Ask Adam: Building vs. Modifying Tools

In this livestream excerpt, Adam answers questions from Tested members The Prop Master with Robert Walker and Shane Shellenbarger about Adam’s disc sander as well as building tools from scratch vs. modifying existing tools. Thank you for your questions and support, Robert and Shane!

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Ask Adam: Favorite Miniature and Jumbo Versions of Tools

In this live stream excerpt, Tested subscriber George Farren asks Adam, “‘What’s your favorite example of miniature/jumbo versions within a family of tools?” Here’s Adam’s answer.

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KNIPEX Tools, IRWIN VISE-GRIP GrooveLock Pliers Set, Straight Jaw, Knipex 00 20 09 V02″Cobra” Pliers Set, Knipex 74 02 250 High Leverage Diagonal Nipper. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Ask Adam: When to Buy and How to Mark Your Tools

In this livestream excerpt, Adam answers questions from Tested members LexLuthorJr and K about the best time to buy a tool and tips on how to mark your tools as your own. Thank you for your questions and support, Lex and K!

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Inside Adam’s Cave: Wooden Screwdriver Mailbag Unboxing!

Adam opens a viewer mailbag containing an ironwood interpretation of his favorite Stanley Workmaster screwdriver design! This lovely piece of woodworking comes from Thomas, who used this project as a way to hone his woodworking skills, and came with a sweet handle case and full set of magnetically attached driver bits! Adam is beyond delighted by this thoughtful gift!

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Why Adam ALWAYS Uses Center Drills

Tested Patron moultriemanicmechanic asked Adam, “Why don’t you use center drills to start holes when you are using the lathe? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen you use one and it’s so much easier.” Here’s Adam’s rather involved answer, and we thank you for your question and support, Moultrie.

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Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: Workbench Vise Mailbag Unboxing!

Adam unboxes a new tool for his workbench, courtesy of the Tested viewers at Real Avid! This bench-mount multi-axis vise is just what Adam was looking for to help him work on his blaster props and replica builds. He sets it up on his bench and mounts the biggest prop he has at arms reach: his original Matrix lightning gun!

https://www.realavid.com/product/master-gun-vise/

Inside Adam’s Cave: Spray Paint Mixer Unboxing!

Adam unboxes a fan-made spray can mixer holder inspired by the drill-powered paint can mixer he recently shared as one of his favorite shop tools of the past year! Adam puts this 3D-printed drill attachment to the test with a can of Rust-Oleam spray paint and appreciates the design and effort!

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Adam’s Spring Collection!

It’s spring right now, but that’s not the kind of spring that Adam wants to talk about today! Adam opens up his sortimo box of tension springs to talk about the varied assortment of unconventional springs he stores at the ready in the workshop and what he keeps an eye out for when browsing for springs online. Let’s take a look of a new lot of springs that just arrived at the cave!

Adam’s New Precision Dial Calipers!

Adam revisits the topic of calipers in this quick show and tell, recapping the many different ways he uses dial calipers in his machining work and builds. But it’s also the first time in almost twenty years that Adam has also bought a new pair of dial calipers for the shop, and takes a moment to share this beautiful set of six-inch Starrett dial calipers!

Starrett 6″ Dial Caliper.

Adam’s Favorite Tools: Solvent Dispensing Can!

Adam finally answers the frequently-asked question of what is that red bottle-like container seen on his workbench in build videos. It’s a small plastic dispensing can that safely stores and controls the dispensing of liquids like acetone without the risk of spilling. Just another essential tool found in the McMaster-Carr catalog!

8 ounce plasic dispensing can