When an American hobbyist goes into his shop it’s almost always to make something from wood. Not so in Europe, where people are more likely than we are to work in metal. I don’t know if that’s because they cut down all of their trees or because they got used to making weapons in the basement during various wars; all I know is Europeans like metal.

Cosmos Bauer is one such European—though he’s also into radio-controlled airplanes, crossbows, and home-made woodworking machines. One of his cooler recent creations is a metal-cutting track saw made from the kind of chop saw used by metal fabricators and steel stud framers. The track is a manufactured extrusion resembling Festool’s,though the color suggests it’s some other brand. If you look closely at the video, you'll notice that the table saw Bauer is using is itself home-made.

Seeing this thing makes me want to go out and cut metal, even though I don’t need to.