Introduction: Custom Saw Blade Handle Made With Moldable Plastic

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For this Intractable, I turned to my Dad for inspiration and implementation. Last week I bought some InstaMorph moldable plastic on Amazon and have been searching for things to make with it. I made a couple of cute functional art things with it, but gave the rest to my dad to see if he had any ideas. Immediately he came up with this one. Apparently he had been waiting to do something with this saw blade he had lying around and was going to fashion something out of wood. He tried InstaMorph instead and was pretty happy with the results. The rest are in his words. :

Step 1: Find a Saw Blade or Tool Missing a Handle

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I trim my trees with a tree limb saw on a long pole. Once in a while I can reach a branch or I am on a ladder and I wanted the same saw blade in a “hand-held” model. I had an extra saw blade, so I thought I would use InstaMorph to make a new handle for the blade.

Step 2: Shape Basic Handle Shape

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So I poured a bunch of InstaMorph in some hot water until it turned clear. I pulled it out with some kitchen tongs and formed a rough saw blade handle that was approximately what I wanted. It fit my hand pretty well and matched some of the other handles that I like on other tools that I have.

Step 3: Cut Slot for Blade and Hole for Screw

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Once the basic form was set, I took the handle out to my band say and cut a slot for the blade.

Since this type of plastic becomes moldable at higher temperatures, I made sure to go slow here so it didn’t become too soft as I was cutting the slot for the blade. I then went to the drill press to drill a screw hole to attach the blade to my new handle. The same concern here for being careful when drilling the hole. I didn’t have problems with either situation, but wanted to point them out as it is a unique property of the material.

Step 4: Attach Blade and Add Final Shape to Handle

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As you can see, it was pretty easy and it worked out really well.

In the first step I was mostly concerned with the overall handle shape. To make sure the handle was comfortable to use, I re-heated the handle one more time in some hot water just until the outside became soft and slightly squeezed it. This left a custom imprint in the material which fits the contours of my hand exactly. This allows me to get a really great grip on the handle without a lot of strain on my hand.

So, for the cost of a couple of dollars worth of InstaMorph, I have a saw handle the is a perfect fit to my hand, and allows me to trim all those low branches. Problem solved!

If you want to buy some InstaMorph and try this yourself on a tool lying around the house, order it off their website at http://www.InstaMorph.com or just search “instamorph” on Amazon.

Comments

ccreswell (author)2013-11-15

Is it strong?? Please answer!

HobbitComedian (author)ccreswell2013-11-15

It's very strong! My only complain is that it's a bit slick if my hands start sweating.

NJOlson (author)HobbitComedian2015-05-26

You could always use a spray on rubber or like product to help with the slipperiness.

ccreswell (author)HobbitComedian2013-11-15

Did you know the plastic pellets in beanie Babies can be melted into various things? it's not the same plastic you used here.

shooby (author)2010-07-09

I like a wooden handle's ability to absorb sweat, especially with a saw used largely outdoors. I've never handled this plastic, it looks very waxy.

pfred2 (author)shooby2011-06-15

You should like this handle I made then:

http://img541.imageshack.us/img541/6763/sawh.jpg

It looks nicer since I put a finish on it. But I never took a new picture of it.

Phil B (author)2010-07-07


I made a replacement handle out of necessity when a weak plastic handle for a keyhole saw broke.  But, I used steel.  See the Instructable at the link.  Then I went to stores looking for more keyhole saw blades and found they are now nearly non-existent, so I did an Instructable on adapting blades from an electric reciprocating saw, since I already had the saw handle.  But, yours is much more attractive to the eye.

HobbitComedian (author)Phil B2010-07-07

Ya I saw yours as they are both side links off of this one. Great pictures on those by the way.

Phil B (author)HobbitComedian2010-07-08

You are way ahead of me. I saw that one of mine was in the related Instructables sidebar, but did not see the first one. Thanks for the comment about the photos.

dchall8 (author)2010-07-07

I needed this Instructable 3 weeks ago. I ended up buying a new saw. I might add that the new saw (Corona brand from Lowe's) is 10x sharper and faster than the old saw, so that's a good thing.

HobbitComedian (author)dchall82010-07-07

Oh man! Well sounds like the new one is working out for you. Good deal. :-)

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