Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Dinosaur Skull Lamp!

One of Adam’s favorite objects in the cave is his life-size T-Rex skull, which hangs above the shop’s pool table. He’s long wanted to hide a fitted lamp inside that skull, which is today’s One Day Build! This project falls into the category of quick and dirty builds that allows Adam to work fast and cut a few corners to get the results he wants as efficiently as possible!

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14 thoughts on “Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Dinosaur Skull Lamp!

  1. I can’t pretend I like the camera work. It literally gives me an actual headache and I often have to deliberately look away to stop getting dizzy.

  2. LED tape is wonderful stuff! The build is rather nice for being a personal hack job, but I would have appreciated proper containment and strain relief for those marrettes. Electrical safety is important, possibly more so in stuff like this.

    I can’t pretend I like the camera work. It literally gives me an actual headache and I often have to deliberately look away to stop getting dizzy.

    Agreed, the camera work has gotten disappointingly amateurish lately, I get that Adam isn’t easy to follow, but that compounds the discomfort.

  3. yeah looks about right, after some googling I found one from Dixon on amazon for a reasonable price, thanks for pointing out the pica model.

    Side note for all; Adam was right about Sue and her being in the field museum. She was featured in a very fun way in the urban fiction novel Dead Beat as part of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.

  4. Great One day build! I hope you go back and add some up lighting later though, just imagine playing under a glowing skull!

  5. Great One day build! I hope you go back and add some up lighting later though, just imagine playing under a glowing skull!

    While I was watching this video I did wonder whether a couple of red LEDs on top of the box might add an extra effect. Not sure whether it would actually help though. Might just look like a cheap effect.

  6. I think it would be an AWESOME idea to, building off this video, have Adam build something 2 ways. One, a one day build style, theater style thing like this. Then a second follow up video where he builds the same thing as if it WAS something either he really cared about or like it was a client job. I can see some of the corners he cut, to be sure. But would he have used a totally different backing than foam core? Different material than MDF? A different diffuser? Different hardware? Less Glue so that it would be more repairable? there is a lot of that murky thought process stuff( what corners to cut by how much) that would be illuminated in a helpful and unique way by a video series like that.

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