The Amazing Prototool

About: I like old stuff and am a bit of a dieselpunk, but don't like to overdo it. I'm a boy scout.

Me and a few friends were camping a few weeks ago and needed a lot of wood for our campfire. We needed something to gather lots of big wood. Having only a few pocketknives among us, we designed a tool that could that could knock down good-sized dead trees with little effort. Thus, the Prototool was born.

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Step 1: Materials

The hardest part is finding a proper branch. The bark should be light grey with dark grey spots. It is known as Ironwood and is extremely strong. In addition, you will also need the materials in the picture, about 5 feet of paracord and a few small nails.

Toolwise you will need a ball peen hammer, a saw, a file, and a cordless drill.

Step 2: The Handle (optional)

Cut out a narrow strip of the soda can and nail it around the bottom as shown in the picture. Drill 2 holes about 6 inches apart, tie an overhand knot in the end of the paracord and thread it through the hole. Start wrapping around with the tail underneath the wrappings. After you thread the running end through the hole , tuck it under the previous wrappings, trim it, and use a lighter to melt it in place.

Step 3: Attachments

File down the stake until it is about 2 inches tall. After you are done, hammer it into the middle of the stick. This will be your tent peg remover. Next, screw in the eye bolt and file down the end so it looks like the picture.

Step 4: Head

You could simply fire-harden the point like I did, or put a chunk of soda can on the tip and nail it down. I tried both. This end can be used for all sorts of things including but not limited to: an axe, a pickaxe, a garden hoe, a shovel, a lever, an ice chipper and other stuff.

Step 5: Improvments

If you have any ideas, just comment.

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    5 years ago

    How dose one take a tree down with that? I struggle to see what this does.

    1 reply

    You would take a rotting, dead tree and beat the bottom, then use the hook to pull it down. You could also add a nail to the inside of the hook to make it into a bottle opener.


    5 years ago

    Awesome instructable! I like how it's got an old-school/improvised feel to it. Very sweet. :)