The Shredder - a Costuming Tool

Introduction: The Shredder - a Costuming Tool

About: I am a maker and a jack of all trades. What I do not know how to do, I have a desire to learn. Growing up with the works of Jules Verne and the fantastical, I have been raised with the mindset that the onl...

Greetings and salutations! This will be my first Instrucable, so here we go. I am mr.phikset and I am going to be presenting to you the first in a series of Instructables having to do with costuming. To get things started, we need to gather some tools. Many tools are already in your workshops, tool boxes, what have you. In this case we will be making a tool that will be used in later Instructables. But we mustn't forget your most important tool; your mind. Here is the disclaimer folks. You will be working with sharp objects and chemicals which may or may not be known to the state of California to cause or contribute to cancer or other maladies. That being said, use common sense, be careful, and pay attention to what you are doing.let's try to keep it mainly to sweat and tears put into our projects, shall we?

So what is the shredder? It is a tool for brutal yet controlled destruction of garments, props, or anything else that you might want scarred up, torn up, and generally beat up. No, not your annoying little sibling. This is a tool for creative destruction and as such must be handled with care as it is sharp and potentially hazardous.

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Step 1: Step 1, Gather Materials!

MATERIALS: What do we need???

* Multi size modular hole saw

* JB Weld (or other high strength 2 part glue)

* Acetone or denatured alcohol

* Sandpaper - coarse grit

* Rag or paper towel

* File handle (This is optional, but really handy!)

The total cost of materials for this tool is about $8 assuming that you already have some of the basics of the workshop like sandpaper and acetone.

Step 2: Prep Work

Getting started here, you will want to open up your packages and disassemble the hole saw. This is a modular hole saw with interlocking blades of various sizes. Normally you would only use one blade at a time. But then again, normally you would be using this in a drill too. This is a good chance to inspect the pieces and get acquainted with your soon to be new friend. Once introductions have been made, take the acetone or denatured alcohol to the pieces to remove that factory grease. This is an important step here as any grease left on the tool pieces will interfere with the proper adhesion of the glue.

Step 3: Flip It Around or Take It Off

Up next, we work on the heart of your tool. The base has a central drill bit installed in it with a set screw. Loosen this screw and either remove the bit entirely if you want to use the shredder like a puck or brush where you hold it by the base itself. I decided that I want some more power behind the tool, so I opted to instead turn the bit around so that I have a handle to grip. Holding onto a drill bit by the pointy end is not particularly comfortable, so I am using the bit as a tang for a better handle.

Step 4: Slather It on and Fill 'er Up

Mix up a fair amount of JB Weld (my favored 2 part glue when it comes to something that will get used and abused) as there is a fair amount of room between the drill bit tang and the inside walls of the handle. Slather it on the bit and carefully fill the void of the handle with it. The twist of the bit will give plenty of surface area to really hold it together once cured.

Step 5: Stick It In

Once you have the handle and the base thoroughly coated, stick them together, being sure to wipe off the excess glue that squishes out.

Step 6: Ooh, Shiny

While you are waiting for the glue to set, take this time to prep the blades. The acetone or denatured alcohol will remove the bulk of the factory grease pretty readily, but it is always good to be thorough. Take the coarse sandpaper to the bottom edge of the blades, both inside and out. It is fine if you gouge up the metal a bit as this will give more tooth for the glue to hold on to.

Step 7: Putting It All Together

The last step is to put all of the blades into the base. Mix up a sizable batch of the JB Weld and slather it into the grooves of the base. Do not be afraid of using too much as this tool will be beat on pretty hard in the process of beating on your props and costumes. Once the glue has been applied, start with the smallest blade and insert it into the base, twisting and locking in it into place. Keep doing this working your way out to the largest one. Once they are all in place, wipe off the excess from the outside and set it aside to set and cure. I would suggest leaving it for 24 hours at least before digging in with your new tool.

Step 8: Shredding!

Ok, by popular demand, here is a picture showing what exactly this tool does. The results shown here are just a few light passes and a couple harder pulls. Just keep shredding until you get the desired level of tatter.

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5 Discussions


5 years ago on Introduction

This looks really interesting. I'd love to see some of the work created with this tool! Any photos you could include? That would really help round out this great tutorial.

(Your first?! Very well done!)


Reply 5 years ago

Well, as I made the tool last night, the work I will be doing with it is still pending, but fear not, that will be featured in the next Instructable!

While this may be my first Instructable, I have been presenting demos and panels at conventions for years. I am just finally getting around to the whole social media thing.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Well, we're certainly glad you're here! This is such a fun place to learn and share. I'm excited to see more of what you make!


5 years ago

I agree. Seeing what this tool would be used for would help.

As your 1st instructable, very good. Lighten your pictures (ie. gluing the handle) is the only critic I have for you. Other than that, very well done.


Reply 5 years ago

I suppose that I tend on erring on the side of overkill to remove any obscurity or confusion. I will try to condense things a touch more down the road.