Adam Savage Geeks Out Over New Mobile Tool Caddy

Adam Savage Geeks Out Over New Mobile Tool Caddy


In this Tested video podcast, Adam Savage talks to Will Smith about his latest mobile tool caddy project and his concept of “First Order Retrieveabilty.” Wha? Basically, it’s Adam’s shop layout philosophy of minimizing the need to go through things to get to other things–the things you need! I.e., as many tools as possible should be visible, mobile, and accessible to you wherever you work (not on shelves, in boxes, etc.). Or put into a bumper sticker slogan: “Drawers are where tools go to die.” The working title for the project was the “F*** Drawers Initiative.”

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Explaining the design of the cart, Adam says that it provides “Stadium seating access to everything I would need on a regular basis.” On this particular cart that includes pliers, cutters, grabbers, punchers, clamps, drills, brakes (for bending metal), and more. Adam also shows off his original “First Order” cart, for drills, drill bits, and drivers.


Adam says it only took him about 3 to 4 hours to put this simple cart together, but he spent several weeks laying out, looking at, and thinking about all of his tools and the best way to make them first-order accessible. The resulting cart is still kind of open, with some room for modification. Adam thinks he needs some time with it before he decides what changes need to be made to refine its efficiency.


The tool space provided by the new cart allowed Adam to empty a 5-drawer Crafstman chest of tools and make all of its contents visible and mobile. And he plans to keep thinking about first-order access and designing new mobile platforms to get the tools he needs ever-closer to him as he works.

2 thoughts on “Adam Savage Geeks Out Over New Mobile Tool Caddy

  1. brucej says:

    American Science and Surplus has forceps like that surgical tool Adam was showing: very useful!

  2. Nigel Tolley says:

    Anyone done a drawing or blueprint of that thing yet? I would for sure be making the base more stable – he’s going to cry when he knocks it over. (Also, my nearest makerspace has a parquet brick work area)

    I’ve got the forceps, known as alligator forceps, though mine are more slender and about 8″ long.

    I’m going to have a play at making something like this. I’ll maybe do it as an Instructable or at least post the drawings if I reverse engineer it.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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