seems to split when you blow on it. I always seem to end up with logs that have knots and burls and twisted, stringy grains that resist the hell out being split.

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