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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Mini Chop Saw!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Miniature Shipping Container!

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Adam's been wanting to build this kit for years: a decal set that allows him to make a 1/10 scale shipping container like the 40-foot ones that move freight around the world on massive container ships. Adam's scaled-down version will be four feet long, and make for an awesome bench and storage box in the workshop. And of course it sits on casters!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Baby Yoda Mod and Repaint!

Adam is smitten by Sideshow Collectible's life-size replica of The Child (aka Baby Yoda, aka Grogu), and makes the figure even more awesome by modifying it to add posable arms and applying more weathering to the cloak! Follow along this deconstruction of collectible manufacturing and paint application. This project also allows Adam to test Iwata's dual action airbrush, which has been highly recommended in the effects shops we've visited!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Iron Man Mark I Helmet!

Continuing his work on his Iron Man Mark I armor costume, Adam turns his focus to the helmet. The helmet that came with the costume is painted resin, but needs a new paint metallic paint job for better screen accuracy. It's a multi-stage application to give it a brilliant chrome finish which is then taken down with some oil paint weathering. Adam also builds out the inside of the helmet to line it with leather and make it not only wearable, but also functional with a flip-up face visor!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Iron Man Mark 1 Armor!

Adam digs up an incomplete Iron Man Mark I armor costume out of his shop's deep storage and gets to work building out this suit and getting wear at a future convention. This replica was nicely sculpted and cast, and is a great base for Adam's upgrades, including adding a light-up arc reactor and mechanized magneto generator prop in the back of the suit! It's a lot of fun scratch building and kitbashing of parts to make it look like something Tony Stark would've made in the film! (Stick to the end for a bonus mini-build too!)

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Mini Chop Saw!

Once Adam finished making his mini bandsaw, he was inspired to try his hand at making more custom tools and developing his own machining skills. The mini machine vise he previously made finds its home in an awesome mini chop saw, which actually takes Adam a whole week to design, sketch, and build piece by piece. After a huge amount of trial and error, Adam is so pleased with the finished build--it might be his favorite One Day Build ever!

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Adam Savage Builds a Mini Tabletop Bandsaw!

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Adam makes a modification to a corded portable bandsaw to make something he's always wanted in his shop: a tabletop mini bandsaw! To make this mini bandsaw stand, Adam machines an aluminum plate to mount on a custom wood frame that will house the portaband, as well as a satisfying power switch and perfectly-fitted brass insert. Follow along the project from its cardboard prototype to gratifying completion!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Mini Machine Vise!

Adam recently learned the joys of machining scrap cast iron, and embarked on the challenging of repurposing a chunk found in the cave into a mini machine vise! It's a weekend build that he documented through timelapse and silent footage, so Adam reflects on that relaxing and satisfying work in narrated commentary. This mini machine vise ends up being an essential component of a more ambitious project that you'll see soon in a future One Day Build!

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Adam Savage Upgrades His Mini Bandsaw!

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Adam continues work on his portaband conversion into a mini tabletop bandsaw with his solution for a speed control system that taps into the portable bandsaw's existing trigger controller.

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Giant Nut and Bolt!

Adam expands his machining skills in today's One Day Build by attempting to machine a giant bolt and nut out of a chunk of brass. It's a thorough test of Adam's abilities working with his lathe and precision machining, as the two comically large parts have to fit in the end!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Brass Watering Can!

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For his wife's birthday, Adam makes from scratch a brass watering can for tending to their succulent garden! It's going to involve a wide range of brass working techniques to piece it together from raw sheets and tubes, from the engineering of the form to the machining and soldering of parts together to make it actually functional. And by the end, it becomes a beautiful bespoke gardening tool!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: How to Build a $5 Sword!

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This week's build is actually a how-to project! Adam's had the idea for making a wooden sword out of just five dollars of materials since his theater shop days, and shows you the step by step process of building this inexpensive but satisfying prop. It's a build that can be done with any combination of materials, tools, and adhesives, and makes use of some of Adam's favorite propmaking techniques!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Thread Tapping Guide Block!

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Adam shows you how to make a tapping guide block to help make perfectly aligned screw and bolt threads reliably and with ease. It's a handy accompaniment to the tap set you may have in your own shops, and something that may save you from breaking taps or bolts in the future. Adam dives into the ins and outs of thread tapping, common pitfalls, and his favorite tips and techniques for using these essential tools!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Tintype Photo Clamp for Gary Oldman!

Adam helps out actor Gary Oldman with one of his hobbies in this week's build! Gary is an avid photographer, and practices the craft of wet plate photography. For that tintype process, he needed a way to mount his large glass photo plates to clean and prep. Adam builds and sends Gary a custom clamp for that purpose and we get to see the unboxing!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Luke's Lightsaber!

Time to make a laser sword hilt! Adam takes a cylinder of aluminum stock and walks us through how he machined his first replica of Luke's lightsaber from Return of the Jedi. In the spirit of revisiting his early propmaking efforts, Adam only uses one found photo for reference and explains how to extrapolate details from an image to usable measurements for propmaking. It's a build that goes through some unexpected turns, and ends up being a different One Day Build journey than Adam intended!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: How To Build a Box!

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One of Adam's favorite things to build are boxes to store and celebrate the objects and artifacts he collects in his workshop. Today, he walks you through how to build a simple box of your own in his distinctive style, in this case to house a pair of Apollo spacesuit glove replicas. Follow along and show us the boxes you make during in your own workshops!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Tweaking the Table Saw!

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Adam's latest shop improvement project is all about his table saw! In his near-daily use of this tool, Adam has found inefficiencies and annoyances in the way he adjusts the height and angle of the saw, so he's swapping out the handwheels for new ones that better fit his workflow. It's maintenance he finally has time for, and even little things like giving his table saw handles better hand feel and control means he can better make things with it!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Car Seat Dog Bed!

For an upcoming road trip, Adam will be joined by his dog Maggie, who is a delightful travel companion. To help her better enjoy the long drive, Adam makes a custom fitted dog bed platform that fits over the folded seat of his car! It's a build that begins with cardboard prototyping and transforms sheets of plywood into a beautifully bolstered doggie bed!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Custom Painting Shop Tools!

Today's super quick build is an exercise in tool organization, but for Adam a new way about thinking about organization as well. As opposed to placing tools and materials in a place for ease of storage and access, Adam talks about rearranging a tool's appearance to streamline its use. Taking his mill's tightening wrench as the example, Adam cleans, masks, paints, and labels it in a way to mitigate visual ambiguity and optimize its place in his mental workflow.

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Machinist Tool Drawers!

Adam's been using his lathe a lot more recently while improving his machining skills, and has refined his workflow and toolset ecosystem around the machine. And to help him better retrieve the machining tools and accessories he wants in a timely way, Adam is going to build a machinist's toolbox to store everything from flat and thread cutters to steel blanks and boring bars. And surprisingly, it's the first of this kind of storage drawer he's made as a One Day Build!

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Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Table Saw Fence Upgrade!

Adam spends the day fixing and upgrading his Powermatic 66 table saw with a new table saw fence system. The table saw is equipped with an Accu-Fence, but its sides were damaged in recent use. Adam replaces those sides with a beautiful set found online, and even got some tips to install them direct from the manufacturer! Keep an eye out for a cameo appearance of a Scottish soda sent in from a fan, complete with kilt bottle cozy!

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