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The Conventional Bottom or Undercut

  The undercut is the second of two cuts that result in a conventional notch. The notch is made on the side of the tree facing the direction that you want it to fall.
 
The Correct Cut
 
1. Starting Point
Cut horizontally from the bottom of the top cut.
 
  Diagram of Correct Cut Diagram of Cross-section
2. Angle of Attack
Important -- cut horizontally with no angle.
 
3. Ending Point
Very important -- stop when the cut reaches the end point of the top cut. Ideally, you have created a 45 degree notch opening.

Common Incorrect Cut
 
Commom Incorrect Cut - The ending point of the under cut doesn't meet the endpoint of the first cut resulting in a Dutchman notch. Here the ending point of the under cut doesn't meet the endpoint
of the first cut . . .
Arrow . . . resulting in a Dutchman notch.
 


 
   
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