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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Make Your Own Buzz Saw

Long before Legos and Barbies, children somehow kept themselves entertained. One of the toys kids use to play with was a buzz saw…doesn’t it just sound kid friendly? If you get it going right, it does sound like a saw. DSCN5604

This is a great game for older kids if they’re looking for something to do and all you need is a piece of string and a button. I used embroidery thread and a piece of cardboard and it worked surprisingly well.

If you’re making a button, cut out a circle about 1 1/2-2 inches wide. Punch two holes in the middle of it. Or you can make one out of wood or just find a big button.DSCN5600

Thread the string through both holes and tie the ends together so you have a loop with the button in the middle. I found the ideal string length to be a little longer than my hips are wide.DSCN5602

Loop each end of the string over your thumbs and start wrapping the button by spinning it around the string. Keep doing this until the string is tightly wound.

Now, pull on both ends of the string to make the button spin and it will sound like a little saw. Once it’s done spinning, loosen the string so it can twist up again (kind of like a yoyo). Pull again, loosen again. To object is to see how many times you can get the button to twist and untwist on the string without having to stop or re-do it.DSCN5613

And for your viewing pleasure, I’ve included a video so you can see exactly how exciting this is :) Don’t mind the end…that was directed at the videographer…

Buzz Saw
Thank you Housewife Eclectic for reminding me how entertaining and how easy to make these toys are!


  1. Awesome! I love projects that utilize things from around the home!!


  2. It is fun to learn low-tech ways to amuse children!

  3. Finally, from now on I'll understand the implication when someone says something about a buzz saw. Never knew what it was; will try to remember it for when DS gets older.

  4. Yay! Now I can make my own spinning gym. Those on sale now are really pricey! This is so cool, and it is the exact same concept! I've played with it when I was young, but have forgotten how it was made...:D...thanks for sharing this. Kudos to you!