How to Build a Lego(R) Chainsaw

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Introduction: How to Build a Lego(R) Chainsaw

About: I'm an experimentalist, a scientist and I have a tendency to do things just for the sake of doing them, or to find out what they're like. I love life, show me something I can feel good about. I've got an ...

Having seen a 'chainsaw' instructable which was not a chainsaw, I started thinking. I had some Lego bits, including:

A motor (4.5v)
Some gear wheels
Some chain links
And some other general bits.

These parts are required, as pictured.

The tricky part was the saw teeth...

Step 1: Saw Teeth

These are the most tricky part, which is why I started on them first.

If you examine Lego chain-links, you will see that they interlock with pins spaced 6.5mm apart. There's enough clearence to get something very thin between the joints to be fixed on the same pins:

Aluminium beer-can, easily cut with scissors & sharp knives (do be careful).

Tools:
A hammer
A knife blade
A piece of stiff wire (from an umbrella)
A picture nail
An abrasive stick (coarse corundum, probably)
A piece of wood

Please view the pictures for the method.

Step 2: Fitting the Teeth

It's best that you work this out as you do this.
Mount one tooth on one pin of a chain link, and secure it by clipping another link over the top.
Then mount the other hole on the tooth on a third link, and clip it to the first, securing the tooth.
(If anyone gets this far, and I doubt it, they'll work it out)

Step 3: And the Rest

I'm not going into details, this part is relatively easy.
The pictures should give you enough information.
I started with a direct-drive from the motor pinion, but later geared-down (intro picture). However, direct-drive off the motor works best.

Step 4: Action

Some paper was shredded, but there was some slippage where the steel motor-shaft should grip the black plastic pinion.
Weedy, but concept proven.

Some glue on the motor pinion and this was pretty effective on broccoli.
Success!

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    That would be awesome! especially if they were made autonomous using lego mindstorms.

    Took you a while to find it! (where's this ball-mill you were going to do?)

    L

    its oing to be delayed as i was tublining stones and i didnt clear out the silicon carbide very good so it set in the bottom but ill clean it now somehow

    It's clagged-up with silicon-carbide? Post a question, that'd be an original one.

    L

    well its dry now so ill probaly be able to chisel it out

    Old thread but i ended up scrapping all designs and proto types as it made hella lot of noise so i had to run it outside in the shed,there was a leak in the roof and it messed up the motor

    LOL.... That looks familiar.... Where is that from?

    uhh... resident evil, if i'm not mistaken.

    resident evil 4 in chapter 1 and 2

    hehe, Auto Emo. So have to make one, its perfect for todays Emo on the go.

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    i never thought of that...

    L

    Haha love it. The fact it works on broccoli is just an added bonus! Another miraculous and semi-useful/very useful 'ible. :-)