Adam Savage's One Day Build: Acrylic Display Box!

As seen in his trip to the barbershop for his MacReady cosplay beard, Adam has built a custom clear acrylic box for his latest obsession with fake beards, which serves as both a transport vessel and display case. Follow along as Adam designs and constructs this box to fit his fake beard needs--imperfections and all--and he does the whole build while wearing the beard!

Adam's previous build wiring this beard:
Adam's trip to the barbershop with his fake beard:
FakeBeardWig store on Etsy:
Tap Plastics:

Shot by Adam Savage and edited by Gunther Kirsch

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  1. Diego Ramos

    Diego Ramos

    پیش 21 ساعت

    Why you are wearing a beard

  2. Allen Tate

    Allen Tate

    پیش روز

    After seeing this, it sounds funny in my mind to see a giant acrylic box labeled "Wookie".

  3. Evil Genius

    Evil Genius

    پیش 2 روز

    Beard Vessel sounds like the name of a shitty band

  4. brocton films

    brocton films

    پیش 2 روز

    This box was made because you’re a spirited man, just ask Van Neistat.

    • brocton films

      brocton films

      پیش 2 روز

  5. RonaldDHS


    پیش 3 روز

    I thought, you were big Clive. (Savage :) )

  6. Brandon Dollar

    Brandon Dollar

    پیش 3 روز

    Need to put a mirror on the back of the box so everyone can quickly assess whether "There's GOLD in them thar hills!".

  7. Dragon maid

    Dragon maid

    پیش 3 روز

    I just wanna box.

  8. Thor Johann

    Thor Johann

    پیش 3 روز

    So that's a speaker, been wondering what that was forever.

  9. M750


    پیش 4 روز

    We made a lot of thick, large, aquariums...and the adhesive is no secret. It's SciGrip #42 two-part acrylic adhesive. It's how you get strong and perfectly clear joints. Another tip, don't peel the whole face. Use a straightedge as a cutting edge, and just peel back 1/2" or so along the edges you're cementing. As for flame polishing, that torch isn't nearly hot enough. We (and any professional plastic fabricator) use Oxy-Hydrogen torches. Extremely hot, and the only residue is pure water. Done on a nice sanded edge, you will have perfectly clear edges.

  10. Empiricus Dremomys

    Empiricus Dremomys

    پیش 4 روز

    Fun one, makes me happy.

  11. Adam 8sixty

    Adam 8sixty

    پیش 6 روز

    this jawn over the philly accent!

  12. Jeremiah


    پیش 7 روز

    Adam: you should be able to see it wic in Me: Nice Omega

  13. bob9802


    پیش 10 روز

    I was expecting “Beard Box” references to the Netflix movie, in the voice of Zefrank.

  14. Kwl Gamer

    Kwl Gamer

    پیش 11 روز

    Dawg that beard Rocks!

  15. Herbstfuchs


    پیش 11 روز

    That wonderfully weird beard so perfectly fits a wonderfully weird maker. Love it

  16. Lucas Vanderschuit

    Lucas Vanderschuit

    پیش 12 روز

    Am I the only one that pictured Jamie as Dr. Zoidberg when Adam was describing how his mustache vacuumed up the sesame seeds

  17. Klockomir


    پیش 12 روز

    That was very bearding day... :D Amazing box Adam!

  18. Jamie Hudson

    Jamie Hudson

    پیش 12 روز

    Woah, who knew a beard could change a man so much 😂🤣 I'm not much of a craftsman but I do love sharing my cooking with people

  19. OzWookiee


    پیش 13 روز

    Pure joy!

  20. iccarus 1975

    iccarus 1975

    پیش 13 روز

    i've made acrylic boxes through work, had to teach myself, what i learned here is squeezing the bottle. That being said, UV glue, much better, gives you time to get it right, to work, clean and reset as necessary before curing it.

  21. Sharon O' the Fae

    Sharon O' the Fae

    پیش 13 روز

    Totally looks like Forest Gump's beard when he is running across America Awesome beard..I mean video as usual Adam kudos

  22. Michelle Ford

    Michelle Ford

    پیش 13 روز

    Love Tap Plastics. I’ve made some really nice storage boxes for my Copics with it.

  23. Dale Maeshiro

    Dale Maeshiro

    پیش 13 روز

    OMG, thank you for the laughs! :-)

  24. Haydn Malyon

    Haydn Malyon

    پیش 13 روز

    I love the contrast between the title and the caveat intro, followed by 3 minutes of Adam gushing about his new beard.

  25. sandollor


    پیش 13 روز

    Upvote for the Jamie comment alone, lol love you Adam.

  26. Brenden Vogt

    Brenden Vogt

    پیش 13 روز

    I lost it at the part when you talked about Jamie’s beard and the burger 🤣🤣🤣

  27. Bob Chronister

    Bob Chronister

    پیش 14 روز

    "Am I missing an eyebrow?" comes to mind when you started using the mini-torch

  28. Curtus Fetters

    Curtus Fetters

    پیش 14 روز

    Watching him make this and refuse to use a laser cutter felt like watching an episode of primitive technology

    • treborrrrr


      پیش 11 روز

      I don't know enough about laser cutting to say for sure, but I think it's not the best tool for the job here. For this type of glueing operation to work best you want the pieces to be very flat against each other and let capillary action draw the fluid into the seam. When laser cutting thicker materials like this the sides of the pieces end up with a bit of an angle, so the surfaces wont sit flush against each other (if you want the box to be perfectly square that is).

  29. Ryan Stobes

    Ryan Stobes

    پیش 14 روز

    Manager of a TAP Plastics store here! Love the video, and thanks for the shout out Adam! We are all big fans of you at my store! You actually did pretty good! Just trim the masking rather than peeling entirely next time. That allows you to see your glue joint while still protecting the rest of the sheet. Anywhere you get the cement that you don't want, you can always use a clean buffing wheel with no rouge on it to take out the hazing from the glue

  30. Maggerrzz


    پیش 14 روز

    I feel like this or a very similar beard could be used when your Scottish alter ego pops out... maybe commission one with mutton chops heh

  31. Beaver C

    Beaver C

    پیش 15 روز

    Adam, you should grow a beard. It actually looks good on you.😃😃

  32. Joel McFadyen

    Joel McFadyen

    پیش 15 روز

    My favorite builds are the ones where Adam finishes it and just starts laughing, it's so wholesome!

  33. Scott Stewart

    Scott Stewart

    پیش 15 روز

    Make a second door for it but have it marked "Caution : Savage Beard." >Grin

  34. Sardi Pax

    Sardi Pax

    پیش 15 روز

    When I was involved in this many years ago. the 'glue' used was pure Chloroform.

  35. Philip Hochendoner

    Philip Hochendoner

    پیش 16 روز

    I love the caveat at the beginning. Honesty about these builds just MAKES them so much better. Kudos!

  36. Matthew Sinclair

    Matthew Sinclair

    پیش 16 روز

    Jamie's mustache scooping up sesame seeds sounds like something from a Miyazaki film.

  37. RNDM


    پیش 16 روز

    its a box that has beard written on it with a beard inside....what more could you want.

  38. Brad Justinen

    Brad Justinen

    پیش 16 روز


  39. John Frazer

    John Frazer

    پیش 16 روز

    I love that Adam made a clear beard box, but still felt the need to label it, just in case.

  40. Jack Harvey

    Jack Harvey

    پیش 16 روز

    I am SURE Adam has Elf and/or Vulcan ears. He HAS to make a box like this that just says: “EARS”

  41. Derek Bell

    Derek Bell

    پیش 16 روز

    Is the costume build Rasputin from Hellboy?

  42. SuperSecretSquirell


    پیش 16 روز

    I had just thought to myself that you look like a younger Dave Letterman shortly before you made the comment lol.

  43. Thomas Asche

    Thomas Asche

    پیش 16 روز

    because you need a box for it so you dont crumple or knot it up

  44. Aleziss


    پیش 17 روز

    that style of beard suit you really really well ! You should take a look at Steve Meade channel, he does incradible plexiglass work with his laser cutter and cnc machines !

  45. usafa1987


    پیش 17 روز

    20 minutes of sanding, then the welding gets sped up? Me, who came here for welding techniques 😭

  46. Kalle Mustonen

    Kalle Mustonen

    پیش 17 روز

    What is the name of the adjustable angle tool just after 1:6 Adam appears?

    • Neil O'Connor

      Neil O'Connor

      پیش 14 روز

      It's a Combination Square with the protractor attachment.

  47. A Jeremy Hopkins

    A Jeremy Hopkins

    پیش 17 روز

    I think you're going to have to add a "glued the beard to the project" demerit badge now.

  48. Sinful Creature

    Sinful Creature

    پیش 17 روز

    Adam should absolutely try building a super over-engineered version of the Fractal Vice ( Look it up!!! ) I want to see how many levels of scale he could get out of those pieces. It would look so satisfying.

  49. TattooerJ


    پیش 17 روز

    The majestic beard look works for you Adam like watching a modern wizard in his workshop..

  50. David Powers

    David Powers

    پیش 17 روز

    Jamie is Zoidberg IRL.

  51. NikTheFix


    پیش 17 روز

    Using a table router for the edge gives good results.

  52. TheBrutal95


    پیش 17 روز

    Pretty unfortunate that the title is not Beard Vessel

  53. Pass the B S.

    Pass the B S.

    پیش 17 روز

    I had an idea for you to use your styrofoam copy of you for contests.. dress your styrene you as different heroes, villains, even different Doctors. The first comment that directly guessed the 1/4 second view gets a t-shirt ir something.

  54. Doktor Halloween

    Doktor Halloween

    پیش 17 روز

    WD40 can loosen the paper/adhesive on old acrylic. Then wash off the WD40.

  55. David McCoy

    David McCoy

    پیش 17 روز

    I keep waiting for the guitar solo. 😄

  56. skunked42


    پیش 17 روز

    bigclive would like his beard back now if you would be so kind.

  57. Alex Allmont

    Alex Allmont

    پیش 18 روز

    ...if you grow it, it will grow... Thank you, wonderful vid

  58. beautifulsmall


    پیش 18 روز

    who doesnt love seseme seeds, theres a radio4 show where they sing the words of one song to the tune of another .walk in the shoes (or beard) of another. , Ive seen regulator longcase clocks with offset corners on the case mouldings. I like to ask, how long is this made to last. I have to finish my oak treasure chest with copper rivets, they are the thing thats difficult to make, I should video it before i run out of tape. (Tim Hunkin)

  59. G Kirimli

    G Kirimli

    پیش 18 روز

    I wonder if Jamie is watching your videos.

  60. Guttalaser


    پیش 18 روز

    Absolutely LOVE the hi-tech of Adam's projects... and the low-tech of the handmade tags! XD

  61. gary chenery-owen

    gary chenery-owen

    پیش 18 روز

    I guess the 40 people giving a thumbs down work with acrylic

  62. Angelina Collins

    Angelina Collins

    پیش 18 روز

    DATME: -p-o-r-n--s-e-x----۞ CHOOSE YOUR DREAM GIRL !💖🖤❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたも ん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高!#まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです! #この日のライブ配信は、 #かならりやばかったですね! #1万人を超える人が見ていたもん( #笑) #やっぱり人参最高! #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾

  63. Chris Rotchell

    Chris Rotchell

    پیش 18 روز

    Loved it, a real random build that worked so well....brilliant

  64. Crazy Joe Did What?

    Crazy Joe Did What?

    پیش 18 روز

    The beard reminds me of Humble Mechanic's, and looks convincing. And you make Jamie Hyneman's beard sound like Davey Jones' tentacle beard from the Pirates of the Caribbean fame.

  65. Sam Ridgwell

    Sam Ridgwell

    پیش 18 روز

    "im gonna let you see the glue wicker across... hopefully you'll see it" puts hand/watch in front of camera for most of it.

  66. Schoeffler


    پیش 18 روز

    Something different: Do you ever try to make kaleidoskope with polarisation filters (foil) to make the inner tension of acylic glass visible?

  67. Sam Ridgwell

    Sam Ridgwell

    پیش 18 روز

    i absolutely love that it's labeled as if someone couldnt see into the box.

  68. Schoeffler


    پیش 18 روز

    Beard or not too Beard...i love this case!

  69. wicked one

    wicked one

    پیش 18 روز

    Am I the only one that thinks the beard look is right for Adam?? 😂🤣🤣

  70. Mike Bartlett

    Mike Bartlett

    پیش 18 روز

    That is amazing

  71. Chris Foster

    Chris Foster

    پیش 18 روز

    Why did you sew I wire into the beard? I see no problems in hot gluing it to your face!

  72. /dev /null

    /dev /null

    پیش 18 روز

    "...flame polishing is tricky business..." says Adam and sets his fake beard on fire

  73. Ragnok Storm

    Ragnok Storm

    پیش 18 روز

    We were taught these technics in school, but nice to know were you had to go earlier to learn such things.

  74. mightygrom


    پیش 18 روز

    should have signed it "Savage Beard"

  75. Charlie Waterman

    Charlie Waterman

    پیش 18 روز

    I so agree.... I don't know why, but I find this quite an enjoyable item 😄

  76. David Warren

    David Warren

    پیش 18 روز

    As Aussie band the Beards sang: "If your dad doesn't have a beard, you've got two mums". What does that say about a man who has several beards?

  77. Jermaine Randolph

    Jermaine Randolph

    پیش 18 روز

    He looking good as a extra in a zz top!. Just needs a suit to be a "Sharp dressed man" lol

  78. K3NnY_G


    پیش 18 روز

    I love that even if you try, the only glimpses into the enigma that is Jamie Hyneman is the little tid-bits Adam puts down.

  79. QI Varebil2

    QI Varebil2

    پیش 19 روز

    Aha! This is brilliant! You go to a party or dinner at a friend's home, and everybody has coats and hats and umbrellas, to be put away by the host. And the host asks if he can help You with "that bag" of Yours' - which accidently looks suspiciously similar to one of those wine bottle in a box gift thingy. "Well, here's my beard. Keep it chilled, will You?" I am so going to do this prank, next time I'm invited somewhere! ;)

  80. Christopher Poirier

    Christopher Poirier

    پیش 19 روز

    How many times do we have to watch him building a damn box?

  81. Fallentwig


    پیش 19 روز

    Good acrylics are made by wizards

  82. Benjamin Bowden

    Benjamin Bowden

    پیش 19 روز

    Step one: tell them I'm Andy savage and I wanna come in and see how they are making a box Step two: wear absurd cosplay outfit Step three: profit

  83. RobertWardJones


    پیش 19 روز

    Have you tried water-slide transfers for the labels?

  84. RobertWardJones


    پیش 19 روز

    In JR High shop class we would buff the acrylic edges to get them shinny.

  85. pa4tim


    پیش 19 روز

    And now learn to play guitar, you already got the beard

  86. Stan Giles

    Stan Giles

    پیش 19 روز

    He should have a beard protector

  87. Stan Giles

    Stan Giles

    پیش 19 روز

    So surprised he didn't glue the beard to everything

  88. Robert Rizzo

    Robert Rizzo

    پیش 19 روز

    Huh, "mediocre" my butt! That box looks great!

  89. Timothy Donahue

    Timothy Donahue

    پیش 19 روز

    Am I the only one who thinks a part of floating eyes or sunglasses in the box would be so cool

  90. shipwrek


    پیش 19 روز

    Sign maker person dude guy here! So, if you want an edge that's super flat and clean you saw cut (triple chip blades are your friend) over-sized 0.125". However you do not need an edger/joiner/jointer! You need a mounted router or even a dremel and straight cut router bit. Works exactly the same and far more likely to be in the home shop. Then you shave .0625" off each edge and you're good to go. Best part is if you use a bearing bottom straight cut bit then you can make a template out of wood or scrap plastic or whatever and now you can produce exact matching multiple parts.

  91. Sarah Lincoln

    Sarah Lincoln

    پیش 19 روز

    Sometimes one day builds arent to teach how to do something, they're to teach how not to do something, and then how to deal with the result

  92. Nolan Craw

    Nolan Craw

    پیش 19 روز

    I use aluminum foil tape to protect the surfaces not to be flame-polished, and sand edges to 400 to ensure sanding scratches or "grain" doesn't show, and I use a butane cigar type torch, I've tried using a mapp gas (yellow tank) but the acrylic melted too easily for me. You can also use a mocked up router table as a type of jointer if you don't have a jointer.

  93. Jay LeSage

    Jay LeSage

    پیش 19 روز

    You can also use a straight or flush trim router bit on a router table to get a better edge than the tablesaw can give you.

  94. Jay LeSage

    Jay LeSage

    پیش 19 روز

    I flame polished mine straight off the tablesaw

  95. Paul Kinzer

    Paul Kinzer

    پیش 19 روز

    Wow! I have a shop tool (a jointer) that Adam doesn't have?! Unpossible. Mine is an old Craftsman 6-inch made in the 1950s, bought in rough shape for $80. Just needed new blades, still available and in stock at my big box store, and now it cuts beautifully.

  96. Jared Ireland

    Jared Ireland

    پیش 19 روز

    I used to work as an architectural model maker and one of my favourite jobs was making the acrylic guards for the models because I would get to flame polish like 30 feet worth of 1/4 inch acrylic and it was so satisfying!

  97. Bret Fearnley

    Bret Fearnley

    پیش 19 روز

    So....Adam purchased a replica of my beard. It fills my bucket to see my hero so happy wearing a beard like mine lol Thanks Adam

  98. 1911wood


    پیش 19 روز

    Adam should register his personal font.

  99. 1911wood


    پیش 19 روز

    I’ve actually done this for a living. Here’s some tips. Set up a router table it’s the same edge you get from a jointer. Set up an oxygen & hydrogen torch for flame polishing exposed edges. Acetylene introduces soot it’s objectionable. Do not glue sanded or flame polished edges. This introduces heat which has a lasting effect even after the heat has dissipated. The acrylic will craze after glueing. Use a glass cutter to score your paper masking. Then use kerosene on a dampened cloth to allow the adhesive to release on the scored line. The glass cutter will not scratch the acrylic unless you make unnecessary multiple passes. Sand the acrylic if you are going to wheel buff. But do not glue that surface. The router table is key. You can achieve 0.001 accuracy. You can use 3M double stick to flush trim to a template for repeatability. Flame polishing requires some practice.

    • Peter JF

      Peter JF

      پیش 18 روز

      All good advice.

  100. Marshall Morris

    Marshall Morris

    پیش 19 روز

    I don't get how he can just cut acrylic like that. I've never been able to do it without melting the plastic. How is this possible?