Scarf Saddle Boards

By Ronn Hann (reprinted from spring 2006 newsletter)

Using this layout, tool uniform scarfs are marked on the wall logs when rough scribing. The log is then brought down from the wall and all notching and scarfing is done on the ground

scarf saddle board

Ronn Hann's Scarf Saddle Board

The saddle boards are made from two scraps of 3/8” thick pine 5”-6” wide and about 12” longer than the largest diameter log I use on the project. I bandsaw or jigsaw cut the two scarf shaped boards and fasten them together with 1-1/2” wide strips of inner tube stapled to the boards. In use, the 2 pieces hang over the log with about a 4” gap between them. A saw cut center line nick acts as a gun site to line up the saddle board with the center line of the log below before marking with a pencil or pen. When cutting the scarfs try to maintain at least a four inch width on top. This makes scribing the next round easier because you don’t usually dip down onto the scarf of the log below when scribing. Notching the next log on the wall is easier because you can plunge cut out the bottom of the notch. Mini pro bars on your chainsaw are made about 2-½” wide and do that job nicely.

Several of these super saddle boards will be used in this year’s pre-conference project and will be offered for sale in the annual fundraiser auction.


Join GLLCA for more support and tips from a network of experienced log builders!

About gllca

The Great Lakes Log Crafters Association is chartered as a non-profit organization in the State of Wisconsin, USA. The Board President, Board Members, and Officers are elected by the general membership and serve as stewards for running the association
This entry was posted in Log Building Tips, Ronn Hann, Techniques, Tools and Jigs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s