Are you looking for that perfect log couch, chair, table, or bed to add to the charm of your cabin interior? How about a nice piece of log furniture? Better yet, have you ever thought about how to make log furniture yourself with just a few log furniture tools?
Making log furniture can be a budget-friendly addition to your cabin furniture set and comes with the bonus of looking fantastic and a sense of pride knowing that you were able to build log furniture on your own. Plus, you might be able to add a few extra log cabin tools to your collection. Let us review a few available tools to build log furniture.
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Log Tenon Cutter
Most log furniture plans suggest using the round mortise and tenon joint. This joint provides the traditional look of log furniture that is so appealing. In addition, a tenon cutter helps simplify the tenon maker joint process. Tenon cutters are available in just about any diameter, which will help you complete any of your log furniture woodworking projects.
Lumberjack Tools is a well known and trusted brand when it comes to log furniture building tools. Lumberjack Tools has commercial, industrial, pro, and home versions of their tools. The log tenon cutters below are the pro and home version of these tools. Both are considered a high quality tenon cutter for creating different sizes of tenons. Use with 1/2 drill for easy speed control and precise results.
Log Tenon Cutter Pro
The Lumberjack Tools Pro Log Tenon Cutter is available in different sizes including 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/2″, and 2″ tenon cutter diameters with dual blades. Great for building coffee tables, log beds, end tables, dining room table, and rustic furniture chairs with a variable diameter tenon. Made in the USA with a radius shoulder profile at the end of the log. Great dual blade tenon cutters for old world craftsmanship.
Log Tenon Cutter Home
Lumberjack Tool has a home beginner log tenon cutter version. The Lumberjack Tools Home Log Tenon Cutter will cut a 1-1/2″ tenon diameter with a radius shoulder profile. This also comes with 20 beautiful log furniture plans which is a great wait to start with DIY log furniture tools. Made in the USA.
Another popular tenon cutter is the e-z tenon cutter made by e-z log tools.
Forstner bits are used by log furniture builders, carpenters, and other woodworks for drilling flat bottom holes or pocket holes with flat bottoms with smooth and straight sides. Perfect for pairing the tenon into when building log furniture tools.
The Freud 16PC Diablo Forstner Drill Bit Set is highly rated and great for drilling into hard wood, soft wood and even plywood. The Forsner Drill Bit comes with a wooden cases. Drill bits range from 1/4″ inch to 2-1/8″ inch bits in 1/8″ inch increments for a great master kit.
Draw Knife of Draw Shave
The Draw Knife is one of many woodworking tools handy for debarking and peeling logs. The draw knife is a sharp metal blade flanked by a handle on each end of the blade. To use, you hold the handles, one in each hand, and place the drawshave on the surface of the lumber. As you draw or pull the knife towards you, a thin layer of the tree’s bark shaves off. When the drawknife blade dulls, you can sharpen again with a metal file.
Straight Draw Knives
Timber Tuff Straight Draw Shave Tool with an 8″ inch cutting blade. The blade is 5 mm thick and boasts a 30° degree angle for quick work on your furniture logs.
Curved Draw Knives
A curved draw knife is nice to use as it helps you easily follow the curve of the log. The Timber Tuff Curved Draw Shave Tool has a 5″ curved cutting blade. 5mm thick blade with 30° degree cutting angle. Easily shave bark and wood away from logs or wood. The curved shave knife has wooden handles for a comfortable and secure hold.
Axe and Hatchet
The axe and hatchet both have a striking blade with a handle. The axe is for use with both hands and has a longer handle. The hatchet is smaller and lighter, so you can hold it in one hand. Both can chop down trees, clear branches, remove the bark, and chunk trees into smaller sections. Both are common log furniture tools.
An Adze is similar to an axe; however, the blade has an arch or curve to cut, trim, and shape logs. In addition, the adze blade has an angle from the handle, which allows for quick removal of wood as you are molding timber. Using an adze takes a little bit of practice but taking smaller swings aligned with the grain helps the job move along faster.
The Forged Woodworking Straight Adze weighs nearly 1.7 lbs. The Adze head weighs 1.4 lbs and has a comfortable grip wooden handle. Use the straight adze to quickly peel bark off logs or scaling logs. Also included in this adze is a claw hammer for striking and pulling out nails. A must have tool for woodworkers, carpenters, boat builders, and chair makers.
Another great log carving tools is the curved hand adze. The Felled Woodworking Curved Hand Adze has an 18″ inch wooden handle. The adze has a 6.5-inch axe head with a 5″ x 3″ inch long blade. The curved adze is excellent for carving concave shapes into logs and timber surfaces.
Bark Spuds are also practical tools when peeling or removing bark from timber. A bark spud has a rectangular metal edge with a slight curve attaching to a longer handle. You can push the spud between the bark and the tree’s cambium layer with a bark spud. As a result, separating the bark from the rest of the tree is a relatively easy step in the overall process of how to build log furniture process.
This is a 24″ inch bark spud capable of quickly scaling and peeling the bark off of logs. The Timber Tuff Bark Spud is 24″ inches long with a sturdy wood handle. The blade is 2-3/8″ inch heavy-duty reliable and durable steel blade. Weighing only 3 lbs makes this bark spud a reliable and convenient log furniture tool.
Cant Hook Log Furniture Tool
The Cant Hook or log roller is a must have tool to help you position and roll logs into place so you can start working them. Wood-Mizer is a well known log wood working tools company. Wood-Mizer produces portable sawmills and excellent log furniture tools like this cant hook tool. The Wood-Mizer Steel Cant Hook is 48″ inches long.
Portable Chainsaw Mill
A portable chainsaw mill leveraging the power of a chainsaw is a fine option for sizing down logs and shaping or preparing them to transform into log furniture. Use the steel and aluminum portable chainsaw mill for planking and milling logs. This is a tough tool to add to your collection of log furniture tools. This Chain Saw Mill works for up 36″ inch diameter logs.
Log Furniture Tools Final Thoughts
Log Furniture is simply amazing and a beautiful addition to the furniture in your cabin, home, or around your homestead. With the proper Log Furniture Tools you can make quick work of logs and easily transform logs into useable and comfortable furniture.
Use log furniture tools to make your own log furniture. Build a log bed frame or a log table for the kitchen. Shape outdoor chairs or outdoor seating using log furniture tools.
Rustic log furniture tools include straight and curved adze, axe, hatchets, bark spuds, log tenon cutters, cant hooks, sawmills, draw knifes, augers, forstner bits, and drills. Put these tools to use with your next log furniture project and log furniture plans.