Evil Dead 2 is one of my favorite movies of all-time; one that I may have bought more times than even Star Wars. (I own it on Betamax!) My wife even took me to the site of the original Evil Dead cabin near her home in Tennessee. Here's your chance to make your own Witch Carver - groovy.

The original prop was based on an actual Homelite chainsaw that was heavily modified and cast in plastic and rubber so Bruce could fit his hand inside and use it safely. I tried to duplicate key aspects of the original for my first version, which required some light metal work for the top piece and 3D printing the distinctive side-grill. For the version I’m presenting here, I’ve simplified the parts and process while still producing a killer chainsaw. This version still uses some 3D printed parts and the rest can be found at a good hardware store. If you don't have access to a 3D printer, some alternatives are discussed.

I have 3D printed grills and full chainsaws available on my Etsy store.

Step 1: Parts & Tools



  • 28 - 32G steel wire or similar
  • Epoxy, E6000 glue or similar
  • Superglue
  • Spray primer for plastics
  • Red spray paint for plastics - recommend Krylon Fusion Sundried Tomato
  • Black spray paint for plastics
  • Silver spray paint for plastics
  • Black shoe polish - paste type (for weathering)
  • Threadlocker (optional)
  • Dark wood stain (optional) (for pull handle)
  • Fake blood (optional)
  • Disposable gloves (optional)


  • Drill
  • Drill bits - regular & spade - brad & step bit (optional)
  • Jigsaw or bandsaw
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharpie
  • Razor knife/box cutter
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Ruler
  • Center punch
  • Awl / ice pick
  • Hemostats (optional)
<p>Thank you Countspatula! It was fun build. Everyone said how in the world and I said I'd be lost without Instructables.com and your How To. Thanks!! </p>
I decided that I wanted to go as Ash for my 80's movies themed 30th birthday party. This was a really fun build. Unfortunately I'm restricted as far as materials go but I still am really happy with how it turned out. The only major change I made was that I used a metal coat hook as the handle as it seemed to be the right shape.
<p>Awesome design! I'm working on mine right now! Quick question: Did you take the label off the Arizona jug or just paint over it? I got an Arizona Green Tea jug and can't get the label off (it's a weird sort of foil).</p>
<p>Ugh, yeah - tried it once and was terrible to remove. Just leave it on - that's why I recommend using a primer first.</p>
Very inspiring build. I made my own version. With no gallon bottles in Japan I had to work with a square shaped oil plastic can.
Very nice! Addition of the top handle is always a nice touch.
great instructable!<br>mine isn't as nice with a cobbled together cheap grill but I'm happy. <br>one thing i did to strengthen the black handle was add washers then pour some resin into the inside corner so there was a puddle sicking to the wall and the part of the handle inside the body. bomber now!
thanks man! so much fun!
<p>I'm trying to get all the pieces together to make this! wish there was a video tutorial to show off each piece individually! great tutorial!</p>
<p>I see that you are also a filmmaker. If you get a chance, it would be cool to throw together a movie accurate montage of your construction followed by... of course... &quot;groovy&quot; - one of my favorite scenes.</p>
<p>I've always wanted to build an Ash chainsaw, and this looks like an excellent way to make one. I may have to start gathering pieces and try to build my own sometime.</p>
<p>sweet i thought it was a real chainsaw at first</p>
<p>That's nice. The only downside is that step 0 seems to be &quot;buy a 3D printer&quot;. Though I bet you can find something at the hardware store that looks like those parts.</p>
<p>Also, the author sells the parts on his etsy store :)</p>
<p>If you ask in some of the 3D printer groups on facebook, I'm sure you'd find someone who would print them for you. If you were in NZ I'd print them for you for free.</p>
<p>That is damn cool. This is the best DIY prop yet I have seen. Love your work and this site.</p>
gotta make this I jokingly tell people I named my son ash because of this movie..can't wait til he's old enough to watch with me <br>
<p>best low cost prop I think I have ever seen! wow awesome job!</p>
<p>Epic build, watched the Evil Deads this weekend!!</p><p>Groovy!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>Yeah Sean! Nice write-up and a smart design. That's S-Mart. Voted!</p>
Nice work!
<p>Very Cool, one of my very favorite movies too! I love the creative construction.</p>
<p>By the way, your daughter scares me! :)</p>
<p>Hi, I have some of your images in my instructable's image library, I don't know how this happened. Just wondering if you have seen anything weird happening to your library as well?</p>
<p>Weird! Did you engage the Infinite Improbability Drive?</p><p> Yesterday I did have a period where all my pix disappeared and I was getting what looked like generic clip art fill-ins. I would report it to the admin.</p>
I didn't even. <br>I've sent them an email
<p>wow!</p><p>I would never have thought of using a iced tea jug for that great job!</p>
<p>That's how the whole thing started. Bought some apple juice, throwing out jug and went hmmmmm....</p>
u got my vote man!!!
this is sooooooo awwwssssooommmeeee!!!!!!!!

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Bio: Sean was the Head Repair Tech for NYU Film & TV for 12 years. He still loves film cameras and old tech for their mechanical design ... More »
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