View Full Version : Don't laugh ... how do I cut a coconut ?

08-15-2010, 04:15 PM
I've seen some really nice pics with coconut houses for adult T's.
I bought some coconuts today. How on earth do I cut them ? With what ?
Or do I go the the hardware store and act "dumb blonde chick" ?? {D

08-15-2010, 04:22 PM
I would think you could hack them in half with a machate, or saw at them? Throw them REALLY hard? Drop them from a few stories up a building? Hmm...

Do you have a dog? Have him do the work for you haha my bull breeds love chewing apart coconuts.

08-15-2010, 04:22 PM
there is usually a "line" that goes around the husk.. take a saw to that and go at it.. or you can buy the coconut houses already cut at petco.. lol

Midknight xrs
08-15-2010, 04:23 PM
If they have the green outter shell, then you will have to hack away at it and start peeling to get to the inside. if it is the inside, the brown shell, then a bitchers knife or a machette will work to crack that. At least in my experience. You might be able to do it with a hammer too.

08-15-2010, 04:31 PM
We don't have Petco's here and I have never seen them sold at our LPS.
It's an old brown coconut - we dont get the green ones here. I reckon I'm gonna try a hand saw or a circular saw tomorrow :?
Would like a nice smooth cut like this ...

Who knows, if it doesnt work I can just try again {D

Steven Valys
08-15-2010, 04:42 PM
I wouldn't recommend a circular saw. Too much can go wrong real quick.

Warren Bautista
08-15-2010, 04:45 PM
Step 1: Beat it with a machete.

Step 2: Drink the juice.

Step 3: Scoop out meat and devour it.

Step 4: Dry it out.

Step 5: Place into terrarium.

Step 6: Stand back and admire work.

08-15-2010, 04:46 PM
Dremel.. Oh and make sure you clean and allow that husk to dry out suitably before using if it has the milk and fruit still in it.

Remember, if it's a whole sealed nut your going to have to milk it and scrape out the coconut lining and then allow the inside to dry really well to prevent mold/mildew/nasties.

It may be honestly quicker to order a few online.

8ighth Wonder
08-15-2010, 04:47 PM
I just crack them with my hand

08-15-2010, 04:53 PM
Use a 12 gauge. You'll get a bunch of fun size peices.

08-15-2010, 05:13 PM
A hack saw would give you a clean cut. I personally wouldn't use a circular saw on something round, but if you feel you can manage it go for it.

mike w
08-15-2010, 05:21 PM
Please do not use a circular saw on a coconut!!! You will most definately end up in the ER!! Hacksaw or chisel with a hammer will get the job done. Good luck!:eek::eek:

8ighth Wonder
08-15-2010, 05:27 PM
I find the crease and hit it with my hand...two perfect halves every time. If you just want the end gone...drill out the "eyes"

8ighth Wonder
08-15-2010, 05:28 PM
I definately agree with that...that would be UGLY

08-15-2010, 05:40 PM
Circular saw ? :shame:
Machete ? :?
Ha ha ha ... :o
Thanks for all the replies !! :worship:

Terry D
08-15-2010, 06:19 PM
They left one out- Did you try the search function? {D

08-15-2010, 06:41 PM
It comes up with only coconut peat as far as I found, using the search engine :8o

08-15-2010, 06:57 PM
Hammer a large nail into one or two of the "eyes" on the coconut. The "eyes" are the three dark spots on the more rounded end of the coconut. Draw a line (literally or figuratively) around the coconut, this is where you will cut with a hack saw. Make sure you cut to the size you want the opening to be. Then use a very sturdy knife or less dangerous instrument like a screwdriver to pry the meat outta the shell. Wash well and dry for a few days. Taking the meat out will be the longest part of doing this.

Terry D
08-15-2010, 07:21 PM
It comes up with only coconut peat as far as I found, using the search engine :8o

I was joking- in reference to the frequent catch-all reply. :)

08-15-2010, 07:28 PM
How to cut a coconut: Find an OBT. Let it strike the coconut.

But nah, seriously a dremel or a hacksaw should work fine.

08-15-2010, 07:36 PM
I have actually done this and it worked great. My husband cut them in half using his dremel, not sure which bit tho. Then I boiled the halves for about an hour or so. The fruit in the middle will come out easily that way. Just make sure you allow them to dry very well for a few days before using them, and only use them for the Ts that like it dry. If they get to much moisture, they will mold over and it's gross. I had it happen to me.

08-16-2010, 12:23 AM
Oh guys, doing it the hard way !! :wall:

Drill out a eye, drink the milk with a straw.
Put the coconut on the ground, put a rag over it, and smack it with a hammer !!
Done !!!

Did it last night, easy !! :wicked:

08-16-2010, 09:28 AM
I'm assuming you don't own a band saw soooo I'd put it in a vice and use a hack saw.


08-16-2010, 12:35 PM
Once you're down to the hard shell part, set it down on a table or bench or something and work your way around the nut in a circle, whacking it firmly with the back side of the machete every couple of inches. As you're working your way around a small crack should develop as you go, once you make a full circle it should pretty much fall apart into two halves. At least that's how Les Stroud did it on TV.

08-16-2010, 01:31 PM

08-16-2010, 01:57 PM
I recently did this, used a metal cutting saw, took forever to cut it in half. After, I thought, ok cool, i'm pretty much done. Then I proceed to try and scoop out the meat, OMG, what a nightmare, so impossibly hard. I didn't think about boiling it like someone mentioned. Maybe I'll try it again if I can easily remove the meat.

08-16-2010, 02:48 PM
Someone mentioned boiling the coconut to get the meat out easier :razz:

08-16-2010, 03:22 PM
Here you go:


08-16-2010, 03:28 PM
I'm assuming you don't own a band saw soooo I'd put it in a vice and use a hack saw.


Yep. To get the look you want, and keep all your parts, this is what you want to do.
DO NOT try the circular saw!

08-16-2010, 03:47 PM
Hacksaw works great, dremel is great, too...especially for shaping, doors, etc....power hacksaw, bandsaw also both good, but require a reasonable amount of expertise and care....a circular saw would be disastrous, I am sure.