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20+ Homemade Log Splitters That Make Cutting Of Firewood Easy

A homemade log splitter will save you time, energy and money when it comes to cutting wood for use in a fireplace or wood heater. With the trend moving towards living a more sustainable lifestyle, many people are looking for alternative heating sources and wood is a primary source. Wood is sustainable, renewable, available and inexpensive. The biggest drawback to heating (or cooking) with wood is the amount of work needed to prepare a tree for use as heating fuel. Wood splitting tools makes the job easier, but when purchased from the store they can be expensive. Check out these ideas and plans for homemade firewood processors so you can build your own homemade wood splitter and save yourself a lot of time and money.

You may also like to check: diy log cabins, wood shed plans and homemade wood burning stoves.

1- Screw Homemade Log Splitter

A giant screw can turn large logs into fireplace sized logs quickly and easily with this homemade wood splitter design. If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, this is the ideal log splitter to own. The three-horse power motor make this DIY log splitter able to handle even the largest logs with ease.

This DIY project is simple and has several safety features that you will be building into the splitter. The motor that powers the large screw is activated by the push of a button, and it will quickly bore its way through a log.

This design also instructs you on how to place a safety switch on the machine for instant deactivation in case of an emergency.

Screw Homemade Log Splitter

2- Hydraulic DIY Wood Splitter

Keep your wood box full without a lot of effort with this DIY hydraulic system that will split wood with ease and help keep your home warm all winter.

DIY Wood Splitter

3- Small and Portable Log Splitter 

A homemade log splitter can be both powerful and small. And the portability of this log splitter plan makes this one a winner for anyone wishing to heat their home with wood.

Small And Portable DIY Wood Splitter

4- Homemade Log Splitter

Great photo tutorial for building your own log splitter. Detailed photos walk you through the process so you can have your own log splitter that will do the wood splitting for you. Small enough to be towed behind a vehicle so you can take this splitter to the wood where it is located instead of having to bring the logs to the splitter.

The less you have to handle the logs, the better it will be on your back. Retire your old axe and build this new diy wood splitter that will do the hard work of cutting wood for you.

Homemade Log Splitter

5- Cheap Homemade Log Splitter

These free plans will show you how to build a log splitter very cheaply. The splitter is solid and functional, but the parts to build it were free because they were recycled.

The motor is an old freight motor that is still in good shape, wheels and axle from an old garden trailer, recycled steel tubing and I-beams and those parts made up the main components of the DIY wood splitter. A few smaller, inexpensive components to put everything together may have to be purchased, but the total cost will be very cheap.

The end result is a functional log splitter that is small enough to fit into a garage or shed, yet powerful enough to split logs into usable fireplace wood.

Cheap Homemade Log Splitter

6- Thirty Ton Powerhouse

It’s easy to turn large trees into stacks of firewood with this 30-ton powerhouse homdmade log splitter. Follow this YouTube instructional video on how to build a log splitter so you can turn large trees into small pieces of wood ready for the fireplace.

30-Ton Powerhouse

7- Two-Way Homemade Log Splitter

Use these step-by-step instructions on how to make a log splitter and you’ll be able to build a powerful wood splitter that can cut both large and small pieces of wood quickly and easily.

Two-Way Homemade Log Splitter

8- No Lifting Wood Splitter

Here’s a diy wood splitter that will lift the wood for you and put it into place on the machine. Follow these detailed instructions for a DIY machine that will split your wood and save your back.

diy wood splitter

9- Unicorn DIY Log Splitter

This DIY log splitter takes a different approach to the task by using a sharp-ended auger style splitter instead of a blunt edge.

Unicorn DIY Log Splitter

10- Homemade Portability

Sometimes it’s easier to take the homemade log splitter to the wood instead of bringing the wood to the splitter. These DIY plans will enable you to build a strong and portable wood splitter very inexpensively.

homemade log splitter

11- Scrap Metal DIY Log Splitter

A little scrap metal laying around your home can be transformed into a homemade firewood processor with this simple building plan.

Scrap Metal DIY Log Splitter

12- Manual DIY Log Splitter

Easy to follow diagram will enable you to build this manual log splitter with very little out-of-pocket expense. This one requires some elbow grease to use, but still makes splitting wood a lot easier and quicker than just using an ax.

Manual DIY Log Splitter

13- Flywheel DIY Wood Splitter

Scrap parts and a little ingenuity created this flywheel wood splitter, and now you can build your own by following this instructional video.

Flywheel DIY Wood Splitter

14- Quick Working Homemade Log Splitter

Turn a pile of felled trees into neat stacks of ready-to-burn wood for the wood heater or fireplace in no-time with this quick working log splitter design.

Quick Working Homemade Log Splitter

15- Foot Power Design

This easy-to-build DIY log splitter does its work with foot power. Easy to build and easy to to use, just step down on the pedal to split the log.

Foot Power DIY Log Splitter

16- Recycled Car Parts

This DIY log splitter shows you how to recycle used car parts from a wrecked vehicle and transform them into a functional log splitter.

The rear axle from a small car is ideal to use for this DIY project, so are parts of the car frame. The steel can be shaped and welded into a sturdy frame for log splitter.

If you are tired of splitting wood with an axe and have access to a wrecked car, use these free log splitter plans to recycle those old car parts into a new homemade log splitter.

DIY log splitter

17- Hammer Homemade Log Splitter

This design is different, but just as effective for splitting firewood. This homemade log splitter does not have a motor and is operated manually.

These free plans will show you how to recycled old iron into a useful wood splitter. Even though it is operated by manpower, the design incorporates a heavy duty spring that does most of the work for you. This hammer splitter also gives you more flexibility in the size of wood you start with and end with. you can split even the widest log into small pieces of kindling wood.

When you’re done with the hammer splitter, it’s easy to put away.

18- Thirty Ton Log Splitter

If you need to split tough oak wood or large pieces of wood, then this 30 ton log splitter is for you.

This is not a build for a small time wood burner that only needs a half a cord of firewood each year, this is a big build for big wood.

An ideal homemade log splitter for someone who sells firewood and needs to split a lot of large logs into smaller logs. Also a great log splitter for a homesteader that cooks and heats with wood. This heavy duty homemade wood splitter can handle the toughest and biggest pieces of wood with ease. Make splitting lots of wood quick and easy with this DIY machine.

19- Scrap Metal Build Homemade Log Splitter

This YouTube video with show you how to build a 20 ton wood splitter from scrap metal. Cheap to build, keeps usable items out of the landfill and the splitter makes wood cutting a lot easier for you.

Don’t let the smaller size of the wood splitter fool you, it has a 20 ton motor that is capable of handling tough pieces of wood and splitting them with ease. The small size is ideal for storing or for taking into the woods for splitting wood on-site.

The small size also makes it quick to build, and by recycling scrap metal, the cost is almost nothing. Quick, easy, cheap, and effective, that’s a winning combination in any DIY project.

20- Take Your Pick For These Several Homemade Log Splitter Plans

This YouTube video shows several homemade log splitting designs and how they work. With many styles, size and designs, you can take your pick of the one that will work best for your log splitting needs.

This YouTube video and following comments will also point out some design flaws in some of the wood splitters. Along with the flaws there are also comments of ways to make the log splitters more effective. It’s always good to have feedback on designs so fewer mistakes will be made when you build your own homemade log splitter.

Safety must come first when building a log splitter and this very informative video and following comments will point out features that need to be improved on some of these log splitters. Making wood chopping easier and quicker is the goal of building your own homemade log splitter, but no one wants to lose a hand or arm in the wood splitting process.

This YouTube video is worth watching regardless of which design you choose to build. It will point out things you may not have considered and safety features you may want to incorporate into your DIY build.

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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