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One Day Prop Build
February 14, 2013 11:47 AM   Subscribe

Watch Mefi's Own™ asavage create a carrying case for his Blade Runner Blaster in just a single day.
posted by tocts (26 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
...and here I am just sticking mine down the front of my pants like a sucker!

(This is awesome and whatever that tool he's using at 18:18 is, I want one.)
posted by griphus at 12:01 PM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is cool.

I wish I had a workshop.
posted by 2bucksplus at 12:03 PM on February 14, 2013


Well, if I had a full workshop...and a lot of training and practice in using the machines, and training and practice in designing a thing I want to build....I still probably wouldn't be able to do this in a day.

This is neat.
posted by rtha at 12:05 PM on February 14, 2013


Oh man, I was just watching a Blade Runner clip the other day and was reminded of how amazing that gun is. I have to say though a lot of it is the situation and the lighting - no prop is ever the same under fluorescents or in a glass case.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:11 PM on February 14, 2013


That's the Portable Band Saw. One of the best tools EVER.
posted by asavage at 12:13 PM on February 14, 2013 [12 favorites]


i would totally buy a pejazzled version of this
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:25 PM on February 14, 2013


The detail that's giving me glee is that he's got the round mirror from the enhance scene on the wall.
posted by sixohsix at 12:29 PM on February 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


I wouldn't need the portable band saw to lose a finger. There's any number of tools there I could lose a finger on I could use a jigsaw for this, but the moment I did the jigsaws kerf would actually make my finger and hand far apart enough that my health care couldn't cover it.

It would be simple enough to use the Dewalt drill to punch through my watch. Ignite my pants with that blowtorch.
Couple weeks I could build this box easy.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:38 PM on February 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


I really really hope that the table saw is turned off at about the 2:08 mark, while he's casually slinging a measuring tape around with his bare hand a mere couple inches away from the blade. Or maybe he's just a lot less fearful around powerful cutting tools than I am (which wouldn't be difficult).
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:39 PM on February 14, 2013


I really enjoyed watching this, and this isn't the kind of thing I expect to enjoy watching.
posted by Evstar at 12:41 PM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


You know what I really envy about that shop? Room for multiple assembly tables. I'm building a set of Glastonbury chairs and every time I want to work on a different component or use a workstation I haven't used in a while I end up carrying all the other components to different spaces in the shop. Again. Sigh.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 12:55 PM on February 14, 2013


This was very entertaining and inspiring. I was watching it as I was wireframing something for a client, and now my wireframe looks more like vintage plans for a zeppelin. Super cool!

I like the way Adam works; I think we learned our trades in similar ways, so it's nice to see someone who still does things by feel lots of the time, gets amazing results, and is lauded by their peers. Huzzah!
posted by littlerobothead at 1:02 PM on February 14, 2013


I am nowhere near this skill level, but having lots of work tables is definitely key. I have 40' of workbench and a couple of 3 x 6 tables--and it all still fills magically with crap.
posted by maxwelton at 2:30 PM on February 14, 2013


I wish I had a workshop.

You live in SF - join a hackerspace!
posted by Mars Saxman at 2:31 PM on February 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


or techshop
posted by matt_od at 2:56 PM on February 14, 2013


If you enjoyed this, you might also dig a series on Tested that just started following my favorite prop builder Volpin as he constructs the Needler from the Halo series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 3:42 PM on February 14, 2013


He handles a jigsaw in the way that I know I shouldn't
posted by mattoxic at 5:03 PM on February 14, 2013


Has Adam participated on this site recently? Did I drive him away by joking about the Billy Joel video he was in?

Adam, I'm sorry.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 5:19 PM on February 14, 2013


Bunny Ultramod, he commented upthread.
posted by mollymayhem at 5:34 PM on February 14, 2013


My favorite part is around 29:55 where the kid goes to grab the custom ammo case to exam in and Adam won't let it go out of his hands, you can tell he spent a lot of time on it and doesn't want that damn kid touching it, haha.
posted by banished at 5:46 PM on February 14, 2013


Bunny Ultramod, he commented upthread.

Whew.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:49 PM on February 14, 2013


That. Was. Awesome.

Thanks for posting this, tocts.

Thanks for building this, asavage.

Maybe if I had a camera crew following me around I'd have that little bit of extra motivation to finish some of my own projects . . . .
posted by soundguy99 at 8:30 PM on February 14, 2013


This was mesmerizing and I loved watching it. Thank you. I wish there could be television like this.
posted by stephennelson at 10:36 PM on February 14, 2013


ARGH! Careful, dude.. Yikes.
posted by Chuckles at 10:58 PM on February 14, 2013


Totally agree with the conclusion of the video: we need a whole extra segment to cover the weathering techniques.

(I think a smoked mirror behind the gun would look pretty cool, too)
posted by ShutterBun at 3:12 AM on February 15, 2013


The stationary bandsaw--what brand is that?
posted by LarryC at 9:44 AM on February 15, 2013


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