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(1202) Max’s Pick Making Learning Curve


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  1. Love what you’re doing BILL
    Your videos are what got me into lock work and your how to videos have taught me what I know
    You’ve helped me threw learning standard pins then spools and how to identify and pick them
    Now With the help of your videos I’ve started on serrated pins !!! Thanks a lot bill please don’t ever stop

  2. Hi.. Like the effort and skills your displaying..
    Have a question though – Have you ever had the opportunity to pick as DOM Diamant lock?
    Interested because i got them in my doors and it once has been tried to rip apart..
    As they not succeed ticking or cracking it.. I’m quite sure it’s also very hard to pick.

  3. I am still very new, but I already get where he was going with the variable thickness. I was thinking about that from the start. A thin, maybe 18, with a 25 thou. tip to catch the pins better.
    As far as these large handles, to each their own, I like the simple rubber so far. and even those dampen the feedback a bit.

  4. I’ve made my share of picks, everything from spring steel to butter knives. I will 100% agree that there is a learning curve when it comes to getting things to function as planned. Aside from the aesthetics I’m curious to see if function and feedback work as he planned. Looking at what I’ve made its cool to see someone else’s evolution and hear what tools made it possible. Keep up the good work both Matt and bill.

  5. When this started and I saw the scar on your thumb I was going to ask if you were sure it was a cat you had and not a small mountain lion, then boom, you showed your little housemates.
    Max, you should be applauded, what an excellent job you did of making and explaining your process. Expertly read by Bill.
    Bill, you should think about speaking to Pixar for some voiceover work.

    1. I know what you mean, Not to sound creepy, but I enjoy listening to him. There are several good pickers on YouTube, but I mostly enjoy watching and listening to Bill as he works and explains it so well.

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