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(121) Make Your Own Pick Handles with Interchangeable Tips (Quickpicks)


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  1. wow, this along with your 5 part videos on how to make picks with feeler gauges, really made my day, now i got a project to do, thanks bill, keep up the gr8 work love your videos

  2. Drill the hole strait through then tap straight through, use 2 short set screws one on each side, this will enable you to center your pick. Just a machine tool electricians opinion.

  3. Really nice handiwork. The esthetics are often overlooked in this kind of video, not here! Great job. (And thats coming from a graphic designer :p)

  4. You can make a jig to drill the top hole. 4×4 with a hole drilled the size of the handle.. Then use a drill press to make the hole.

  5. I'm new to this, but instead of making a handle could you possibly use a small pin vice. You can usually buy them at hardware stores or order them online on e-bay. My only concern is that they might not grip the tip as firmly as one would like.

  6. I am going to make these for a friend! now only to find the right drill bits and allen screws in metric sizes. thanks for this really informative and interresting tutorial!

  7. Excellent video (as always) Bill. though personally i recon brass has a horrible smell when handling it for prolonged periods, also it is prone to oxidisation (which would be accelerated due to contact with sweaty hands)

  8. Hey Bill… wondering on your thoughts about this handle I found. So I was going through Menards looking for locks to practice with. I came across a Exacto Hobby knife and wondered…. how would this make for a pick handle. I bought the bigger exacto to see what I can do. it seems to work okay

  9. Hi there
    The better way to drill a straight hole in a piece of bar is to put the bar in the drill and the drill bit in the vice, similar to what you do in a lathe. Try it I'm sure you will agree.

  10. 7/64 is not the correct tap drill for  a 6-32 screw you should be using a #36 drill.

    But for this application you should not be using a 6-32 screw  anyway as it is way too course. for a thin wall section like this a 6-40 would be a much better choice, and for that screw, the correct tap drill would be a #33 drill..

    Or save yourself a lot of work and just get a pin vice.

  11. Bosnian bill, thanks for sharing this. I took this and ran with it. Went out and bought some rod, the bits and tap and socket screws, and presto, I have a handle, more to coming. Man alive, that is helpful!

  12. I saw the rawhide wrap on some throwing knives my son bought and it looks good just use super-glue to hold it in place and it gives a great feel too and 1/8 by 1/8 inch lacing material of rawhide looks sharp if you die it first and wrap it with a small uniform gap between the turns (I wrap twine between the turns of rawhide as a spacer then remove the twine for a very uniform wrapping job.) {Thanks for replying.}

  13. What a cool idea! How about wrapping with mason's line and dipping it in epoxy? That would give an excellent bond between handle and metal & transmit almost all the feedback. I like the leather idea too because I've accumulated a lot of leather bits & was looking for something to do with it all. Thanks for the suggestions!

  14. Bill, I don't feel making such a fancy brass set of handles is needed, I wrapped several of my picks with a layer of "Mason's line" (Used with chalk by carpenters), but, available cheap at the hardware store. I tuck the ends in and paint them with a good saturating enamel paint For thickening the handle I super-glue popsicle sticks on both sides then wrap and paint they look like antiques, I think rawhide makes a good looking wrap too.

  15. Dennis,

    Yeah, I replaced that bench a while back. In some of my newer videos you'll probably notice a larger, heavier bench with a brown corian top. Sturdy AND good looking. Thanks! If you see anything else that needs replacing just let me know. I've gotten used to some of the lab's shortcomings and sometimes a fresh set of eyes improves things greatly.

  16. The threading tool is called a "TAP and buy the handle and matching "Twist Drill Bit" at the same time and keep them together as a set… I am a locksmith by hobby but Dad and Brother were Machinists and I always liked working in metal. As a vocational teacher I always insisted on proper vocabulary. As the first "Thing-a-majig" would mark a young professional as "IGNORANT" of his "Trade Skills".
    Bill, get a stronger bench, that one shakes…

  17. My sweat darkens brass quickly, remove corrosion with "Ammonia" it also takes the gloss off so buff with fine steel wool. and use a coat of clear plastic spray and the color stays bright much longer. I use "Mink Oil" neutral boot polish on all my tools applying it with a soft cotton cloth and after 5 minutes buffing with dry cotton cloth. It prevents rust on tools and firearms for many months even in our damp climate. Clean and rub on more after each use.

  18. Intro is wrong,its not all about style, its about opening what was not meant to be opened, doesn't mater if you use a hair grip.Far to much trouble for most people.a locksmith will just buy them, a thief will not want anything he is worried about throwing away to dispose of evidence.

  19. Wow, they look brilliant bill! I need to get a few bits and pieces to make some like that threading tool, i really liked this video and thanks for pointing it to me after i asked. Can i visit your locklab?

  20. Thanks for being so down to earth and NOT arrogant , as some are on YouTube! I am new to the hobby but not life !! Thanks again for sharing a wealth of knowledge with us all!

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