Pocket Chainsaw

HACK: Carry A Pocket Chainsaw For Cutting Firewood


Just about any camping trip requires that you have something to cut firewood with, but not everybody wants to lug around a full sized saw or even a hatchet.  If you’re trying to minimize the amount of bulky stuff you have to take with you on your next trip, try making a pocket chainsaw.

Yes, we’re serious.

You’ll need:

  • a chainsaw replacement blade
  • safety glasses (you’ll be cutting the blade, so, YES, you need these!!)
  • a metal saw
  • an old garden hose
  • gorilla glue
  • duct tape
  • chop saw

Cut through the blade with the metal saw.  This will probably be the hardest part, since it’s a little dangerous.  Use safety glasses!  If you poke your eye out because you didn’t have them on, it’s not my fault.

Cut the garden hose with the chop saw.  It doesn’t matter what length you cut it, as long as it fits comfortably in your hands and won’t get them get too close to the blade.

Gorilla glue sets best on surfaces that are wet, so wet the hose pieces and shake off any excess water that remains.  Douse the chain in blue, then put the hoses on both ends of the chain.  If you want cool looking handles, use colored or patterned duct tape.  You might want to even use an orange duct tape to give it a “safety” look and make it easier to find.  The last thing you want to do is drop it in your tent and step on it barefooted in the middle of the night  Or you could go with what the original author of the tutorial on Instructables did and use camo duct tape to make it a little more manly.

Good luck finding it if you drop it anywhere in the woods with that color, though.

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