Adam's latest tool tip is short and sweet: his pick for reusable shop rags to use around the cave for cleaning, applying paint washes, and wiping off your hands. Adam goes through the various kinds of rag materials and the benefits of each (as well as the ones to avoid) and shares his pick for most reliable shop rags that actually come from the medical field! Find surgical towels here.
For today's Show and Tell, Adam brings out an incredible LED flashlight that was gifted to him years ago by some friends at Google. This ridiculous flashlight combines four high power LEDs with custom reflectors for a combined 3000 lumens of brightness that can easily light up an entire room. And Adam's favorite part about it may be its development codename: the Firesword. Now you know why Adam had to build a lithium-ion battery gang charger!
We wrap this week up with some light crafting, putting together a beautiful laser-cut vintage billboard scale model kit from Studio for Metropolitan Craft, and then adding to it with our own laser-cut typography (SVG here). It's a exercise in designing type to be used as vectors for laser or vinyl cutting, and the result looks pretty good!
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!
We review two VR games that attempt to bring location-based experiences into the home. First is Adventure Lab, a unique cooperative multiplayer game that's part escape room and part immersive theater, played with a live performer hosting every session. We also test Tower Tag, a VR arcade game with a free 3D print file to turn the Oculus Touch controllers into the exact sci-fi blaster you see in headset!
We spotlight the wonderfully detailed figures from toymaker ThreeZero, including their licensed lineup of Transformers posable die-cast characters. Check out the meticulous engineering and paint finish of these collectibles, and Norm shows how he applies oil paint to add an extra layer of weathering and grime to the Blitzwing DLX figure. Don't be afraid of painting your toys!
In this special One Day Build filmed earlier this year, mathematician Matt Parker (StandUpMaths) visits the cave to build a rhombic dodecahedron with Adam! Be prepared for lots of fun geometry discussion as Adam and Matt try to make abstract math concepts tangible with a physical build. They also take this construction a few steps further by lining the inside of the polyhedron with mirrors and LED strips for an infinty mirrored effect!
Adam guides us through his collection of circle drawing tools, from a reliable machinist protractor to golden mean calipers for satisfying drafting and design. Adam also gushes over the design of Maker Cabinet's Iris compass, made of beautifully machined brass. With all of these drafting tools, he's also using one of his favorite pencils: the venerated Blackwing 602!
Adam shares one of the many props he loved building for MythBusters--a speed build of an airplane cockpit that exemplifies the joy of a quick and dirty build. It comes from the episode where Adam and Jamie tested the different plane boarding strategies to find the most efficient boarding process, which you can watch here. Special appearance from Adam's dog Maggie!
Adam recently received a set of screws that are so small he can't see them with the naked eye. So to examine them, he takes out his high-powered inspection microscope and spends the day disassembling and upgrading it with a fiber optic ring light!
Adam goes through the wide range of different pliers and grabbing tools he has in his shop, and their different use cases. From his favorite vise-grip locking pliers (which make an awesome sound) to more esoteric grabbers like a fish hook extractor, they've proved to be essential for a wide range of projects. But his favorite is a pair of steel extended grabbers called micro alligator forceps used by surgeons. Their gripping pressure is incredibly strong and allow for precise grabbing or manipulation of modelmaking parts!
This laser-cut riser for desktop cutting mats is inspired by Adam's Die Filer platform that he made in a recent One Day Build. Norm talks through his design process for making this tray for small modelmaking projects, which can also be used as a custom jigsaw puzzle platform or LED-lit soft box for displaying and photographing tabletop figures. Download the vector file to make your own!
Adam gives a tour of his personal office inside his workshop in this One Day Build project to build a custom window into his office door. It's a shop improvement project that breathes new life into this aged door that's had all manner of stuff nailed to it over the years. It's also a chance for Adam to test a new tool he's never used before: an oscillating multitool!
Adam shares his collection of frog props that are the same castings as the ones used in the movie Magnolia! They're made of an especially soft rubber that gives them an uncanney movement that looked great on film. Just another lovely piece of movie-making history!
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. Watch the first part of this build here!
Jeremy checks in from home to show what projects he's been working on during lockdown, including repairing an RC car, large LEGO build, and upgrading the code on his Game Frame LED display. We also dive into Jeremy's Pinball obsession, with a quick look at his Pinball machine collection, wall-mounted playfield, and laser-cut PinSim virtual pinball controller design that you can make at home! Two of these controllers are up for auction with all the proceeds going to charity!