Adam Savage's One Day Builds
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Adam Savage's One Day Builds

Adam Savage challenges himself to design and build a project from scratch in just one day in his workshop. Watch Adam problem solve through making!

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Why Not Earlids?
It Might Work!
Ep 1 - Why Not Earlids?

Simone ponders why evolution hasn’t given humans a way to close their ears like we do our eyes, and then works on a solution to that problem of her own design.

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Reaching the Unreachable
It Might Work!
Ep 2 - Reaching the Unreachable

Simone teams up with Adam Savage to solve an issue she has with the fig tree at her apartment.

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Blade Runner Blaster, Part 2
Let's Build!
Ep 2 - Blade Runner Blaster, Part 2

Adam takes apart his Tomenosuke blaster to change its finish, while Norm knolls and organizes the pieces to his kit.

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Blade Runner Blaster, Part 1
Let's Build!
Ep 1 - Blade Runner Blaster, Part 1

For this build, we’re joined by our friend Mark Dubeau, a fellow Blade Runner obsessive who brings his deep knowledge of movie props to help us assemble our blaster kit!

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Audrey II Garage Kit
This Old FX Shop
Ep 1 - Audrey II Garage Kit

Frank shows us how to paint this garage kit we found at this year’s Monsterpalooza creature effects show. We discuss cleanup processes for castings and different paint methods using visual references from the film.

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Dredd Helmet
This Old FX Shop
Ep 2 - Dredd Helmet

Learn how to clean up a helmet casting and paint it to look like a prop from one of our favorite recent action films!

Swordmaking with WETA Workshop

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Swordmaking with WETA Workshop
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 29 - Swordmaking with WETA Workshop

Adam learns swordmaking with WETA Workshop’s Master Swordsmith Peter Lyon in this very special overseas edition of One Day Builds!

Adam Incognito

Lord of the Rings Ringwraith
Adam Incognito
Ep 1 - Lord of the Rings Ringwraith

Adam puts on the first of his new cosplay disguises and walks the floor at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, incognito. This year, he starts with an amazing custom-made Ringwraith armor.

Rocketeer and No Face
Adam Incognito
Ep 2 - Rocketeer and No Face

Adam dons both his Rocketeer and No Face cosplay and visits fans waiting in line before the Mythbusters panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

Admiral Ackbar
Adam Incognito
Ep 3 - Admiral Ackbar

Adam puts on his Admiral Ackbar cosplay and walks the floor of San Diego Comic-Con incognito.

Adam Savage Flash Mob!
Adam Incognito
Ep 4 - Adam Savage Flash Mob!

Adam gathers dozens of fans and Twitter followers outside Comic-Con to dress up as him with fake beards, hats, and glasses and then leads the group through the San Diego Convention Center.

Alien Environmental Spacesuit
Adam Incognito
Ep 5 - Alien Environmental Spacesuit

Ever year, Adam Savage walks the floor of Comic-Con incognito, hidden in plain view wearing one of his elaborate cosplay costumes. This year, Adam debuts a costume he has been working on for almost a decade: a perfect replica of the environmental space suit from Ridley Scott's Alien!

NASA Mercury Spacesuit
Adam Incognito
Ep 6 - NASA Mercury Spacesuit

For Adam's second Incognito walk through Comic-Con (which was actually done before the Alien spacesuit), Adam donned his Mercury program spacesuit replica and explored the convention hall. His use of a polarized helmet visor shielded his identity, but fans still managed to pick him out in the cosplay crowd!

Adam Savage's Cave! (1-10)

The Zorg Industries ZF-1
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 1 - The Zorg Industries ZF-1

Tested takes you inside Adam Savage's man cave where he keeps amazing movie props and collectibles, as well as works on his own projects. Today, Adam tells the story of his Zorg Industries ZF-1 replica from The Fifth Element, which he's been working on for over 13 years.

Rasputin's Mecha Glove from Hellboy
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 2 - Rasputin's Mecha Glove from Hellboy

Adam Savage shows off his in-progress build of the Rasputin Mecha Glove from the Hellboy movie. The amazing prop was only in the movie for a few moments, but it made a huge impression and Adam has been meticulously recreating all its complicated parts. It's coming along nicely!

Tyrannosaurus Rex Skull
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 3 - Tyrannosaurus Rex Skull

We take you inside Adam Savage's man cave, where visitors are greeted by a life size Tyrannosaurus rex skull hanging from the ceiling at eye level. You have permission to touch it for good luck!

Metal Lathe with Digital Readout
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 4 - Metal Lathe with Digital Readout

Adam Savage shows off one of his favorite tools in his workshop: his metal lathe. Learn what a lathe can be used to make, why its awesome power should be respected, and how Adam tweaked it by adding a DRO (digital readout).

The Rocketeer Rocket Pack
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 5 - The Rocketeer Rocket Pack

Adam Savage shows off the progress of the Rocketeer jetpack he's currently building. We discuss how he's weathering the rocket engines to get the right look of discolored metal and a cool trick to illuminate the bottom of the pack.

Indiana Jones Bullwhip
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 6 - Indiana Jones Bullwhip

Adam shows off the Raiders of the Lost Ark bullwhip he braided by hand. Learn why it was such a labor of love to make this whip from a single piece of kangaroo hide, and how this whip is a little different than the one Indiana Jones uses in the movies.

Adam Builds (11-20)

Deadmau5 Helmet
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 11 - Deadmau5 Helmet

You saw it floating around in the background of our Man Cave tours, and now Adam finally tells us about the Deadmau5 helmet he bought for Comic-Con. This is a simple piece of cosplay that looks awesome and is practical for walking around conventions!

The Bourne Identity Burn Bag
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 12 - The Bourne Identity Burn Bag

Adam has spent the past couple years assembling replicas of the contents of Jason Bourne's 'go bag' from the Bourne Identity's Swiss bank scene. Learn how he recruited the help of other replica prop enthusiasts to identify the contents of the safe deposit box and what Adam would consider putting in his own go bag.

Master and Commander Uniform
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 13 - Master and Commander Uniform

Adam Savage shows off his Master and Commander costume inspired by his love for the Peter Weir film. And of all the many components to the costume, one unique piece was actually acquired through a fantastic stroke of luck.

C-3PO Protocol Droid
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 14 - C-3PO Protocol Droid

Adam shows off the shiny gold-plated C-3PO that stands in the middle of his workshop. Learn about the process of vacuum metallizing that gave this chrome coating. Believe it or not, there's an interesting story behind it!

Geeking Out about Bits and Bytes
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 15 - Geeking Out about Bits and Bytes

Tested returns to Adam's workshop to geek out about his collection of arcane computer technology. Adam shows off an old IBM bit, byte, and even a massive one gigabyte hard drive from 1981--which weighs 75 pounds.

Learning How To Make Dovetail Joints
Inside Adam Savage's Cave
Ep 16 - Learning How To Make Dovetail Joints

For his latest obsession with the Napoleonic era, Adam is teaching himself how to make dovetail joints to build a personal sea chest. Adam shares with Will what he's learned so far and demonstrates his new carpentry skills.

The Talking Room

Momofuku's David Chang
The Talking Room
Ep 1 - Momofuku's David Chang

Adam Savage presents a new series in which he invites friends for a chat in his home library. In this first episode, chef David Chang of Momofuku and Lucky Peach stops by to talk about the creative process of cooking, running his restaurants, and why MSG gets a bum rap. Two people, one room, one delightful conversation.

Director John Landis
The Talking Room
Ep 2 - Director John Landis

Adam Savage invites friend and director John Landis (Animal House, Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places) to The Talking Room for a lively conversation about filmmaking, creature effects, and behind-the-scene stories from his classic movies.

Artist Tom Sachs
The Talking Room
Ep 3 - Artist Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs is a New York-based sculptor, artist, and maker of wonderful things. His works include meticulously detailed foam core architecture and Space Program: 1:1 scale recreations NASA vehicles and equipment. Join Adam Savage for a conversation with Tom Sachs on the culture of making, contemporary art, Tom's studio environment, and many other shared obsessions.

Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan
The Talking Room
Ep 4 - Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan

Vince Gilligan is a writer, director, and the creator of Breaking Bad. He was a writer and producer on X-Files, and co-created its spinoff, The Lone Gunmen. Join Adam Savage for a conversation with Vince Gilligan, as they discuss the writing in Breaking Bad, the process of running a hit show, and stories from the writers' room.

Writer Damon Lindelof
The Talking Room
Ep 5 - Writer Damon Lindelof

Damon Lindelof is a writer, producer, and television showrunner. He was a co-creator of Lost, and has worked on the screenplays for movies like Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus, Cowboys & Aliens, and the upcoming Tomorrowland. Join Adam for a conversation with Damon Lindelof about screenwriting, collaborating with other writers, and his next television project.

Chef Traci Des Jardins
The Talking Room
Ep 6 - Chef Traci Des Jardins

Adam's guest is Traci Des Jardins, an award-winning chef and restaurateur. Traci was a finalist on Top Chef Masters and a semi-finalist for this year's James Beard award for Outstanding Chef. Adam invited Traci to The Talking Room to talk about her cooking ethos, the challenge of managing restaurants, and her approach to crafting new recipes.

Weathering Tricks

Weathering Tricks
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 2 - Weathering Tricks

Adam Savage shows us how to paint and weather a newly constructed box to make it look like it's something that's been used for decades. In weathering a prop, Adam lets the object reveal its story though dings, scuffs, stickers, and stains.

Strandbeest Model Kit

Strandbeest Model Kit
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 3 - Strandbeest Model Kit

Adam geeks out over a new Japanese model kit of a walking biped machine based on artist Theo Jansen's Strandbeest creations. In building the kit, Adam explains his organization skills and the challenge of deciphering building instructions in a language he can't read.

Hacking a Flashlight for Adam's EDC

Hacking a Flashlight for Adam's EDC
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 4 - Hacking a Flashlight for Adam's EDC

Not too long ago, Adam showed off the contents to his everyday carry, which included his go-to LED pocket flashlight. That flashlight was lost, so Adam needs to replace it with another that has a proud button. That means modifying a flashlight with a recessed button. To the lathe!

Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster

Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 5 - Han Solo's DL-44 Blaster

Adam has constructed a Blade Runner pistol and Indiana Jones' revolver, but not Han Solo's blaster from Star Wars A New Hope. Fortunately, the makers at the Replica Prop Forum have thoroughly researched the details of this prop and have faithfully recreated the components needed to build it. Adam and Norm run through the blaster's signature details and then work together to assemble this iconic space gun.

Traveling Beaver Box

Traveling Beaver Box
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 6 - Traveling Beaver Box

This week, Adam constructs a traveling case for Winston, a dashing beaver that's also the official mascot of The Talking Room. Winston's box needs to be a very specific size to fit in airplane overhead bins, so a little taxidermy surgery is required. Winston goes under the knife!

Adam's Hero Sword

Adam's Hero Sword
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 7 - Adam's Hero Sword

Adam and Norm spend the afternoon geeking out over awesome wooden swords bought at last year's Dragon*Con and then decide to make some modifications to personalize them. This gives Adam a chance to talk about some of his favorite prop-making tools and tricks

Custom Multi-Tool Belt Holster

Custom Multi-Tool Belt Holster
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 8 - Custom Multi-Tool Belt Holster

One of Adam Savage's everyday carries is his favorite multi-tool, the Leatherman Wave. But the leather sheath that comes with the tool is too slow and cumbersome for Adam's needs, so today he makes a custom metal holster based on his own design. In the process, Adam shares several tips for metalworking and introduces a few favorite tools in the Cave's new metal shop.

Barbarella's Space Rifle

Barbarella's Space Rifle
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 9 - Barbarella's Space Rifle

Today's build is a replica of Jane Fonda's iconic Barbarella rifle. The challenge: this iconic sci-fi prop only appeared once, on the cover of a 1968 issue of LIFE Magazine. That's not a lot of reference material to work with!

1/6th Scale Cosmonaut Model Kit

1/6th Scale Cosmonaut Model Kit
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 10 - 1/6th Scale Cosmonaut Model Kit

In this episode of One Day Builds, Adam Savage spends a day at the shop assembling and painting a beautiful 1/6th scale garage kit, based on the fantastical characters of artist Derek Stenning. Adam and Norm each work on their own kit, and Adam teaches us some painting and weathering techniques to bring out the intricate details on this sci-fi cosmonaut figure.

Overlook Hotel Maze Model

Overlook Hotel Maze Model
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 11 - Overlook Hotel Maze Model

Over the span of a month, Adam designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam's more labor-intensive builds in recent memory!

Custom Quadcopter Gear

Custom Quadcopter Gear
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 12 - Custom Quadcopter Gear

Since getting his DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter, Adam has been flying it regularly to learn its abilities as a videography platform. And as he becomes familiar with its operating procedures, Adam can't help but built custom accessories and gear to optimize his flight setup. From flight log notebooks to battery charging racks, we check out some of Adam's specialized flight equipment.

Cylon Models with Battlestar Galactica's Aaron Douglas!

Cylon Models with Battlestar Galactica's Aaron Douglas!
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 13 - Cylon Models with Battlestar Galactica's Aaron Douglas!

In this episode of One Day Builds, Adam is joined in the shop by special guest Aaron Douglas--Battlestar Galactica's Chief Tyrol! While chatting about the show and sharing convention stories, Adam and Aaron work together to assemble and paint several BSG model kits. Who better to help build Cylons than the Chief himself!

Adam Savage's Star Trek Captain's Chair

Adam Savage's Star Trek Captain's Chair
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 14 - Adam Savage's Star Trek Captain's Chair

We're in for a treat today--Adam shares the story of his Star Trek Captain's Chair, which he became obsessed with building from scratch after acquiring an insufficient replica. With the help of friend Jeremy Williams, Adam spends a day wiring in the electronics to bring his new Enterprise command chair to life. After much problem solving and troubleshooting, the effort pays off in a big way!

Improving a Cat Exercise Wheel

Improving a Cat Exercise Wheel
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 15 - Improving a Cat Exercise Wheel

Adam's friend Traci Des Jardins visits the Cave with a challenge: fix and improve her cat's exercise wheel. With some tweaks and swapping out of parts, the giant wheel's operation is greatly improved. It ended up a fun little project that required a bit of problem solving, and Traci's cat got a great workout out of it at the end!

Making a Hand Puppet!

Making a Hand Puppet!
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 17 - Making a Hand Puppet!

Adam Savage is a HUGE fan of puppets. And so a very special One Day Build was conceived when Rick Lyon, creator of the puppets for the Tony award-winning musical Avenue Q, invited Adam to stop by his Newark workshop to design and build his very own puppet. Everyone, please meet Finn!

Ultimate Duck Army

Ultimate Duck Army
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 16 - Ultimate Duck Army

Last month, Adam built his first duck bomb from his duck army. Now that he's recruited more ducks (and some flamingos) to his army, it's time to build the ultimate duck army bomb. Time for a One Day Build!

Replicating 'The Martian' Spacesuit, Part 1: Building Reference

Replicating 'The Martian' Spacesuit, Part 1: Building Reference
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 18 - Replicating 'The Martian' Spacesuit, Part 1: Building Reference

Adam Savage has been granted unprecedented access to one of his favorite movie costumes: the spacesuit from The Martian. Over the course of this year, Adam aims to replicate the spacesuit, keeping as close to the original as possible. The first step is to study and document the prop, creating reference through photos, sketches, patterning, and even photogrammetry!

Custom Puppy Car Seat

Custom Puppy Car Seat
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 19 - Custom Puppy Car Seat

For this week's One Day Build, Adam designs and fabricates an accessory for his new car to make rides more comfortable for his two dogs! Making this doggy car seat is going to require sewing, which lets Adam utilize the cave's new sewing station. Awesome!

Massive Hellboy Sword

Massive Hellboy Sword
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 20 - Massive Hellboy Sword

In this episode of One Day Builds, Adam celebrates one of his favorite comic book characters by bringing a piece of Hellboy's demon-slaying arsenal to life. With a Samaritan pistol already in his collection, Adam takes on the task of building a comic-book-worthy broadsword, complete with charred demon skewered at the tip!

Filing the Files

Filing the Files
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 21 - Filing the Files

This mini-build is actually a pre-build of sorts. In preparation for an upcoming One Day Build, Adam spends a little time in the morning building a new plywood box to organize his mill file collection. The files are taken out of drawers and put in a new system for first-order retrievability. It's time to file the files!

Popcorn Machine with Simone Giertz

Popcorn Machine with Simone Giertz
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 22 - Popcorn Machine with Simone Giertz

This very special One Day Build is an international collaboration with the newest member of the Tested family! Simone Giertz is an amazing maker who builds mesmerizing robots. To build her latest machine, she chats with Adam from her home in Sweden to design a mechanism to deploy popcorn from a helmet. Adam builds some parts in the cave using his trusty vacuum-form machine!

LEGO Sisyphus Automata

LEGO Sisyphus Automata
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 23 - LEGO Sisyphus Automata

Here's a first for Adam: a One Day Build of a custom LEGO set! After spotting Jason Allemann's beautiful automata design, Adam sourced a complete kit to build at the cave. The finished piece comes alive as an animated diorama of the Greek legend!

Foamcore House

Foamcore House
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 24 - Foamcore House

Today's One Day Build is a homecoming for Adam, in a few ways. Using only one type of material and one cutting tool, Adam makes an architectural scale model of the house he grew up in. It's a walk down memory lane, and a return to the basics of building

Iron Giant Bolt

Iron Giant Bolt
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 25 - Iron Giant Bolt

For this One Day Build, Adam digs up a garage kit that he's been looking forward to putting together for a while: a bolt from The Iron Giant! We get to assembling the electronics of the kit, and then Adam and Norm each take different approaches for the painting and finishing

Bear Costume

Bear Costume
Adam Savage's One Day Builds
Ep 28 - Bear Costume

We timewarp back to the week before Comic-Con for this One Day Build, in which Adam builds the head for his grizzly bear costume! Adam explains how he sketched out the design for the character, how he experimented with its forms, and how the suit comes together. But the head is the most important part!

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