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Adam Savage Reorganizes His Workshop's Material Storage!

It's a task we all put off doing in our workshops, but it's about time for Adam to inventory, resupply, and reorganize his shop's material storage wall! Just as his tool storage reflects his build philosophy and workflows, material storage is just as important and needs the same attention to detail. And in this cleanup and organization process, Adam reflects on how his builds have evolved and what materials he's gravitated more towards over the past year. Let's hang out in this shop infrastructure day and please share how you keep your build materials organized in your own shops!
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  1. Michael McAdams

    Michael McAdams

    4 päivää sitten

    I like how you said "you can't save everything" 😂 my dad was a tinkerer and rebuilder of antiques and other collectibles. When I cleaned out his shop... He saved everything. 🤣

  2. Billy Madlener

    Billy Madlener

    5 päivää sitten

    I love these shop reorganization/ 1 day builds!!!

  3. Chris Manuel

    Chris Manuel

    6 päivää sitten

    That storage went from "what the fuck is that mess?" to "material storage". Much better!

  4. Zane Adams

    Zane Adams

    7 päivää sitten

    Year plus later... "covid" excuse... makes me laugh.

  5. Rob Meyer

    Rob Meyer

    7 päivää sitten

    Do you own your shop or rent?

  6. Shawn Mayo

    Shawn Mayo

    7 päivää sitten

    what was that first time lapse video's song?

  7. martin krstevski

    martin krstevski

    8 päivää sitten

    new miling mashine ????

  8. Altaree1


    8 päivää sitten

    Anyone else inspired to go clean the garage now?

  9. crappymeal


    8 päivää sitten

    was talking about this yesterday comparing shop organisation like this to organisation of legal law books and regulations. you can only organise to a certain level and some things will never fit in one place

  10. Mark Aramaki

    Mark Aramaki

    9 päivää sitten

    You have inspired me...I have to follow your lead.

  11. GameSnippetsUK


    10 päivää sitten

    The problem is only solved for now... Thanks, I needed to be reminded of this as someone currently organising the scientific stores at work. People are naturally messy, they have places to be and things to do! I've seen managers expecting perfect cleanliness but that won't last, but a good system will help

  12. Bo Han

    Bo Han

    10 päivää sitten

    Adam I love how you can go from very deep talking about a budist teacher to an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression

  13. M W

    M W

    10 päivää sitten

    I could watch you organize your shop for hours....... I on the other hand am slacking in organizing mine... it’s gunner to watch you do it

  14. Thrakkorzog Read

    Thrakkorzog Read

    11 päivää sitten

    Adam, you have to make a FItop Channel where you synchronize the time lapse music to the motorized pocket knife. and show nothing but the pocket knife. Way better than HypnoFrog! You do pick good stuff for Time Lapse!

  15. Darkbirdy


    11 päivää sitten

    Your infrastructure videos are often my favorites. I have a very small workspace, and making it function at all within the space I have is a constant challenge. Understanding how others - especially those for whom it is a profession - approach theirs is invaluable. One of my favorite things to do has been to load up Tested VR and pause after each of the different artisans' segments has a cut, then just look around their shops and see how they approach things.

  16. Northern Tempest

    Northern Tempest

    11 päivää sitten

    I moved on the day this aired. I only got around to watching this 6 days later. I get Adam's organizational pains.

  17. unclebobthe1


    11 päivää sitten

    Sir. Time to remembrance the crew cut. Just avoid all gas filled fish tanks.

  18. Nick O

    Nick O

    11 päivää sitten

    Hes like Doc from back to the future

  19. Michael Valdez

    Michael Valdez

    11 päivää sitten

    i accept mdf a nd ldf donations!

  20. Jon Moore

    Jon Moore

    11 päivää sitten

    you know Adam is absolutely loaded when he can buy that much new wood... delivered to his door. the Man is just flexing now.

  21. Chem Cody

    Chem Cody

    12 päivää sitten

    The Swiss Army Knife was dancing to your music during the time lasp shot! Love it!

  22. Donald Dennis

    Donald Dennis

    12 päivää sitten

    I saw a First Aid sign in this video. I would love Adam to do a segment on Essential First Aid and Emergency equipment on a future segment. What did he have on hand, or wish he had on hand, when he damaged his finger last year?

  23. Eliot Brown

    Eliot Brown

    12 päivää sitten

    What? NOT done a "silent retreat?' What are those time lapse periods?

  24. Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson

    12 päivää sitten

    Hi Adam, I know what you mean about getting your shop a good tidy once in a while. And I had a lot of electronic stuff for a long while and one day I said to my self I can not be a custodian of this stuff and I had to let go and when I did, I felt a great relief that I did do that. Not only that , but I dumped four bookcases of books with the bookcases and I freed a lot of area so now I have room to put up my stereo center and other things I meant to do but was too lazy to do it. You can not hang on to everything in your shop and it will feel too cluttered after a while, so at least once a year, give your shop a good tidy and you will feel glad because of it. Too much stuff in your shop makes you feel weighed down and you got to let go. Sincerely, Robert

  25. ericdage


    12 päivää sitten

    My shop organisation process is mostly moving the mess around to clear a working spot, until that spot become the mess receiving area, for a different project.

  26. Greg Carroll

    Greg Carroll

    12 päivää sitten

    How (or do) you store larger pieces, say 4'x4'? I like the idea of vertical cubbies and these appear to be about 2' deep but I'm always struggling to store larger pieces. Maybe I need to accept cutting it down for storage and buying a full sheet when I need something bigger. Great timing on this video, I was just contemplating managing this paradox in my garage.

  27. Elliot Flowers

    Elliot Flowers

    13 päivää sitten

    No tengo talento pero fuerza eso siempre vasss!

  28. Aarne Miettinen

    Aarne Miettinen

    13 päivää sitten

    The swiss army knife is dancing to the timelapse music

  29. J K

    J K

    13 päivää sitten

    Man I could use that 1/4in plywood. saving scraps/ cut off scan be worth it, getting the most use out of your initial material investment… however you should regularly go through and get rid of what you know you can live without. You can either set it out for your neighbors to possibly use, or give it to a schools wood shop or a makers center. And if you ever are coming near the Sacramento area I could definitely put it to use. If my back could handle the drive, I’d come to you. There’s also Veteran groups that do some woodcarving and woodworking. I haven’t had time to look for one near me since we moved here but I will soon. Dang it I wish I was a buddy of yours just to BS and help out with this sort of stuff. And be able to take some of that material off your hands.

  30. YokaiByte


    13 päivää sitten

    Not sure if anyone else has suggested this or not... Nevertheless, you should sell your fat builds. Start a web site or something and put them up for auction. Half of the money could go to a charity 🤔

  31. flying0graysons


    13 päivää sitten

    That's some great editing

  32. Michael Berthelsen

    Michael Berthelsen

    13 päivää sitten

    Adam, did you touch the live T-Rex fence again?!😠😝

  33. Andrew Harrod

    Andrew Harrod

    13 päivää sitten

    How to limit your scrap pile is to have a fire pit.

  34. Jon Selman

    Jon Selman

    14 päivää sitten

    Three most-used tools in my shop: Cabinet Saw, Dust Collector and Fire Pit.

  35. Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    14 päivää sitten

    Time to buzz that head, bro it just looks ridiculous!

  36. Lawson Reinsch

    Lawson Reinsch

    14 päivää sitten

    Props to Norman for syncing the time lapse music to the Swiss Army Knife movement. :)

  37. Snapski Music

    Snapski Music

    14 päivää sitten

    Better've washed your paw after sneezing into it, mister!

  38. Michael Shick

    Michael Shick

    14 päivää sitten

    You need to make Bird houses out of your scrap😂

  39. yourpalborno


    14 päivää sitten

    Why does the mill look so different? Is that new? I’m I just making that up?

  40. Gb w

    Gb w

    14 päivää sitten

    Hi Adam, how do you take care fire extinguishers? Do you have some kind of system in place?

  41. Beyond the Box

    Beyond the Box

    14 päivää sitten

    WHY DONT YOU EXPLAIN HOW YOU STOLE MY LIGHTSABER PROJECT LAST YEAR, WANT EVIDENCE? HERE YOU GO twitter.com/beyondthabox/status/1389647325962727425?s=21

  42. Joe Blow

    Joe Blow

    14 päivää sitten

    All those wood products can be placed into the green compost bin and it cost nothing to dispose of. As for building materials you might want to look at 1X6 pine boards (fence board grade) sold in homeless despot (Home Depot) at this time sold for $1.55 each compared to other sheet goods that have skyrocketed in cost. This change of building material will allow you to practice more with solid wood to build up your skills with woodworking jointery. Pine is superior in strength compared to particle board or medium density fiberboard and can be used to build stronger shelving and storage bins.

  43. Karl Izaak Newman

    Karl Izaak Newman

    14 päivää sitten

    He's drunk

  44. Steven DelVecchio

    Steven DelVecchio

    14 päivää sitten

    I Love that the big Swiss Army knife in the upper left corner moves in time with the music.

  45. Garrett Scott

    Garrett Scott

    14 päivää sitten

    The Swiss army knife is moving to the beat of the overlay music.

  46. Jeremy Rager

    Jeremy Rager

    14 päivää sitten

    I have never in my life heard someone refer to Masonite as an exotic. :-)

  47. Melvin Grassel

    Melvin Grassel

    14 päivää sitten

    The Swiss Army knife keeps pretty good time.

  48. Rebecca Abram

    Rebecca Abram

    14 päivää sitten

    How about discovering about 6-7 bins of various fabric pieces while mucking out your storage. A local re-enactor swap meet LOVED us the following month

  49. dean jordan

    dean jordan

    14 päivää sitten

    Don't fall in love w your materials. Best piece of advice i ever received. . .

  50. Roland Dean

    Roland Dean

    14 päivää sitten

    REALLY want to see MORE OF YOUR WOODWORKING!!! please :)

  51. Chris Barrett

    Chris Barrett

    14 päivää sitten

    I've just watched 20 minutes of a grown man tidying his playroom, and enjoyed every second of it :D

  52. Garrett Parsons

    Garrett Parsons

    14 päivää sitten

    Love the knife dancing to the music!

  53. NW


    14 päivää sitten

    Adam, can you throw some links for where you get your plywood?

  54. Dustin Cover

    Dustin Cover

    14 päivää sitten

    GOD, You've remained such an inspiration to my mindset for so long that time just seems to vanish. I'm coming up on my 28th birthday this year, and it seems like every week I've pushed to learn something new with your incredible value for knowledge always in the back of my head. WHY NOT understand fiberglass, and I SHOULD work with masonry this week, and YES I do need to know how everything I encounter works. I truly hope to meet you one day, the things you've created have remained inspirational due to your methodology and amazing outcomes.

  55. WorldBlast


    14 päivää sitten

    Sometimes you just need to toss all your scrap and start over

  56. Scott R. Hampton

    Scott R. Hampton

    14 päivää sitten

    Two things... @ 5:40... did Adam blow his nose... and the editor kept it in, or was that part of the music track? Second, where does the editor get the incredible music tracks from? I love the music for the time lapse!

  57. Jakobman76


    14 päivää sitten

    If you get ride of all the scrap you'll never build a armor suit in a cave with a box of scrap.

  58. Todd McKernan

    Todd McKernan

    14 päivää sitten

    @6:00 anyone else notice the music is perfectly timed with the swiss army clock?

  59. EJFXxx


    14 päivää sitten

    as long as I get my moneys worth out of a piece of wood, I have no problem trashing scraps

  60. shaydeinsun


    14 päivää sitten

    This is just a humble flex. Look at all that wood! This man rich

  61. Linda Muvic

    Linda Muvic

    14 päivää sitten

    Did you ever watch Julius Sumner Miller’s old physics demonstrations, he was the MYTHBUSTER 45 years before the MYTHBUSTERS, look him up absolutely genius physics demos.

  62. Tracey Twaddle

    Tracey Twaddle

    14 päivää sitten

    A great place for the little scraps of wood, foam core board etc to go to are preschools where they do wood projects learning how to drive in nails/screws ( wood) and art projects (foam core etc)

  63. Jason Manuse

    Jason Manuse

    14 päivää sitten

    How one person acquires so much stuff to put in one space is beyond me. I’m an organization nut and that shop hurts my brain

    • Stettafire


      13 päivää sitten


  64. Jay LeSage

    Jay LeSage

    14 päivää sitten

    I literally stressed out over the cleansing of material in my garage today. And as nerd hobbyist and a new homeowner, I relate and learned so much from this and all your videos. Adam, you are seriously my hero. I struggle daily with my IT job and look forward to coming home and watching your videos, from lego builds, cosplay creations, or just methods of thinking to make my life as a creator better. I hope this comment make is way you you personally because you really are an inspiration and you bring light, hope and drive to the creative brain I have stuck in an office job. I wish I could afford to be your patron because you really are my hero. Every video you make has a lesson to be learned, regardless of specific subject matter. Never stop. I can only imagine there are many more like me. We need you. Thanks. Jay. Jedi.

  65. jbreezy101


    14 päivää sitten

    Can u do a video describing your time on space cowboys?

  66. KasumiRieko


    14 päivää sitten

    Mom: Go clean your room! Kid: Can't, I'm watching Adam clean his.

  67. murk1e


    15 päivää sitten

    Someone picked music to sync very closely to the Swiss Army knife. Well done, that person.

  68. Keith Strickland

    Keith Strickland

    15 päivää sitten

    Nice to see that like me, he has to clean up to make space before for making a mess.

  69. projekt6


    15 päivää sitten

    So satisfying.... I've been trying to clear out and organize my garage for a while and every time I start to stall in the project, another one of your videos like this comes around and gets me feeling like I need to get back to it again. I'll be working on it again tomorrow night (because hockey tonight).

  70. Jamie Craighead

    Jamie Craighead

    15 päivää sitten

    Don't know when this was shot, but at current prices, Adam could have bought every Patron a house in Malibu with the wood he gave away.

  71. FishNDoogie


    15 päivää sitten

    I'm looking forward to your pliers storage solution.

  72. skezus


    15 päivää sitten

    That sound was the Mission District dying from gentrificaiton

  73. Captian Morgan

    Captian Morgan

    15 päivää sitten

    14:05 Any ideas as to what that is? Dinosaur part?

  74. Guy L.

    Guy L.

    15 päivää sitten

    Adama is a rich man in 2021, he has a healthy supply of building materials including plywood!

  75. Mark Snyder

    Mark Snyder

    15 päivää sitten

    If anyone attempts to Marie Kondo my hand tools, they better be prepared to lose limbs. I may reorganize and even reduce what I keep in the prime access areas, but lesser-used hand tools just go into deeper storage (labeled drawers) so I can get them if and when I need them. Many of my tools are very old or antiques, so I know that they have a long shelf life.

  76. 🧰📐🛠JamesP🔧⚙☘


    15 päivää sitten

    🤣This swiss knife display is dancing to the music on time lapse.🤣🤣

  77. Who-Soul


    15 päivää sitten

    4:48 COVID-19 ALERT!!!

  78. jacob122590


    15 päivää sitten

    Why clean my shop when I can watch Adam Savage clean his?! 😆

  79. Wes Smith

    Wes Smith

    15 päivää sitten

    LOL, problems are not solved, only managed. LOL

  80. jvagrusa


    15 päivää sitten

    I think he needs to buy or make a small industrial shredder! Tossing all those scraps in it would be fun and not fill up the trash.

  81. Kathleen Roberts

    Kathleen Roberts

    15 päivää sitten

    Swissie sure is boogie-ing and with the plywood, I would put the stuff I don't use much, I'd put behind the tablesaw

  82. Christian Poynter

    Christian Poynter

    15 päivää sitten

    "I bought a whole bunch of new 1/2" plywood..." That sounds nice.

  83. Rognivald


    15 päivää sitten

    It's not a problem to solve it's a paradox to manage - that's briliant! Also fits to my girlfriend, work, well whole life :-D

  84. Adrian Catwell

    Adrian Catwell

    15 päivää sitten

    Adam been upstaged by a arm knife what is the world coming to lol But my storage is coming along nicely The storage broker is watching

  85. rob steales Lockpicking musical mystery Cure.

    rob steales Lockpicking musical mystery Cure.

    15 päivää sitten

    Watching u walk around reminds me of why I'm a huge I'd urs adm he the best builder

  86. End of the Trail Outdoors & Arts

    End of the Trail Outdoors & Arts

    15 päivää sitten

    Adam makes sound, Adam completely in shock from sound

  87. William Blakers

    William Blakers

    15 päivää sitten

    Has Adam done a show and tell about his new mill yet ?

  88. Eric Burdo

    Eric Burdo

    15 päivää sitten

    At around 10 minutes... the Swiss Army knife movements are almost perfectly synced with the music. It looks like it's dancing.

  89. havabeer1


    15 päivää sitten

    @16:08 clean our your shop once a year, look how good the storage is.... Looks in the back ground to see the whole faber castle factory of pencils and tons of just random materials

  90. Steven Kelley

    Steven Kelley

    15 päivää sitten

    Need plywood? What type of loan would you prefer sir?

  91. gvndual84


    15 päivää sitten


  92. Reyn Adsett

    Reyn Adsett

    15 päivää sitten

    The Victorinox pocket knife display was ALMOST in time for the music, lol.

  93. Luke Gunia

    Luke Gunia

    15 päivää sitten

    Now can you wait long enough for the price of plywood to settle down.

  94. NotAvailable


    15 päivää sitten

    What even is the tested business model?

  95. Lenny Bucharski

    Lenny Bucharski

    15 päivää sitten

    A shop is a living organism. it is never right it changes just when you get use to the way it is. One new tool or item will change the way things are.

  96. Richard Rejmer

    Richard Rejmer

    15 päivää sitten

    Oooh. . at the beginning of the clip. . Behind Adam's head. . Something that looks like a hook, made of wire. . Dangling at *EYE GOUGING HEIGHT!* .

  97. Stephen Turner

    Stephen Turner

    15 päivää sitten

    That gave my head a lot of peace to watch. 😊😊 You're right about not being able to keep everything. I've been going mad holding onto vegetable containers, yogurt tubs, etc. for my garden and seeds. I've piles that aren't in any order and no visible spaces to just stack them into. This is just a kick in the backside to get more work done on that. Great sneezes by the way 👏🤣 when you get full body reactions they're always good. I'm so glad you swept your floor. It was making me feel sneezy too.

  98. JESC Biotank Supreme

    JESC Biotank Supreme

    15 päivää sitten

    A shop is a journey where the end result is only a great experience... peace out ✌️

  99. JESC Biotank Supreme

    JESC Biotank Supreme

    15 päivää sitten

    It’s your shop so it’s your call, coming from a shared garage where space is limited... can’t wait to have my own shop to store all my “useless crap” many things have a purpose just not right now

  100. charlie9ine


    15 päivää sitten

    I’m sorry Adam but I just don’t see you getting even partly through a silent anything