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The Chopping Block...

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by WES999, Nov 22, 2009.

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  1. WES999

    WES999 Minister of Fire

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    I knew there had to be a better way than trying to stand a round on it's end, give it whack with the mall and have the pieces fall off the round it was sitting on.

    So I built a chopping block, it is made form scrap lumber with a plywood top and bottom.
    I drilled 4 holes in the tire and installed 4 screws that stick up about an inch to hold the tire in place, I put 3 pieces of wood inside the tire to give it a bit more height. The tire is easily removable in case I have some large rounds.

    I just tried it out and works very well, Its nice and solid and the tire holds the splits in place so they don't fall off. It makes for easier splitting.

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  2. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    That tire looks like it has some good life left in it.
  3. ozzy73

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    I finally gave the tire idea a try this fall and it has been a back saver. My tire of choice is a set of Hoosier racing slicks,I removed the sidewall pointing up giving me some more room.
    Totally amazed how many rounds I can squeeze in there and just simply circle the block to split them all.

    I call it the HOOSIER splitting system.

    Drill a few drain holes on the bottom side wall so rain will not collect in there.
  4. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    If you cut off the bead, you can turn the tire inside out which makes it stand much taller.
  5. rathmir

    rathmir New Member

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    I have to agree, short of a nail - that tire'd still be on my truck!
  6. 'bert

    'bert Minister of Fire

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    you know they can repair them right? :)

    When I first looked at the pic I thought "why would you do that with a new tire"

    Anyway I hope it works out well for you and look forward to the youtube action video.
  7. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the posting a pic. I've been meaning to try that out.
  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I guess most people need a chopping block, but why did you build it so high? The lower the better as that gives you a better swing with the axe.
  9. Gator eye

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    not my block but I can answer that question.....it seems the older I get the father away the ground gets and my back thanks me for working at a height where I'm not bent over the whole time.
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    Gator, the only problem I can see with your theory is that you still have to pick up every piece to put it on the chopping block. Split on the ground and you get a better swing and do not have to lift the log before splitting.

    btw, I fully understand about the back as mine is terrible. Polio and 3 surgeries and still scoliosis can attest to that plus my age.
  11. quads

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    I agree that picking up and carrying rounds is much harder on my back than swinging a maul with a full-length handle.
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