If Zoolander was an actual person and came across Lance Abernethy’s miniature tool collection, there’s a good chance that he would ask “what are these? tools for ants?” – and for good reason.

Abernethy, who resides in New Zealand, has been actively building miniature ‘micro-machine’ replicas of his power tools for the past year that *ahem* actually frickin’ work. While he had previously created a functional cordless drill back in March, he’s back again this week with a working circular saw that operates just like an actual full-size circular saw.

To create the saw, Abernethy turned to Onshape to design the individual parts based off of parts from his own full-sized Makita saw. Once he had a working assembly, he then printed the parts in PLA using his Ultimaker 2 3D printer with a layer height of 21-40 microns and a shell thickness of .5mm. As for powering the small device, Abernethy has equipped the saw with an on/off handle that connects to a hearing aid battery.

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No word yet on what Abernethy plans to build with the tools – but at least toothpicks are cheap!


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.