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    Adam Savage's Mercury Space Capsule Cockpit Replica!

    Adam shows off an incredible replica of the Mercury Friendship 7 space capsule cockpit that was a project for his workshop assistants. The intricate details of this replica are true to the original, from buttons to switches to even the printed notes affixed to the console. Let's pore over all the details!

    Making a Star Wars Death Star Corridor Diorama!

    Today's build is a rite-of-passage for figure collectors and miniature modelmakers: a Star Wars-inspired Death Star corridor diorama! Norm designs his take on the iconic backdrop for 1:12 scale figures (6" tall, like the Star Wars Black Series) and laser cuts acrylic pieces to slot together for a satisfying assembly that perfectly fits into IKEA Detolf, Kallax, or Billy shelves. Download the files for this project to make your own!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Portable Audio Recorder Rig!

    To assist in his hobby of bird watching and wildlife obervation, Adam constructs a portable audio recording rig composted of a shotgun microphone, digital audio recorder, and custom carved wood handle! It's a beautiful assembly that's also perfectly balanced for handheld or tripod use!

    Adam Savage's Apollo A7L Spacesuit Upgrade!

    Adam’s Apollo spacesuit gets a major upgrade! After showing us some of his favorite details on his A7L, Adam shares a few recent modifications that showcase spacesuit replica maker Ryan Nagata's talent and incredible attention to detail, including new gloves, new wrist rings, a new bubble helmet, but especially a new, functional neck ring!

    Show and Tell: Hot Toys 1/4 Scale Darth Vader Figure

    With Comic-Con at Home and the new Sideshow Con happening later this month, Norm gets in the collectibles mindset with a look at the Hot Toys quarter scale Darth Vader figure. We show off the incredible portrait sculpt and costuming on this massive figure, and give it a dynamic action pose for some toy photography. The detail in quarter scale is amazing!

    Children of Makers - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 6/30/20
    On the 25th anniversary of the release of Apollo 13, we talk about the impact of the film, the great late Bill Paxton, and our hopes for Comic-Con at home later this month. Plus, a discussion about the ways parents try to encourage their children to be makers and find the interests and pursuits that'll resonate.
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    Adam Savage's New Tiny Parts Sorter and Storage!

    Adam checks out a new set of boxes for sorting and storing tiny screw and other parts for his modelmaking builds. His solution of gluing small jewelry boxes to foamcore is similar to the sorting boxes used by professional watch repairers like these sent by a viewer. Also sent are some incredibly tiny screws and watch parts that Adam checks out with his recently upgraded microscope!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Front Porch Table!

    Adam's latest weekend build is a piece of furniture for his home--an integrated front porch table to help organize all the shoes, outdoor gear, and pet paraphernalia that lives in Adam's home foyer. And it's going to be a surprise for his partner--so it's one of the more finished and polished builds Adam takes on during the lockdown!

    Making an Illuminated Action Figure Display Stand!

    Our next laser cutter project is an exercise of designing with slot joints to piece together a clear acrylic display stand that houses LED lights for underlighting. Norm walks through his design process and prototyping for this action figure platform, the lessons learned in vector design, and completes the build with a collectibles photo shoot. Download the vector files for this project to make your own!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Stitching Pony Clamp!

    Adam's latest build is a new tool to aid in his quest for precision in his machining and other shop work! It's called a stitching pony by leatherworkers and is essentially a large third hand for holding onto raw materials or parts while he works on them. And Adam has come up with a way to make his stitching pony quick to release, tighten, and operate!

    Ash, Vito Cornelius, and Bilbo - Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project - 6/23/20
    We recall the amazing careers of actor Ian Holm and director Joel Schumacher, whose works hold special places in the pop culture pantheon. Adam, Will, and Norm also talk about great character actors whose appearance and performances elevate the films they show up in, and give a few recommendations for classics to rewatch. Plus, a discussion about build materials that Adam has been workging with lately!
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    Adam Savage's Octopus Cane!

    Adam tells the story of one of his favorite Etsy purchases and why he loves the kinds of interactions and exchanges between buyer and seller that takes place on that marketplace. This Octopus cane topper is beautifully cast and worn from handling, and one of Adam's favorite objects in his shop. Here's the Other Minds book Adam mentioned: https://amzn.to/2YkeSyH

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Making a Stable Workbench!

    This weekend build takes on something that's been bothering Adam for a while: the stability of his workbench. So in order to pay it forward for all future One Day Builds, Adam takes apart his workbench and rebuilds it to his satisfaction. The project takes a few detours as Adam has to contend with welder issues, so it's not a build that goes as originally planned!

    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!