Latest StoriesInside Adam Savage's Cave
    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!

    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!

    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:

    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!

    Adam Savage's Favorite Tools: Essential Shop Rags!

    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.

    Adam Savage's Favorite High-Power LED Flashlight!

    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!

    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!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Rhombic Dodecahedron with Matt Parker!

    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 Savage's Favorite Tools: Awesome Circle Drawing Tools!

    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 Savage's Airplane Cockpit Prop for MythBusters!

    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 Savage's Favorite Tools: Extended Grabber Micro Forceps!

    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!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Workshop Office Door!

    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!

    Inside Adam Savage's Cave: Magnolia Frog Props!

    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 Savage's One Day Builds: Mini Tabletop Bandsaw!

    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!