Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Foamcore House!

  • Published on Apr 21, 2016
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    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 builds an architectural scale model of the house he grew up in. It's a walk down memory lane, and a return to modelmaking basics!
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  • Adam Savage’s Tested
    Adam Savage’s Tested  3 months ago +9

    Find a bonus clip from this week's build here:

    • George D
      George D 10 days ago

      Would love to see it painted and furnished, maybe with a little Adam at his work bench making a little model like this. 🤔🙂

    • 김영성
      김영성 20 days ago

      @Éric Obed Cuascut Pérez ㄷㅊㅌ ㄷㅊㅌ

    • Numberjack Fiutro
      Numberjack Fiutro Month ago

      That's a great use for a time machine, to go back in time and buy a large house at a bargain price!

    • Éric Obed Cuascut Pérez
      Éric Obed Cuascut Pérez 3 months ago

      I would love to see u teach us how to make a small battery fog machine. Very useful for some cosplays

  • Jayson Yoon
    Jayson Yoon Day ago +1

    He was born into a rich ass family

  • CleanYo Screen
    CleanYo Screen Day ago

    i thought since wall thickness is usually 4 inches which is 101.6 mm and foamcore is usually 5mm the scale would be 1:20th

  • TJ Southam
    TJ Southam 2 days ago

    I’d love to see more builds like this! You have a whole chapter for cardboard in your book - so I’d love to see your process.

  • Ashton Gilbert
    Ashton Gilbert 2 days ago +1

    6:11 A hot glue gun, HOT?! Never realized...

  • Gauge Brady
    Gauge Brady 4 days ago

    My first stitches were from the straight blade exacto knife 12 stitches in my thumb

  • Monagirl Jones
    Monagirl Jones 7 days ago

    Thank you

  • Robert Schaefer
    Robert Schaefer 11 days ago

    I personally despise foam core. It ruins scalpel blades so fast and is so messy. Not sure how you deal with it

  • TECsta
    TECsta 12 days ago

    Should've used a ruler to trace/mark out those lines...

  • Anowar Hossen
    Anowar Hossen 12 days ago

    So Nich

  • macroevolve
    macroevolve 16 days ago

    1-2-3 blocks was the first thing I made on a mill (manual Bridgeport) in machining school.

  • macroevolve
    macroevolve 16 days ago

    The incredibly shrinking man would have liked this to hide from the animals

  • EndSpire
    EndSpire 17 days ago


  • Hotel CharliHill
    Hotel CharliHill 17 days ago

    It's always nice to see someone come from such humble beginnings and become so successful not because they had a network through their wealthy parents but because of their own hard work and a few lucky breaks.

  • Brisdad53
    Brisdad53 17 days ago

    We paid 5 cents for pencils at the student store in junior high, 12 cents for the original Bic pens (called Bic Crystal, it cost's 30 cents today on Amazon). For those unfamiliar, a Blackwing pencil costs $2.

  • KachZz
    KachZz 17 days ago

    1:13 I didn't know Adam grew up in Subnautica

  • 14zer0zer0
    14zer0zer0 18 days ago +1

    Dude, your childhood house was huge.
    In before "house for ants" comments.

  • Ali Hassan
    Ali Hassan 19 days ago +1

    where from we can get Hard paper that used in Model making.

  • Ali Hassan
    Ali Hassan 19 days ago

    where from we can get Hard paper that used in Model making.

    • Ajay anisetti
      Ajay anisetti 18 days ago

      Ali Hassan any craft store. It’s called foam core

    PRINCE PRADEEP 20 days ago

    U will get money for this

  • Radomír Cita
    Radomír Cita 21 day ago

    Bohemians? Are you partially czech?

  • mighty thor
    mighty thor 21 day ago

    Wwooo its a mansion ..... its humungus house ...

  • B Henry
    B Henry 21 day ago +19

    Damn. That scale model is bigger than my actual house I live in now.

  • destrocrimson
    destrocrimson 22 days ago

    yo rich kid.

  • Umesh Patil
    Umesh Patil 25 days ago

    How many amount goes to built this home

  • Odin Oldman
    Odin Oldman 25 days ago

    Pre designed

  • cKSoFLy
    cKSoFLy 26 days ago +4

    So funny I was thinking exactly that.....ADAM WAS A RICH KID! Billiards room he says. Lol

  • grennyfell97
    grennyfell97 27 days ago +1

    And now its what... 4-8 years of middle class salary? :(

  • DWORLD 2019
    DWORLD 2019 27 days ago

    A fellow New Yorker. I knew there was a reason that I love you so much! 😅 At first, I thought it was the beard. 🧐😁🤫🤣🤣🤣🖤✌️

  • Rodolfo Flores
    Rodolfo Flores 28 days ago

    is it ok to glue the floor plans to the foam board

  • Kexmonster
    Kexmonster 28 days ago

    Don't be the cause of someone having to get stiches from an improperly disposed of exacto blade. Throw them in soda cans so you can be the cause of critical internal bleedings instead!

  • HowDo ILogin
    HowDo ILogin Month ago

    There are only 2 genders and they are tied to biological sex.

  • Jason B
    Jason B Month ago

    Awesome work! You grew up in an amazing home. Where do you store all the things you make?
    I’m thinking of doing this to help me with my condo, good thing is it won’t take to long or need much foam board lol.
    I always image how great it must have been to buy a nice big home for so cheap back in the day. I live in Toronto and a small to medium size house cost 1million, it’s ridiculous.

  • AFG Shahee
    AFG Shahee Month ago

    What is the name of foam please

  • Kumara Guru
    Kumara Guru Month ago

    My favorite work.. It's all about architecture modal.. Doing roof will be awesome..

  • MrArcher0
    MrArcher0 Month ago

    I can tell by the model they weren’t rich.
    A. It was cardboard
    B. It didn’t have a roof.
    C. 😁

  • Mike Upton
    Mike Upton Month ago

    Interesting to see what Adam and Flite Test could collaborate on.

  • videogalore
    videogalore Month ago

    This explains why I had such a challenge when I built a house at 1:100 with balsa wood, including doors! :D

  • jubileetube13
    jubileetube13 Month ago

    you could also use carbon tranfer paper

  • Reaphas
    Reaphas Month ago

    Clean model but not well cut edges

  • Jason Appleby
    Jason Appleby Month ago

    So a rule at Adams house is dont drink from random soda cans

  • Leinard Esteves
    Leinard Esteves Month ago

    Adam savage, kind of an architect, carpenter, metal forger, artist, tailor, industrial designer, fabricator. Is there nothing he can’t do

  • TeddyBear Kisses
    TeddyBear Kisses Month ago

    u better have given this to ur mom

  • mysteryman447
    mysteryman447 Month ago

    if anyone would have a full schematic blueprint of their childhood home it would be adam savage

  • Kanada da Yaşamak
    Kanada da Yaşamak Month ago

    you forgot the roof you didn't built it fully

  • kekelinks
    kekelinks 2 months ago

    Being architecture student I'm happy that there is at least one thing I can beat Adam with: building scaled houses =p

  • WST kevin
    WST kevin 2 months ago

    Ohhhh... that remind me of me when i was little i tried to make a mini version i used paper and glue and most of the time it was crappy xD but i had lot of fun

  • Escamilla.000
    Escamilla.000 2 months ago

    blackwing flex

  • AlsusGaming
    AlsusGaming 2 months ago

    Nice hotel

  • whiskey gaming Official

    Switches blade then uses hacksaw 10/10

  • Θοδωρης αδεμης

    Δουλειά δεν είχε ο διάβολος γαμουσε τα παιδιά του

  • Blue Mission
    Blue Mission 2 months ago

    I would love to do this one day. How do you go about getting floor plans made?

  • Johnny Sinns
    Johnny Sinns 2 months ago

    Adam : so yeah my parents were just average bohemian people and you guys think im a rich kid but we are not, a lot of you people dont know that our house in the 70's is accessible by only two people...

    Me : living in a bunker.. what do you call me then? a rat? living inside a shoe box?

  • Timothy Sheridan
    Timothy Sheridan 2 months ago

    but paint it first !

  • Timothy Sheridan
    Timothy Sheridan 2 months ago

    youre gona blow this up right ?

  • Jonathon Daniels
    Jonathon Daniels 2 months ago

    That’s a huge house

  • Pranaya Shakya
    Pranaya Shakya 2 months ago

    Well I guess the tablesaw is just a giant exacto knife and well we'll count is as one tool

  • 챼얜
    챼얜 2 months ago


  • TJ Duprey
    TJ Duprey 2 months ago +5

    Dunno. I probably just would have glued the pattern to the foam core

  • Technalgamer
    Technalgamer 2 months ago

    Damn. Your mom owned a giant house for New York

  • Fluffy Jackie
    Fluffy Jackie 3 months ago

    These rich people...

  • Manikanta Manikanta
    Manikanta Manikanta 3 months ago

    How to buy foam core plz

  • Michael S
    Michael S 3 months ago

    I would've simply glued the floor plan directly to the foam-board. Then painted it with carpet/tile after the walls are glued in place.

  • Trackside Films
    Trackside Films 3 months ago

    And the award for something to do this weekend other than build a model kit isssssss....

  • James Morris
    James Morris 3 months ago

    I'm surprised he didn't call himself out for saying a "full size 1/24th scale." As opposed to a 1/24th scale that isn't 1/24th scale?

  • Faustina Thomas
    Faustina Thomas 3 months ago

    damn that’s a big house

  • F4T3 Slasher
    F4T3 Slasher 3 months ago

    What the heck your childhood home is like a giant futuristic mansion here

  • F4T3 Slasher
    F4T3 Slasher 3 months ago

    Think about this Adams mom moved out but he kept super detailed plans for every nook and cranny in the house

  • Bman
    Bman 3 months ago

    No wonder u moved. There's no roof. 😀

  • dishchicken
    dishchicken 3 months ago

    Will Tamiya paint work on foam core? I'll airbrush it..

  • dishchicken
    dishchicken 3 months ago

    Making a 1/35 house for my ww2 German soldiers and staff to be doing their things in

  • gie bank
    gie bank 3 months ago


  • Grant Bates
    Grant Bates 3 months ago

    Ye has the best job ever.

  • Usman Muhammed
    Usman Muhammed 3 months ago

    Good job sir 👍

  • 2010joen
    2010joen 3 months ago

    I just now watched this video and was very surprised that you throw away perfectly good exacto blades. You can resharpen them and continue to use them almost til the cows come home! You will throw away fewer blades and still be able to put them in a safe container for disposal. There are many videos on TheXvid that shows how to cut a disk from medium density particle board and use it like a grinding wheel with course grit buffing compound to sharpen your blades often to a sharper edge than what came from the store. I am still using the blade I started doing this with over a year later and still going strong! You might want to give it a try. You have everything you need to do it already.

  • Peter Kelley
    Peter Kelley 3 months ago

    Adam ... I hope you did not use the only copy of those building plans. Those too are valuable in their own way.

    CRAZY GAMER 321 4 months ago

    Giant house

  • natalia beatriz
    natalia beatriz 4 months ago

    Im a 3rd year architecture student and the fact that you are not using a ruler while cutting or drawing is giving me SOOOOO much anxiety.

    • natalia beatriz
      natalia beatriz 4 months ago

      Also foam board fucking sucks when making a model.

  • Resist Design
    Resist Design 4 months ago

    Hey Adam, thank you for this and thank you for taking the time to clear the air about the house size. I think it serves to make you more relatable :)

  • Rudeep Nandeibam
    Rudeep Nandeibam 4 months ago

    He said he got his seven stitches from the blade and told us not to throw it away cause it will take hurt the garbage man . So he's the garbage man.🤔

  • Dan Pitts
    Dan Pitts 4 months ago

    >"full size"
    >"1:24 scale"
    So which is it?

  • Abbas J.A.
    Abbas J.A. 4 months ago

    Errr he could have easily pasted the plans onto the foam board and cut over the lines... It would have saved him the time and effort of transferring onto the foamboard.

  • RushTest 4Echo
    RushTest 4Echo 4 months ago

    "Nothing but an xacto, a glue gun, and some plans".... and a band saw, and yes I do mind that you used it. ;)

    • Peter Kelley
      Peter Kelley 3 months ago

      And a metal straight edge, pencil, sand paper ...

  • smuphix
    smuphix 4 months ago

    Dude ... where is you roof? :D

  • akali lati
    akali lati 4 months ago

    Guys are foam board , foam sheets and foam core are the same?

  • Mustard On My Shirt
    Mustard On My Shirt 4 months ago

    Am I the only hoping he'd run out of foam core and take us on a side video to art store? Actually that'd be a good video.

  • TheSkilledBossGamer
    TheSkilledBossGamer 4 months ago

    does no one care that he just wipes away the burning hot glue like its nothing?

  • nidia guala
    nidia guala 4 months ago

    Spanish please?

  • Nate Quinn
    Nate Quinn 4 months ago

    planning on doing this fairly soon, just need to get layouts of my family’s home

  • Steve Carter
    Steve Carter 4 months ago

    No way that house was cheap. I don’t care what era.

  • Ricky107
    Ricky107 4 months ago

    Damn big house

  • sentx
    sentx 4 months ago

    3:08 Combs hair with his fingers with an exacto knife in his hand...Adam being safe as always.

  • Tony S
    Tony S 4 months ago

    Yo.. i was going to say... But you said it lol

  • Ronnie Loredo
    Ronnie Loredo 4 months ago

    I'm loving the hot glue stick dispenser

  • Bambang Setiawan
    Bambang Setiawan 5 months ago

    Too much talk

  • Bespn _
    Bespn _ 5 months ago


  • william dowling
    william dowling 5 months ago

    Idk, the house didn't look that big to me.. it fit right on the table.

  • J.T. Irizarry
    J.T. Irizarry 5 months ago

    Pretty cool. My dad did this when he was trying to plan the layout of our house before it was built.

  • Kade Brown
    Kade Brown 5 months ago +10

    6:00 pause the video ,then go here.

  • Kade Brown
    Kade Brown 5 months ago +1

    I use that on my model railway all the time, (in the place of wood...) seriously!!! the framework is made out of this stuff!!!, probably not the best choice,but it's what I got K!?!?!?!