Introduction: Saw Handle for Tree Pruner

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Adapt a tree-pruner so it can be used as a handsaw.

Step 1: Tree Pruner Is a Little Too Long

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Like about eight feet too long. It's great for getting at high branches, but I have some overgrown shrubs with quite thick branches which need reduced. The branches are too close together to allow easy access for a bow saw or even a handsaw.

To adapt the blade from the pruner to hand-held use, you will need:-


Tenon saw
Sandpaper (say about 120 grit)
Hand drill
4mm bit (about 3/16 inch)
7mm bit (about 9/32 inch)
Small spanner


Thick dowel about 32mm (inch and a quarter)
Danish oil or other finish
Two M6 bolts with washers and nuts

Step 2: Remove the Blade From the Pruner

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Pretty simply done by unscrewing the wing-nut, but just in case it wasn't clear.

Step 3: Measuring the Handle

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I couldn't be bothered doing that, so I just grabbed the dowel and cut a reasonable chunk. I think it ended up at about six inches (150mm).

Step 4: Making the Slot for the Blade

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First, I sanded off the outside of the dowel. It wasn't great quality, so this gave a much nicer finish. Holding the paper at each end and "towelling" gave a great finish really quickly.

Then I made the slit of the blade to inhabit.

Once I had that cut most of the way, I could align the drill by eye to put a 4mm hole through to reduce the chance of the wood splitting. Then I took the cut down to meet the hole.

Step 5: Making the Bolt Holes

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I offered the blade to the handle, making sure that the cut was horizontal, then marked where the bolt holes needed to be.

Then I drilled the bolt holes (carefully). If you have a drill press, you'll be able to drill all the holes for this project much more accurately. Oversizing the bolt holes gave me the margin to do this quick-and-dirty.

Do a test-assembly to make sure everything is right before finishing.

Step 6: Finishing

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I used Danish Oil to give an OK finish to what is going to be a well-used tool.

I hooked one of the screw holes over a bit of wire to allow me to brush all over.

Finally, all assembled. Looks good, feels comfortable, and I'll be using it later today if the weather brightens up.


sammyscrammy made it! (author)2016-11-06

In my case the pole was too short so I decided to climb the tree and cut. The holes in my blade were lined up perpendicular to the length of the blade and were too far apart to use a closet rod for the handle. Instead I found a scrap of 3/4" plywood that was about right.. I just used the pole saw blade to cut a kerf down the center ply on one end. Then I used a coping saw to cut a handle shape into it. While I was using it, I realized I should have filed the corners round first.. I'll fix that later, but for today it got the job done.

Alex in NZ (author)sammyscrammy2016-11-07

That's awesome! Well done. I totally love the "for today it got the job done." The feeling of achievement that comes through your comment is so uplifting.

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