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Having a lot of branch wood, from 1/2in. to 1 in. in diameter, to saw, and not wishing to bother with a sawbuck, I rigged up a chopping block, as shown in the sketch, by fastening a piece of board to one side of the block with small lag screws. The piece to be sawed was laid across the block in the notch. If the piece is held down on the block with one foot, the wood is very easily sawn.-Contributed by Wilfred B. Sylvester, Reading, Mass.
Ill: The Notched Board Fastened to the Chopping Block Turns It into a Sawbuck