Introduction: Tool Repurposing: Weed Whacker to Bush Knife
My friends and I were getting ready to go camping. We were going through everything we'd need and me being who I am suggested a machete. None of us had one nor did we really want to go out and get one because it didn't seem like something we needed, just something that might come in handy. So I was prowling through the house looking for some other things and found an old style weed whacker. Big ol serrated blade on a stick and set about converting it.
Either way a huge fan of Instructables, always looking for ideas but this is the first I've given back. Sorry about the general lack of pictures. I tend to get into the process and forget to document.
Step 1: What You Need
While this may seem very limited it is not contained to the exact tool I used, just any blade that could be repositioned to be more useful.
Bladed yard instrument
Gloves, or considerably more caution and skill than I used.
Bandaids if you did it the way I did until I found some heavy work gloves....
Step 2: Seperation
First thing I had to do was knock off the rivets holding the blade to its mount. Usually one would partake such an operation with a hacksaw or a dremel, even a grinder. I however found a log splitter and a hammer sufficient as in this case they only seemed to be aluminum. Few good hits and it was free.
Step 3: Adjustments
As it already had a long wooden handle I had no urge to go about forming and creating a new handle to house it. I simply trimmed down the handle that was previously attached to it and added a short cut up the center to wedge the blade into.
Step 4: Anchoring
This is the step I was most concerned with as several things could go horribly wrong. If the blade was loose it would shift as it was swung or in the worst case scenario detach completely. I looked through some spare hardware around and found two bolts that fit the holes as close as absolutely possible. Then I carefully drilled two holes to put the bolts through, making sure they were as spaced as close to the holes in the blade as possible. From there I slid the blade into place and tightened the bolts.
Step 5: Finished?
Of course this is simply a bare bones version. I plan on shaping the handle more as well as reinforcing how its anchored. Building a sheath for it and any number of small refinements that come to me as I go. Any decorative flair one has can be applied but personally I've been function over form. Happy trail blazing.