Adam dives and drives deep into the world of drill bits, giving us an overview into the various kinds of bits and end mills he uses in his workshop and showing the versatility of his favorite bit of all: the venerable forstner bit!
Modelmaker and fabricator Kayte Sabicer shares one of her favorite things for quickly carving foam: a versatile set from Hot Wire Foam Factory that includes three different handheld foam sculpting tools. Kayte demonstrates and gives tips for using the hot wire tool, the hot knife, and engraver on sheets on cheap pink insulation foam, which you can stack and glue together to form all sorts of shapes for modelmaking terrain and sculpture!
Hammers, mallets, thwackers, and other whacking tools are probably some of the first tools you use in a shop, and everyone has their favorites and preferences for their processes and types of projects. Adam gives a tour of his favorite hammers he keeps on his shop apron and within arms reach in the cave, including some unique designs he's made himself and vintage hammers found online.
One of the most useful tools for a small scale modelmaker is a vacuum forming machine, which lets you make lightweight plastic copies of model or prop parts quickly. Adam shows us the vacuum former he built while he was a professional modelmaker, and then demonstrates a small dental vacuum forming machine that is a great way to get started without spending a lot of money.
You've asked about it, and it's time to show you the new milling machine that Adam upgraded to and brought into the cave this year. Adam explains how a mill works, gives an overview to his own journey in machining that got him to this point, and shows off the features of his new Sharp mill. Plus, take a look at what it took to get this machine loaded into the cave and make its way to back of the workshop!