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  1. #1
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    wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Kids and me hung out in the shop this weekend

    Log splitter needed a catch table on the side - done deal. Bolts to the factory holes - drilled out to 1/2" though. (they were only 3/8")

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    But the motor was very exposed to dropped logs.

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    Problem solved (and added a little bling with some used aluminum)
    When the aluminum is unbolted the air filter cover opens for service.
    (aluminum mounting flanges are welded underneath)

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    Dave J.
    Last edited by MinnesotaDave; 07-15-2013 at 11:08 PM.
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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Another shot of the completed project.

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    And from the end (catch table is only about 2" past the tire - looks like more from this angle).

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    Excellent weekend with the kiddos

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    My oldest kiddo helped decide how to build the catch table and engine guard so he sent pics to his buddies.

    Best complement - "looks like that's how it should have come from the factory"

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    [QUOTE=Best complement - "looks like that's how it should have come from the factory"
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    Actually better. If they had done it, it would have a simple expanded metal cover (no bling) on the engine and only about 2 slats on the log tray.

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    I agree, it looks like it should have been built that way in the first place. Nice project!
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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Brilliant idea! A very functional and practical build. Great job!

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    I think it looks better without the "bling".
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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Thanks to all

    Any day in the shop with the kids is a good day


    Quote Originally Posted by chuckhole View Post
    Actually better. If they had done it, it would have a simple expanded metal cover (no bling) on the engine and only about 2 slats on the log tray.
    That's a good point, many things are built for low cost and are barely functional.


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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Couple pics of #1 son working with the "upgraded" wood splitter.
    (he rightly leaves the chainsaw work to me)

    Notice he is so focused on working he doesn't even see me taking pics - safety first !!
    He said the catch table really sped things up.

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    Notice how the wood ends up being held right over the motor? That plastic gas tank and filter cover were in danger....

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Looks good. that catch table is gonna save me some back strain, when I borrow it this fall.

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Good job Dave and kids!
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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Quote Originally Posted by melonhead View Post
    Looks good. that catch table is gonna save me some back strain, when I borrow it this fall.
    Brother rental special - machine is free but comes with a teenager at an hourly rate

    ....isn't fall a little late to prepare for winter? LOL


    Quote Originally Posted by weldermike View Post
    Good job Dave and kids!
    Thanks Mike

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    LOL Dave sounds like my brother too!
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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    [QUOTE=MinnesotaDave;2868151]

    ....isn't fall a little late to prepare for winter? LOL


    In the eighteen years I spent in Northern Minnesota (Northome area) it seemed that I was always preparing for winter year round. I never went out with out bringing something home to burn. I had cleared enough wood from county ditches to become an Honorary Koochiching County Employee. That old house we had would barley slow the wind down as it passed though.

    Nice job on the table and guard a very needed tool where you live.
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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Very nice on the additions to the splitter.
    If we had winters like yours and used ours as often, I might do the same.

    A side questions, how does the Honda "gc" motor run? And holding up
    I've read good and bad things about them. I'm thinking about buying one for my air compressor.
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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    Quote Originally Posted by 59halfstep View Post
    In the eighteen years I spent in Northern Minnesota (Northome area) it seemed that I was always preparing for winter year round. I never went out with out bringing something home to burn. I had cleared enough wood from county ditches to become an Honorary Koochiching County Employee. That old house we had would barley slow the wind down as it passed though.

    Nice job on the table and guard a very needed tool where you live.
    Thanks, man Northome is only 40 min from here (as I'm sure you remember).


    Quote Originally Posted by AMC724 View Post
    Very nice on the additions to the splitter.
    If we had winters like yours and used ours as often, I might do the same.

    A side questions, how does the Honda "gc" motor run? And holding up
    I've read good and bad things about them. I'm thinking about buying one for my air compressor.
    The Honda seems like a good motor. We use Stabil in it and it starts right up after winter storage. Plenty of power for the 2 stage hydraulic pump

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    I built something similar many years ago for our splitter and it has saved me many a back pain.
    Here is a picture of a tool that I never split wood without.

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    I bought a cheap but comfortable Harbor Freight screwdriver, cut the end off and rewelded at a little less than 90 degrees and cut grooves in the blade to give it more grip.
    This allows you to put the blade of the screwdriver into the split right at the wedge as soon as it starts and pull on it to break the piece free,SAFELY.With dry wood, the splitter only has to travel a few inches before you can separate most pieces from the log, saving wear and tear and gobs of cycle time.

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    Re: wood splitter log table and engine guard

    nice job.
    got to admit my happiest days in the shop are when kids are there as well.

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