Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Custom End Tables!

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Adam reveals his surprise Christmas present for his wife--a set of custom-designed and built bedroom end tables! These cedar tables aren't just a woodworking exercise; they encapsulate all the aesthetic and functional design that Adam has wanted to put into this kind of furniture, including built-in lighting and power outlets. It's a multi-day journey to make the pair of tables in time for Christmas!
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    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s TestedUukausi sitten
    • can a brother get a link to them drawer slides please?

      Dana LaBergeDana LaBerge24 päivää sitten
    • @alpha bravo I was surprised they were 110v not 12v with a transformer. Also the other end of the strip has straight up exposed wire cut off right where your hand might go if you reached up under the drawer front.

      Scott MacLeanScott MacLean25 päivää sitten
    • Glen drake Tite-Mark is micro-adjustable marking gauge 👍

      cchaffin2012cchaffin201229 päivää sitten
    • At 46 minutes in, Adam says he would like a marking gauge that has incremental adjustment. Lee Valley Tools sells a very nice Micro-Adjust Marking Gauge.

      Tim NorrisTim Norris29 päivää sitten
    • Hey Adam fun fact with japanese pull saws, much of the time when cross cutting on thick stock (usually beams) they would be used starting from the underside of the that you are pulling the saw up towards yourself. Also a very good finish that I like especially for table tops is yacht varnish, its a good hard wearing finish and fairly inexpensive.

      David MathiesonDavid Mathieson29 päivää sitten
  • bevel cuts not 45 degrees make them 46 degrees. Then you don't have a split in the middle.

    Morgan FryMorgan FryTunti sitten
  • I agree with you: Having a table saw blade that high is SCARY!

    John DeglerJohn Degler4 tuntia sitten
  • Love it to be honest. Have you ever considered having a date/time stamp in the lower corner for these?

    TheCardolanTheCardolanPäivä sitten
  • You can get 1/4" (5-ply), 1/2" (9-ply), and 3/4" (13-ply) Baltic Birch Ply from most of the woodworking shops like Rockler and Woodcraft. Love the stuff. And I even like using the ply as an accent to my builds with it.

    DesignerDesignerPäivä sitten
  • I love seeing all the other diy bits you have for woodworking. It looks like you and I watch the same FIworld woodworking channels. :)

    DesignerDesignerPäivä sitten
  • Thank you Adam, for blending two of my favorite things on FIworld, woodworking and you. :)

    DesignerDesignerPäivä sitten
  • "count one's chickens (before they hatch)" - paraphrase: don't count accomplishments before they are achieved

    Andre TAndre T2 päivää sitten
  • He has such a nice out feed table on that table saw.

    Andrew LisabethAndrew Lisabeth2 päivää sitten
  • Imaging spilling a cup of coffe on this felt surface. You gonna hate life after that.

  • do you still talk to jamie from mythbusters

    mason emmonsmason emmons3 päivää sitten
  • 18:45 Anybody know if the hands on the top shelf are signing something particular? Could just be random positions, but that would be almost weirder to me...

    Jordan GrantJordan Grant3 päivää sitten
  • the most important items in this cave are electrical tape and gauze...lots of gauze ^^

    The InfidelThe Infidel3 päivää sitten
  • They are called MITER cuts, for the love of god

    Dade MurpheyDade Murphey4 päivää sitten
  • You should work with Nick Offerman

    Alexander MartinezAlexander Martinez4 päivää sitten
  • 1:00:35 I love how Adam just uses noises and whistles instead of words sometimes

    Dave StackpoleDave Stackpole4 päivää sitten
  • Always do the hardest part first...unless the hardest part is a bevel cut.

    Strawberry PrincessStrawberry Princess5 päivää sitten
  • How u cut felt is how I cut leather when I first started making leather goods

    Matt OMatt O5 päivää sitten
  • i was a carpenter, and i miss it so much, and im having such a total nerdgasm from that hunk of cedar! ive had the honor of working with a piece of walnut that size, completely solid, and man i wish i could go back to doing furniture grade carpentry!

    lil washulil washu5 päivää sitten
  • at 28:00 his left index finger was fine, next transition, he hid the wound under a skin colored band aid. And later in the video he must have hurt his index again because it in a giant black tape "bandage", giving up all hope of hiding it to the camera. BUT I NOTICED ! it was hidden in plain sight, and it drove me crazy, I spend an hour finding when it appeared.

    Gone 004Gone 0046 päivää sitten
  • The loud snowplow constitutively stuff because philosophy pathogenetically spark toward a plastic police. eatable, sore story

    Debbie AndrewsDebbie Andrews6 päivää sitten
  • I'm not an electrician but.. could you use a little heat shrink or something on the spades and unused switch terminals please?

    David PearceDavid Pearce6 päivää sitten
  • nightstand?

    Ring ManRing Man7 päivää sitten
  • Gorgeous stuff, Adam. Love your work.

    James FancyJames Fancy7 päivää sitten
  • To say I was devastated when Mythbusters wrapped, would be an understatement. I watched every episode, and owned many specials on DVD. I watched white Rabbit project, and was sad when it ended as well. It felt like something was missing in that show, and I think many other viewers felt the same. It was Adam. His enthusiasm, can-do spirit, and brutal honesty is fun to watch. I just discovered this channel, and was so excited I had to comment! Love what you do, keep up the good work!

    Jade PettusJade Pettus7 päivää sitten
  • The million dollar question. Did she like them,or are they on Craigslist?

    Lyle SlatonLyle Slaton7 päivää sitten
  • Very nice job Adam!!!

    joel hansonjoel hanson8 päivää sitten
  • Anyone else hear a high pitch hum reverb thing during middle of the video as Adam talks? Almost like a blown microphone or something was odd.

    PlasmaburndeathPlasmaburndeath8 päivää sitten
  • that Japanese saw is so sexy

    CD plusCD plus8 päivää sitten
  • Hi Adam, what was your wife’s response to the table, sure she loved them!

    Paul MarottaPaul Marotta8 päivää sitten
  • Love the table, but damn, do I hate felt.

    inkstainedheartsinkstainedhearts9 päivää sitten
  • I wish I had Mr Adams tools....I have literally none of them...but all the enthusiasm

    Chris FosterChris Foster9 päivää sitten
  • A nitrocellulose sanding sealer, several coats sanded in between coats with a fine dry paper then one or two final coats of a indoor spray varnish which is available in many finishes and colors - is the standard method we employ in cabinet making

    Darren-Edward OneillDarren-Edward Oneill9 päivää sitten
  • Greatest....sneeze.....ever

    Chris FosterChris Foster10 päivää sitten
  • Your saw looks see through!!!

    lvd55555lvd5555510 päivää sitten
  • His shop is a mess.

    Saul GoodmanSaul Goodman11 päivää sitten
  • Who the f... downvotes this ??? Does Adam Savage have 100's of ex wives or something???

    Torquil HarknessTorquil Harkness11 päivää sitten
  • you seem to be pushing the Japanese pull saw

    FinishedbarkFinishedbark12 päivää sitten
  • I put these videos on mute, put some music on and just enjoy

    Michael LindsayMichael Lindsay12 päivää sitten
  • Great video, but how you used the table saw scared me!

    James DobsonJames Dobson12 päivää sitten
  • Why not use a quilter's Rotary Cutter for your felt? Would have to be better than a dragging blade.

    SuperFidellaSuperFidella12 päivää sitten
  • 20:34 - I thought Adam was about to launch into a Tom Jones impression.

    RFC3514RFC351412 päivää sitten
  • 3:47 - Or you could use an appropriate saw for that task (that would cut faster, with less effort, and keep your wrist in a more natural and healthy position), like the ones that have been used for centuries by the nations that built the ships that discovered the world, instead of using a Japanese saw designed for completely different work, just because it's fashionable among San Francisco hipsters. ;^) The fact that you had to swap hands (and even use both, at one point) is a hint that you're using the wrong tool for that job.

    RFC3514RFC351412 päivää sitten
  • 0:55 - Yes and no. I mean, you definitely can't do the same horrible, horrible things that you'd do if you were going to make it out of MDF and paint it, but once you start thinking in terms of "proper" woodworking, you can retrofit that to MDF and ply (and probably plastics, too), and it will improve the things you build out of _those_ as well. Quite often, doing things properly (with joinery, and glue, and clamps, and screws) isn't much harder than banging them together with staples and random nails; you just need to order things properly in your mind before starting, and use a few jigs (that you only need to build once). So yeah, it _is_ a different mental space, but it's a mental space where non-real-wood fits fine, too. Just not the other way around.

    RFC3514RFC351412 päivää sitten
  • Miter joints and bevel cuts are a nightmare. That saw stands as proof that they annoyed someone so much that they designed and built a machine to do it for them. Just like all the great tools. Nobody likes doing them except the handful of folks that can just look at the piece, measure where they cut should be, feel the stock to see which way the grain's going, then crank out a million perfect cuts. The rest of us just bust out the machine and hope all the visible sides look right.

    Jamal TaylorJamal Taylor13 päivää sitten
  • 35:24 - comment on how easily a jam clears on this pneumatic nailer, then a scene cut and Adam has a rather significant bandage on his left index finger. WTF?

    Laura WeissLaura Weiss13 päivää sitten
  • Hey Adam, does the felt cutting technique you're using also work for stretchier leather?

    Mr PalindromeMr Palindrome13 päivää sitten
  • They're beautiful, but I don't like that the fronts of the drawers sticks out farther than the legs

    Chantal BellmontChantal Bellmont13 päivää sitten
  • My husband was a carpenter, but seeing someone use a table saw still scares the crap out of me.

    Laura WeissLaura Weiss13 päivää sitten
  • Nice work! The way you build the top with red felt was a nice touch. One thing you didn’t put and today is a must is a wireless charger under the felt! I routed under side of top to except the ring for charger.

    speez plessasspeez plessas13 päivää sitten
  • On cutting the felt. Two words, ROTARY CUTTER. Quilters use them every day for accurate cuts using templates.

    Mark WoodworthMark Woodworth13 päivää sitten
  • Hi Adam. Wood working tip. When you have to resaw a piece of lumber on your table saw that's too thick to cut in a single pass, cut just less than halfway though on each pass. After you've done your two cuts you'll end up with two pieces connected by a thin rib. You can then take the piece and cut the rib out with a hand saw. It's far safer and less likely to lead to a puckered asshole. Also: put the riving knive back on that powermatic.

    TylerLeeds111TylerLeeds11114 päivää sitten
  • I skateboard a lot.....I wish I had an extra leg in case I mess up🤣

    1977NOBODY1977NOBODY14 päivää sitten
  • Beautiful man, just beautiful!!! Again, it is obviously gives you the jizz. And it should.

    Richard H JonesRichard H Jones14 päivää sitten
  • Like Wranglerstar says. Just gives you the jizz!

    Richard H JonesRichard H Jones14 päivää sitten
  • So pleased you chose to use tung oil!!! My favourite finish! Nice tables buddy.

    MSeanMSean14 päivää sitten
  • Why do you use the Japanese hand saw when you use power tools on everything else

    Donald DavisDonald Davis14 päivää sitten
  • On your miters (bevels), you not only need to ensure your blade is correctly 45 to the fence horizontally, but you also need to verify the blade is 90 degree to the fence vertically,. AND you need to make sure your deck is 90 to the fence. ALL of the fence. My DeWalt, on the left had side where the fence can be removed, the fixed part of the fence and the removable part of the fence do not align perfectly. I used masking tape to adjust where it sits when tightened.

    karlt10karlt1014 päivää sitten
  • Bad audio the entire time, but entertaining as hell. If you only slowed down 5%, Adam, you would save yourself 20% time of having to fix things.

    BlackCell22BlackCell2214 päivää sitten
  • Adam, you are distractingly obsessed with your widow's peak. Please either get hair plugs or just let it go

    hypoxidehypoxide15 päivää sitten
  • at 1:02:10 . . . looks like a purr-fessional did that. cool cat. Good Work!

    Robert GraybeardRobert Graybeard15 päivää sitten
  • Are you the only one you can have an intelligent conversation with?

    Kevin OlverKevin Olver15 päivää sitten
  • They turned out fantastic! Very well done, love the felt.

    Jenny M.Jenny M.15 päivää sitten
  • 1:00:39 - Adam channeling his inner Boomhauer?

    Jeff StoutJeff Stout15 päivää sitten
  • I have similar opinions about computer desks. They have always been too small, or the desktop is too low, or the hutch is just too small to fit both of my monitors side by side. A few months ago I took apart a very old cedar playset that wasn't safe anymore, sanded down the nicer boards, and repurposed them into a leaning ladder style desk/hutch/bookcase, and finished it with a beeswax/linseed oil coat that gave the cedar a beautiful golden warmth. All I had was a japanese saw, a drill, and a belt sander, but sometimes you've just gotta solve the problem yourself.

    ToshleyToshley15 päivää sitten
  • Adam and his crazy hair looks like the Mad Doctor 😂😂 Awesome work , like always dude. Cheers

    alek vodkaalek vodka15 päivää sitten
  • All that work and I feel like your partner will say, It's kind of loud when you open it and the light comes on. :D

    David BeckerDavid Becker16 päivää sitten
  • You really should be wearing a respirator when working with Cedar. it is bad for your lungs.

    Nick LarsonNick Larson16 päivää sitten
  • Adam's planer is too efficient for me. I love seeing all the wood shavings fly off

    PlatinumPlatinum16 päivää sitten
  • That has to be the worst handling of a table saw I've ever seen. oh my lord..

    auduguaudugu16 päivää sitten
  • Mrs. "Don't Try This" - Wonder how many times she has said that to you, then had the first aid ready for you on your return.

    eukaryoneukaryon16 päivää sitten
  • The design would make a cool chess table if you used a black and white checkerboard felt square on the top, some kind of insert in the drawer for the pieces.

    reliquancyreliquancy16 päivää sitten
  • Get a better miter box. Problem solved. 🙂

    L Robbinz Jr.L Robbinz Jr.17 päivää sitten
  • Dude, Mr. S., very nice work, sir.

    bluemalamutebluemalamute17 päivää sitten
  • Adam working these 6*6s looks like an elf working on 4*4s

    Alexander KrausAlexander Kraus17 päivää sitten
  • I missed where the bandaid became a papertowel and black gaffers tape on the finger. Which tool was it? Table saw? Planer? Bandsaw? Mortiser?

    Stephen JenkinsStephen Jenkins17 päivää sitten
  • If I need an accurate miter, I cut it on the table saw with a sled. David at MakeSomething has a good video on this:

    Kurtis BurmeisterKurtis Burmeister17 päivää sitten
  • The trials and tribulations of furniture making. I struggle with mitered corners, too. I complain about my inability to create a good miter while everyone else tells me how beautiful the finished product is. Those are beautiful end tables. Thanks, John

    John BazaarJohn Bazaar17 päivää sitten
  • The sneeze at 9:35 😂😂😂

    Russell JonesRussell Jones17 päivää sitten
  • Do you have an opinion on European "Combo" machines? Like a woodworking all in one bench I'm told

    Lon JohnsonLon Johnson17 päivää sitten
  • :))

    Traffic LightTraffic Light17 päivää sitten
  • You got a love the craftsmanship on the end tables it really looks like a professional did it

    R4L69 nationR4L69 nation17 päivää sitten
  • Im genuinely impressed by ur straight cut with that Japanese saw

    Christian CreightonChristian Creighton17 päivää sitten
  • Adam, loved watching this build. I have a question though, how do you ensure correct alignment of the drawer runners on all plains? As they break after a while if this is out of true. Keep building Dude as you're keeping me sane 👍

    Duke Builds'emDuke Builds'em17 päivää sitten
  • Yeezums - Adam needs a riving knife on that table saw! Or splitters. That is scary.

    Eli BrownEli Brown18 päivää sitten
  • sounds like I'm closing a door in Minecraft

    Mantis TobagganMantis Tobaggan18 päivää sitten
  • lets see how many times he'll say, "Don't cut through on the first cut."

    AgentWash117AgentWash11718 päivää sitten
  • Should have used Odie's Oil from ToolsToday for the finish. Still looks great!!

    Prashanth ShanbhagPrashanth Shanbhag18 päivää sitten
  • If you're cutting felt or fabric that stretches and moves as you cut, a rotary cutter works pretty good.

    creepazecreepaze18 päivää sitten
  • it is either mid century or craftsman style not both.

    Blaine DrayerBlaine Drayer18 päivää sitten
  • I think we have a different definition of "End Table" and "Night Stand"

    Nate BeckNate Beck18 päivää sitten
  • Adam: “So it’ll be a little *whistle* *whistle* *whistle* *whistle* *whistle* with a little *tweedle* *tweedle* right there and a *vvvvvvvv* right there into the thing” Me: Ahhh, yes I understand now. Perfect explaination!

    billy bob jimsonbilly bob jimson18 päivää sitten
  • Adam (sees anything he builds) "(Laughs hysterically) I have done it again!" lol love to see the childlike excitement on his face. I get the same way my wife has no idea what it feels like to do something yourself.

    BiggySteve18BiggySteve1818 päivää sitten
  • waer some ear protection! you insane but gorgeus man!

    KranchmanKranchman18 päivää sitten
  • Funny coincidence, I'm in my wood working shop right now, I often have something on FIworld going, usually music, but auto play will bring me to other things. Anyway, I was just drilling into some red cedar and thinking to myself how much I love working with it simply because it smells so good. Good stuff! 2:00

    Tim SawyerTim Sawyer18 päivää sitten
  • I to hate bevel cuts! Thank you I thought I was alone!

    bburns221987bburns22198719 päivää sitten
  • I talk to myself because sometimes I need expert advice.

    BabyMakRBabyMakR19 päivää sitten
  • These are very cool, Adam. I hope your wife was delighted by them, and that they serve you both well for many many years to come. Thank you for sharing your process with us all.

    David LindesDavid Lindes19 päivää sitten
  • Adam, I'm sooooooooooooo jealous of your table saw and planer!

    TheRealKirkHammettTheRealKirkHammett19 päivää sitten
  • hey..... where i n the hell are the CC for your vids????

    fritzz1fritzz119 päivää sitten