1£/2$ - 16 Piece Lock Pick Set - MacGyver style

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Hiya guys n gals - So the fiendish Doctor Evil has your true love trapped in the burning warehouse with the door padlocked  - you hunt around your car for something to free them from the building  - AHA! your trusty mulitool and some hobby clamps left under the seat by the kids.


But before we begin (there's loads of time - the flames are not even smashing the windows yet).
I bought a set of the clamps used in this build from a POUND STORE in the UK, I am sure where you live there are similar places.
The really cool thing about this is - 1 the springs we are going to use are poor quality spring steel (this is good for us) allowing you to bend and file if needed your picks, while still being good enough! quality to make some picks that will last you a lifetime. 2 the clamps came as a set of eight on a cardboard backing - we are gonna use the springs, meaning we can use both ends if we want, therefore giving us 16 possible picks for 1£/2$ - - is that cool or what.

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Step 1: Multitool and Clamp

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Grab your trusty Multi and one of those clamps - using the cross head driver dismantle the clamp into it's separate parts.

Step 2: Ok

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Grab that spring and using the pliers straighten out the spring till it is flat - ok cool - now do the same again with another clamp.
I actually tested this with the same clamps and it works surprisingly well. I would pass on a few suggestions though.
1) If you slightly file down the tips on each, they won't scratch, cut or catch on anything.
2) Holding them flat as you make the bends is crucial or you could have some odd twisting (wasted two clamps from that).
3) Instead of silicone tubing, try a resin or something in a small mold to make handles. My neighbor likes to repair tools and had some stuff he uses for making screwdriver handles (like plastic)

Those are just some things I noticed in trying this, but I really like the results. Awesome concept.
darrenhall (author)  wolfsingleton2 years ago
All great comments - I tried to keep things simple for folks who have not made these before but your right on the money, once these guys see what a nice, quality tool these can be I am sure folks will make them personal and made to fit their individual styles.

Good to hear from ya.