How Smithsonian Brings Historic Garments to Life

As a cosplayer who likes to displays his costumes, Adam was EXTREMELY interested in how the National Air and Space Museum manages their mannequins, which need to look realistic, stay inert for a long time, fit a myriad of shapes and sizes, and do no damage to the sometimes very (VERY!) old clothing they’re wearing. Textile Conservator Beth Knight explains.

Note: There was a mask mandate at Smithsonian at the time of filming.

Ask Adam: The Tool That Does Only One Thing, But Does It Well

In this live-stream excerpt, Adam answers questions from Tested members Dungeonmaster V, John DuMontelle and Eric Meyer about his favorite glue accelerator, a tool that does only one task but does it well, and learning via video vs. in-person instruction. Thank you, Dungeonmaster V, John and Eric, for your questions and support!

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Adam’s One Day Builds: Dune Sand Compactor Replica!

Adam shifts his focus this week to assembling and painting up a 3d-printed prop replica of the Fremen Sand Compactor from the recent Dune movie! This wonderfully modeled and printed resin prop comes together with a little bit of machining for alignment and glue, and Adam’s paint finish gives it an appropriate amount of dusty weathering, fit for use on the sands of Arrakis!

STL for this prop replica by MysteryMakersStudio.

D printing by CorelliaCreations.

Adam’s Quick Tips: How to Fill Nicks in Wood

In this live-stream excerpt, Tested member BetterinWriting asks Adam, “Do you have a favorite technique that you acquired by observing someone in a separate line of work that you utilize in your own creative process?” Yes! In this live-stream excerpt, Adam demonstrates how he fills in a hole or a nick in wood, something he learned from YouTuber  @twoodfrd. Thank you, BetterinWriting, for your question and support!

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Amazing Laser-Cut Star Wars Shadowbox!

Pop culture poster art, screenprinting, and laser cutting come together in this officially licensed Star Wars shadowbox art piece from illustrator Daniel Danger. We chat with Daniel about his haunting artwork, experiments with laser cutting, and utilizing his expertise in screen printing to add parallax and dimensionality to poster art. The result is this gorgeous piece showing the iconic scene of Luke Skywalker arriving on Dagobah!

Daniel Danger’s “…will he finish what he begins?

Star Wars Fans, Serviced – This is Only a Test 635 – 1/27/22

It’s all about Star Wars this week and we discuss EA’s annoucement that it’s working on three new Star Wars games, and guest Dan Stapleton of IGN joins us to talk about the latest Steam Deck news. We devote the second half of the hour reviewing the latest episode of The Book of Boba Fett, in spoilerific detail. You have been warned! (Spoiler warning: The Book of Boba Fett Episode 5 discussion begins at 35:45)

Adam’s One Day Builds: Magnetic Lathe Chuck!

In his ongoing quest to “chase zeros” in machining, Adam upgrades his lathe chuck collection with a magnetic chuck–the first time Adam is using one in his shop. But before it can be used, this old magnetic chuck needs to be completely disassembled, cleaned, and restored. This gives Adam a chance to show us how it works and how it should be calibrated.

Update: Apologies for the audio drop at 27:07. Here’s a reupload with that part fixed. Thanks for understanding and watching!

The Production Design of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!

Adam tours the filming sets of Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s production, guided by Production Designer François Audouy. They walk from the Spengler farmhouse on location to its exact recreation built on a sound stage, and explore the massive set built for Gozer’s underground temple!

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now available digitally and will be on Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD February 1

Ask Adam: Lathe Tips (Plus Adam’s Watch!)

In this live-stream excerpt, Adam answers questions from Tested members Alexander Brumley, Vickie Bligh, Lee Marsh and Noalen Kelli about lathes, watch repair and aging copper. Thank you, Alexander, Vickie, Lee and Noalen for your support and questions!

EMCO (EMCO Compact 5).

Suggested YouTube channels for lathe technique: @jimmydiresta, ThisOldTony, Joe Pieczynski and Stefan Gotteswinter.

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Hands-On: Optic Portable Laser Cutter!

We go hands-on with a new laser cutter and engraver with a unique fold-up design. The Rendyr Optic is a diode laser cutter that can collapse into a compact formfactor ideal for small workshops, complete with built-in smoke filtration. Jen and Norm run the Optic through its paces and discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of this portable design. Note: we tested the Optic pototype and recorded this video back in the summer of 2021. Please check Optic’s website for the latest information about its features and rated performance.

Rendyr Optic Kickstarter. More information about the Optic.