Picture of Hardwood Guitar Picks!
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Step 1: Materials!

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Needed: - Some type of hardwood. No plywood. - Pencil - Guitar pick - Sandpaper (various grits) - Jigsaw or Circular Saw - Handsaw - Dremel tool w/ sanding bits - Lacquer - Vice grip - Anddd of course safety glasses

Step 2: The Wood!

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Get your wood (I'm using a Brazilian hardwood) and find an area with a nice grain. Get your jig saw or circular saw and cut a more manageable piece. Then you'll need to secure it in some type of vice grip.

Step 3: Cutting A Blank

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Now you'll need to get your hand saw and cut a thin strip of wood off of your chunk. Once you have cut it you can take your model guitar pick and trace it's shape too the wood (or make your own shape entirely!).

Step 4: Shaping The Pick

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Now you will get your Dremel tool and begin sanding away the excess wood. Don't forget those safety glasses!! *during this stage the sanding bit ripped lose from my Dremel tool and potentially could have launched off of it. I warn to be careful

Step 5: Thinning The Pick

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Now that you have your shape it out, you will most likely need to thin it. I put it back in my grip and sanded it sideways to thin it. You can do this by hand too, it will just take longer.

Step 6: Final Sanding!

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Now you can get your sandpaper and do some shaping and smoothing on the wood.

Step 7: Application Of Lacquer (and Painting)

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Now is where you would begin to lacquer your pick to seal that wood. You could however get creative and paint/stain the wood. Even do some wood burning if you can. But then the lacquer goes on. I recommend 2-3 coats. Allow time to dry based on what kind you are using.

Step 8: Finished!

Here you are finished! Once that lacquer is nice and set you can pick up your guitar and give them a whirl!
maKACS made it!6 months ago

It's a funny tiny project to make a guitar pick out of wood.

When I inherited a classical guitar from my Friend I restorated it and after that I started to make tiny things like this. A soundhole cover, wooden and bone saddle, a cejilla, some picks. I made the picks out of acacia and beef leg bone. I plan to make some with rubber grip on it. We can call it a spolier. :)

Yours picks are turned out great, nice ones!

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jeremymbates (author)  maKACS6 months ago

Very cool! I hadn't really thought about using materials like that. Great stuff!

laxflame238 months ago

I love this project and will make some when I get time. I was wondering where you got that guitar bowl or if you made it?

jeremymbates (author)  laxflame238 months ago

I found it online here:


Being there when they were created and having a few of my own, they are great! I love them and I don't like using plastic picks anymore.
b_man_rec1 year ago
This is great. I am going to start this today!
jeremymbates (author) 1 year ago
So far as I have used them they hold up fine, they are a stiff pick and don't bend at all. But that's my preference in a pick so I know it's not for everyone.
bg_askins1 year ago
how do they hold up when used?