Log Splitter Table Grate: A Little Ingenuity Saves Lots of Money


Red Pine Mountain logoGrate or grater, what’s the difference? Ah, but I was soon to learn one had nothing to do with eating when Mountain Man announced one morning, “I really need a table grate.”

“Why?” I asked. “Our grater is working just fine.” Visions of parmesan cheese atop mounds of Mountain Man’s homemade spaghetti sauce started to float through my head. Yum, now I was hungry.

“No, not a grater. A grate. For the log splitter. It’s a platform for the logs, so I don’t have to keep on bending over and picking them up to run the big logs back through.”

“Oh.” Now that I knew I wasn’t going to experience a new gastronomic delight, my attention span immediately ran out.

“Well, never mind. They are too expensive.” Mountain Man sighed as he perused catalogs and web sites. And when I saw the prices of the graters I sure agreed they cost too much after just paying a king’s ransom for a new tractor tire. No way a table grater or grate or whatever-the-heck-it’s-called was in our budget.

But wood is fundamental to our existence here on Red Pine Mountain and firewood not only keeps us warm all winter, we also sell it, and it comprises an important part of our income. We had purchased a fantastic log splitter a couple of years ago, but we couldn’t afford the grate at the time, but Mountain Man, well, he’s not getting any younger (shh, don’t tell him I said that) and bending over and picking up huge logs was starting to wreak havoc with his back.

Mountain Woman
5/28/2010 5:26:02 AM

Hi Oz Girl, It's really wonderful to reuse everything and to try to save money through ingenuity. Here Mountain Man has all the ingenuity and I just watch amazed. I think it's so wonderful your Oz Man (is that the right way to say it) is so creative. Thanks for the visit.

Oz Girl
5/27/2010 8:21:27 PM

As a city girl, I'm always amazed at how ingenuous my hubby can be... I think he could join the MM and FM club, LOL. He loves using castaways to make useful items. He's also a problem solver extraordinaire... sometimes to the degree that I feel s.t.u.p.i.d. Oh wow, what a great idea honey, why didn't I think of that??! LOL Great post, and loved the pics of MM making his grate and getting it into position. :)

Mountain Woman
5/20/2010 2:02:49 PM

Thanks Pam. I know MM and FM would be great friends if they were to meet. He is always building something or fixing broken things because we have to stretch a dollar. Thanks for visiting!!!

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