@mggibb and others, Here are some pictures of my chopping block that I use with my small hand splitting mal. The mal is a old roofing hatchet with the blade ground down making more blunt with 30* plus edge on it. I think the hatchet is as old as I am, except the handle has been glued and duct taped. I'm getting to that point. At least I feel that way sometimes.
The sides keep the wood from fly off when you chop it . The small pieces fall through the bottom at the sides though the gap. It has increased my chopping speed by by 4 chops to my one with out the sides on the chopping block.
Make one, you might like it.
My next one is going to be a bigger and higher, round chopping block.
It's about time to make a new chopping block, I have put a lot of chops to it, so I can Drive On Wood.