Bosch Reciprocating Saw Prototype

Bosch Power Tools is in the business of creating, well, power tools. Good ones. So naturally, when I was approached by their marketing team on a Thursday afternoon about a new project, I accepted the job with enthusiasm. Even with a very tight deadline: due by the upcoming Monday. In most cases, a 72 hour window of time is unrealistic. This project was a little different and definitelygoing to be a challenge, but I was up for this challenge!

(You might be asking, why, would a global tool giant like Bosch come to me to build a prototype tool when they could have their pick from many manufacturing facilities all over the world? Simple: all those other places couldn’t complete this task in the 72 hour deadline. Seriously, it was that simple.)

The project was this; build a fully-functioning reciprocating saw and make it look like a possible production Bosch tool. The tool was purely for presentational purposes, so it obviously didn’t need to perform to any drop tests, stress tests, or whatever tests they put tools through before they go to market. It also didn’t have to be an exact match as far as aesthetics went, but needed to be close….I don’t have any fancy mold-making machines or an engineer tucked in my back pocket. What I do have, so I’m told, is a creative brain that would allow me to sculpt this tool. Ok, ok,….I guess I should tell you that I was also given a competitors (who shall remain nameless) tool that was on the market at the time. I would use this tool as a platform for building the Bosch prototype. Check out the following pics of the progress…

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