Building with Log Posts, Images 17-20

Safe Plunge Cuts: Plunge cutting with a chain saw requires caution. If the top of the bar contacts anything while the chain is spinning, it will kick back at the operator, which could result in a serious injury. Start the cut with the bar at 45 degrees to the base of the log and the bottom of the bar tip contacting the wood.

While maintaining downward pressure to avoid kickback, slowly raise the saw as you push in.

Keep pushing down and inward, stopping the plunge when it's about 2 inches deeper than the height of the anchor.

The finished cut shouldn't be much higher than the width of the bar.

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