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(115) Pick Making Part 2: Design and Layout


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com



  1. I have templates but I don't know how big they should be. Can you provide the measurements for your basic most common picks? Thanks a ton for all the effort you put into these videos! I got my first lock open today! Your the best channel out there as far as locks go! Keep up the good work

  2. I enjoy these videos so much! I think the reason is because YOU enjoy what you're doing. I imagine you could talk about picking and locks and the like for hours and hours!

  3. I just realized how hard I was making this on my self haha I remembered half way through the video that at my school we have a lazer cutter thing so I ca just load up a program on the computer and get a few outlines on google images then have the lazer make a perfect cutout of these picks and if I wanted to which I prolly will I ca engrave the diameter or width into the handle oh Jesus 

  4. Very nice job on the videos sir, very detailed and helpful I have learned alot  but if I do not have the pick I want to use as my template.How do I make an outline? I'm trying to make a variety of specialty lock picks but only have the basics???

  5. Thank you
    I didnt know you could buy feeler guages in that length
    Iv been using lenox hacksaw blades they dont deform and are very strong
    But its all i can afford
    They only come in one thickness
    Love the series

  6. David, thank you for the compliment, I appreciate it. Yes, I looked at hacksaw blades in part 1, where we looked at different material choices. As I see it, it takes the same amount of time to make a pick, regardless of the material choice – the difference is usually measured in pennies per piece. My time is the major cost in pick making. So, why use a substandard material that will break (hacksaw blades) where there are other, superior choices out there (unless that's all you can afford…)

  7. Bill,you're the best! re hacksaw blades-I'm probably teaching Grandma to suck eggs but they are made in various tensile strengths depending what they are intended for-from very brittle to springy,have you considered this?
    And you think you are anal!!

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