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Making a Mini Karambit

Making a Mini Karambit

Karambits are known for their distinctive claw shape. Metalsmith Koss took advantage of the circular shape of a miniature saw blade and transformed it into a tiny, razor-sharp version of the unusual Indonesian weapon.

Drill-Powered Circular Saw

Drill-Powered Circular Saw

At the end of the day, most power tools require one consistent element – a motor. In this video from KJDOT, they show how they redirected a drill’s rotational energy 90-degrees to create a compact circular saw. We imagine there’s some drivetrain loss here, but it still seems to get the job done.

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LEGO Technic Table Saw

LEGO Technic Table Saw

It’s possible to make saw blades out of materials other than metal. GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines not only built a saw blade out of LEGO Technic parts, but an entire working table saw. It uses 14 motors to cut through objects and is definitely not something you’d want to stick your finger into. Here it is using a skinnier blade.

DIY Saw Blade Experiments

DIY Saw Blade Experiments

When you buy saw blades from the hardware store, you can expect them to be made from steel. But maker Ivan Miranda wanted to see if it would be possible to make his own saw blades from other materials. He tested out a few designs using 3D-printed plastic and laser-cut aluminum with some very mixed results.

Sven Saw Camping Saw

Sven Saw Camping Saw
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This smartly designed all-metal bow saw is perfect for clearing thick branches or cutting firewood while camping. It folds up to fit in your pack, with its blade safely tucked away inside when not in use. Available in 15″ and 21″ sizes. The smaller model weighs just over 11 oz. while the larger one weighs less than 14 oz.

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Saw

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Saw
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Weighing less than 15 pounds, Rockwell’s tabletop power saw is light enough to carry between workspaces. It makes quick work of wood, tile, plastics, and metal, and makes curves, cross, rip, and miter cuts. We recommend ponying up the extra few bucks and grabbing the version with the 10-blade set.

Worx Axis Convertible Saw

Worx Axis Convertible Saw
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This versatile power saw has a pivoting head, which allows it to convert from a jigsaw into a reciprocating saw in seconds. It’s has a built-in dust blower to keep your cut line clean, and it uses a 20V battery pack for cordless operation. Available with or without a battery pack if you have other Worx Power Share tools.

Saw Blade Cannon

Saw Blade Cannon

Anni and Lauri of the Hydraulic Press and Beyond the Press Channels show of one of their deadliest creations, an air-powered launcher that can fling a circular saw blade at breakneck speeds. The sound it makes is both satisfying and terrifying.

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II
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Gerber’s versatile tool combines two useful functions in one. It looks like a regular axe, but its grippy handle conceals a saw which is held in place magnetically when not in use. It’s a great way to save space when packing for camping trips. Plus, its steel axe head and elongated, glass-filled nylon handle provide great striking force.

Making a Double-bladed Saw

Making a Double-bladed Saw

The Q typically spends his time building things that aren’t particularly useful. But this time out, he came up with a design for a saw that can cut through tree limbs twice as fast as usual. The saw uses a pair of blades and a spring to clamp down against the wood to double cutting speed.

Table Saw Cake Cutter

Table Saw Cake Cutter
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Do you like your birthday cake with lots of layers? Then you need a proper tool to cut through all that cake and icing. Fred’s handsaw-shaped cake cutter should do the trick quite nicely while adding a fun new item to your kitchen toolbox. Its gently-serrated edge also makes quick work of heads of lettuce.

Pizza Boss 3000

Pizza Boss 3000
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Resembling a miniature circular saw, Fred’s Pizza Boss 3000 makes quick work of pepperoni, cheese, and crust. It features a contoured grip, engineering-grade plastics, and a laser-etched stainless steel blade to ensure clean cuts.

DIY Firewood Processing Machine

DIY Firewood Processing Machine

Donn DIY and his family used to cut, split, and stack all of their firewood by hand. As necessity is the mother of invention, he built a series of rigs which help automate much of the process, making it faster and more efficient, with much less back-breaking work. You check out all of the detailed build videos here.

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M1 Caliber Measurement Tool

M1 Caliber Measurement Tool

Reekon’s gadget makes measuring wood and other stock goods more accurate and more convenient than ever. It attaches to most saw fences and displays the exact cut length as you slide stock through its roller arm, positioning them without the need for marking. It works in metric and imperial units with an accuracy of +/- 0.5mm.

Dremel US20V Cordless Ultra Saw

Dremel US20V Cordless Ultra Saw

The versatile Dremel Ultra Saw is one of our go-to power tools. Now it comes in a cordless version, so you can use it anywhere. It runs on a rechargeable 20V battery pack and can make quick and easy cuts through wood, metal, PVC, masonry, tile, and more. It can even do plunge cuts in the middle of materials.

Pocket Chainsaw

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This portable hand tool uses human power to slice quickly through tree limbs, cutting through a 3-inch branch in as little as 15 seconds. Its flexibility means you can get it into places that a conventional chainsaw won’t reach, requires no fuel, emits no harmful exhaust, and packs up small. Save 23% in The Awesomer Shop.

Rockwell VersaCut Circular Saw

Rockwell VersaCut Circular Saw

This compact handheld power tool makes quick work of metal, wood, PVC, concrete, and even tile. Plus, its handy laser guide helps make sure you make straight cuts. It’s light enough to guide up a wall, can slice through 2″ boards, and can even make plunge cuts in the middle of sheet goods.

Tiny Table Saw

Tiny Table Saw

A table saw is one of the most useful tools in the shop when it comes to cutting long pieces of wood. Maker KJDOT decided to see if he could build a working model of one in miniature, and the result is impressive enough that we’d love one for our workbench. It turns out that MicroMark sells something similar, but it’s very pricey.

WORX Axis Saw

WORX Axis Saw
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This versatile power tool from WORX doubles as a jig saw and reciprocating saw, and also works great in the yard to cut and prune branches. It’s got a built in blower to clear sawdust from the blade, and is powered by a 20V lithium-ion battery, so it works anywhere.

Bosch EasyCut 12 Nano Chainsaw

Bosch EasyCut 12 Nano Chainsaw
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This battery-operated handheld power tool features a teensy working chainsaw at its end, making quick work of rough cuts through branches up to about 3″ thick. It uses a replaceable “Nano Blade” and can easily make right-angle and straight cuts.

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LivWild Pocket Chainsaw

LivWild Pocket Chainsaw
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This 26″ pocket saw has 3 times as many teeth as similar saws, and they work bidirectionally, making quick work of cutting branches and logs. It’s a must for your survival kit if you spend any time in the woods. Includes a pouch, a bonus mylar blanket, and survival guidebook.

Gerber Compact Clearpath Machete

Gerber Compact Clearpath Machete
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Gerber’s most portable tool for clearing overgrown paths, the Compact Clearpath has both a smooth edge for hacking brush and vines, and a crosscut saw blade for getting through thicker limbs and branches. Measures 17.3″ overall, and has an 11″ blade.

Cutting with Paper

Cutting with Paper

If you’ve ever gotten a paper cut, you know how sharp the edge of a sheet of the stuff can actually be. The Q shows us how rapidly spinning a disc of paper on an angle grinder can turn it into a circular saw. Needless to say, keep all fingers and toes away from this thing.

Camtrax Hatchet/Saw/Hammer

Camtrax Hatchet/Saw/Hammer
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The perfect multipurpose tool for yard work and outdoor living. This 3-in-1 tool combines an axe, a 7″ serrated blade folding saw, and a hammer. The 12″ tool is made from titanium stainless steel, and has a sturdy glass-filled nylon handle. The included sheath also packs a bottle opener.

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