Introduction: How to Make a Replica Minecraft Pickaxe

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If your like me, MineCraft is on your mind all day. in the morning, on the bus, in class, at lunch, while taking notes, while showering, it even shows up in my DREAMS! MineCraft is a drug, and millions are addicted. The best way to get your fix when not playing, FanArt!
         
I decided to make a replica pick-axe. This technique can be used for any of the tools, but i really wanted a pick-axe. There's no zombies outside my house, so I don't need a sword (There's creepers but they keep their distance.) I wanted it to be durable, so I made it out of wooden blocks then painted it. It worked really well!

Also, Just for fun, there's a picture of it below in anaglyphic red/cyan 3D! You know, in case you guys are to lazy to make it...

Step 1: Getting the Template

Go into your minecraft jar file. If you don't know how to do this, look for modding instructions on youtube or minecraft forums. When in the jar file, go into gui.png and extract it wherever you want. I have one below for you to use although I'm not sure if you can download the photoshop file. Use this as a reference for what pixels go where and a painting reference later. I made an iron pick-axe. A few of the iron tools are below plus a diamond if you want to make one. The pickaxes have 69 pixels so I will need at least that many wooden cubes.

Step 2: Cut the Blocks

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My dad did this part. I wanted to but for some arbitrary reason he doesn't trust a clumsy 17 year old pyromaniac with his circular saw... Go figure. I'll never get parents. Anyway, I cut mine about 1 inch cubed. 2 or 3 would be more realistic but we had limited materials. Make sure they are as perfectly cubed as possible and account for the width of the saw.

Step 3: Glue the Blocks Together

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This part was not nearly as easy as it sounds. Because I was using wood glue, which needs to be clamped, I had to glue it in parts, then glue the parts together. First I did the handle in 9 little triangle shapes, then made a more complex shape at the top. I divided the rest of the top into more 3 peice triangles, and then made rows of 3 for the rest of the pick. I used the tape and elastics as clamps. See the pictures below.

Step 4: Paint!

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Try to mix the paint as accurately as possible and make sure you refer to the picture for each pixels color. Don't just go and paint the top gray and the bottom brown. It won't look anything like the in game one. Also, Make sure to paint the sides, and try to find thicker paint than what I used...

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sharpbike123 (author)2012-10-02

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geckogo (author)2011-12-28

Thanks for the instructable! I I made the diamond axe for my boyfriend for Christmas and he loved it =)

I think the only things I did differently were prime/paint each block separately so that there weren't any spots where the wood color showed, and I didn't bind the pieces while they dried, just laid it flat and let it sit overnight. Made mine a bit larger, too...

uhJenny (author)geckogo2012-07-03

Looks nice. :)

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Philisawesome (author)2012-04-11

MINECRAFT FOR THE WIN!!!

AlternateLives (author)2011-09-27

Yes, I too, made the horribly bad decision to buy Minecraft yesterday afternoon. I dreamt in cubes last night.

Micizzle (author)AlternateLives2011-11-30

I started watching Minecraft playthroughs and I dreamt my family turned into pixels and I didn't. It was a very depressing dream m

Lorem (author)2011-10-21

Really nice.. thanks, and nice pic.. I guess no one noticed the 3d effect you did on your last pic hehe.. nice touch.

doctor who fan 123 (author)2011-10-03

why did you cut it into blocks why not just cut it straight out ???

Three reasons:
- I don't have a bandsaw.
- I sort of wanted the blocks to represent pixels.
- I wanted to make a lot of blocks to make multiple tools.

CurryKid (author)2011-04-12

Wow, nice!
Can you make a psd for the sword?

builderkidj (author)CurryKid2011-08-03

Yeah,please?????

i built a cardboard sword very easy with 3 layers

imshanedulong (author)CurryKid2011-04-16

I'll work on that as soon as I can! I'm busy right now making some stuff for my multiplayer server! (It's a private server don't ask for the IP)

CurryKid (author)imshanedulong2011-04-16

Sounds good!

dylankunaikennedy (author)2011-07-25

could i just use multiple layors of cardboard? if so how much would you recomend? plz reply
dylan.

I'm sure that would work and would be pretty easy. You wouldn't even need to make it into cubes.

ive done it and i made a sword also

HoboPhil (author)2011-05-14

HELL YEAH!!!

jj.inc (author)2011-04-12

Adding dowels would make it even stronger, I am going to build one soon so I will share
By the way, you are just like me, I got minecraft saturday and now I can't get it off my mind.

imshanedulong (author)jj.inc2011-04-16

Actually it's pretty strong as is. I wouldn't mine coal with it but its fine to carry around!

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