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!

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8 thoughts on “Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Mini Chop Saw!

  1. I would love to have the time to do this, and I agree with how great it would be to make your own thing, but… For most of us, we don’t have 12 hours we can spend on making just a little vise. I have the skills, and materials, but I would lose so much money making this, it doesn’t make sense. Adam is very lucky that he is well known enough to make money at doing something most of us can’t really afford to do!

    I enjoy these videos, but it can be a bit depressing that this real world issue is rarely addressed.

  2. If seeing people do things that you yourself cannot or simply do not want to do is upsetting to you then perhaps you should invest in a pile of sand to stick your head in.

  3. Hi people of Tested.

    I was just really curious about what type of sketch pad Adam uses in this video. I would love to purchase one for myself. Looks very heavy duty and great size.

    Thanks for the amazing vidoes 🙂

  4. How would you “address” it?

    I’m just trying to understand the goal of your post–genuinely curious. Making things is a large part of his job (and thank goodness for that). Making things is not most of our jobs, it’s something we can do when we have time. Essentially any video here could have the same thing said about it: “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have a place to put that” or “I don’t have the time/skill/materials to do this” or…

  5. Absolutely beautiful, great job Adam. I know you’ll get a little kick out of using this every time you do so, hopefully for many, many years to come, such is the reward and the joy of making and modifying your own tools.

    As for the previous comments here, yeah, no shit, we’d all love to have the time to make a whole bunch of the stuff we see other people make in the maker community, but that’s one of the best parts about the maker community and those generous enough to film or otherwise document their builds and share them with us – Getting to see someone go through the process and enjoyment of making something that we’d otherwise not even get to enjoy vicariously is the reward.

    And then to top it off, you might even get the opportunity to say something nice, like “Hey, that’s really cool! I’m stoked for you about how good of a job you did!”.

  6. I think a new motor and blade arbour would be a fantastic project. Just as satisfying as the base build. That way you could easily incorporate a slightly bigger motor, nothing crazy, 1/4hp maybe. If it were me I’d aim to get the motor fixed in place and just have the arm pivot. Two belts and an idler or something like that. Notched timing belt for a simple job or round belt for that antique machine tool look.

    Also, maybe a flip/hinged head for your depth stop so you can flip it out of the way when you make a cut, to avoid the cut piece pinching against the blade as it falls away. Also has the advantage that you can have a depth set, flip it out of the way to make a different length cut and then flip it back down and not have to reset your guide.

    As to the comment about not having time, well, we all suffer from that. Just consider yourself better off having watched an hour of making than an hour of real housewives.

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