When you need to cut something down to size, using an improvised wire saw can be a great option. There are two simple methods in making a DIY wire saw and which one you use depends entirely on what type of wire you have.
Learn how to make a wire saw from scraps in this article!
Wire Saw | Simple & Effective DIY Project for Every Prepper
DIY Wire Saw
While a pocket knife can be used to cut small limbs and other items, doing so will quickly dull the blade and make it useless for other purposes, like skinning.
One of the most simple ways to cut up branches, limbs, and even PVC pipes when a power saw or hack saw is not available is by using a wire saw.
These wire saws are widely available and most of them are inexpensive and should be a part of just about any bug out bag or camping kit.
You can buy these nifty tools, but it’s also straightforward to make one yourself out of everyday household items.
What You’ll Need:
- Stiff Wire
- Electrical fencing wire, a stripped electrical cord from a wall outlet, metal coat hangers, or chicken wire (not as durable)
- Two key rings
- A pair of needle-nosed pliers
Step 1: Prepare the Wire
Make the wire a little over 2 feet long. Put the keyring about halfway down the wire and fold the wire in half. Now start twisting the folded wire.
Step 2: Create a Loop
Once you have twisted the wire to where you only have about 3 inches from the end, you will need to create a loop to hold the second key ring.
You will want to take the other key ring and attach it to the saw by twisting the wire through and around itself. The second method is used when you have a thinner and more flexible wire-like picture wire.
You use the exact same method but instead of twisting, you use a simple reverse wrap like you would when making primitive cordage.
Using this reverse wrap method will increase the tensile strength of the wire exponentially and even if you don’t use reverse wrapping for this. It is still a vital skill to learn.
Reminder: When using this tool, make sure to be cautious.
This tool can help you in a pinch but it is still improvised and is nowhere near as strong as a store-bought wire saw.
Start out using it in 30-second intervals with a 15-second break in between. If the saw seems like it is holding up, you can begin increasing the cutting time. This will help to keep the wire from overheating and breaking.
Watch this video by Mitchell Green on how to use a wire saw and turn it into a bow saw:
A wire saw will not only make short work of that old hickory stump in your back yard, but it can help to cut limbs and small logs to a more manageable size. Survival is all about your ability to roll with the punches!
Have you ever tried making improvised survival gear before? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2013, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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