Step 9: Filing and Filing.

In this step, you are going to take your triangular needle file and remove the material from beneath the peaks. 

This step removes some of the the weak points in the picks, helping to ensure that they don't snap off inside locks. 

In the first picture, I am pointing to the area you need to remove with the tip of my file. As the pictures progress, you can see the material going away. I didn't want to take too many intermediate pictures because I didn't want to get metal powder in my camera. Continue to follow along with the pictures as I have them laid out. You are getting so close now. 
<p>I did start from step one, I'm still having a hard time figuring this out. Would you please help out in layman terms. I understand the cross section, just not getting how your doing it. Thanks</p>
I am looking at the picture you posted. It looks as though you are simply bending the wire. The pick end requires filing not bending. Do you have a round chainsaw file? You can not get the points on the tip without some serious filing. Bending will not give you the peaks and valleys, furthermore sideways bent like that it won't even fit in a lock. If you post more pics of what you have maybe I can guide you but it really doesn't look like you are filing anything, just bending it. That will never work.
<p>How did u get your peaks so pointed? I can only get them rounded.</p>
That looks like you may just be bending the underwire side to side. You will actually be filing the underwire in cross section. I'd say start from step one and read the whole process before you start, then begin from the beginning.
<p>Finally made it and it looks like crap compared to yours. But I got in my door within 10 seconds on the first shot. Great instructable!</p>
<p>Thanks for the compliment! Function is always over form in my opinion. As long as they work, the beauty is in the success! </p>
<p>Man I'm dying to make thus but my print out for it isnt printing out big enough or to big too. how do itt print it out correctly? using gimp for the dpi i think it's called. it's close for sure just want it to be prefect. maybe ill go with the smaller and eyeball it.</p>
<p>Thats the best part about rakes like this, it doesn't have to be perfect, often variations in the way they are made end up advantageous for different sizes of locks! So many keyways and pin combinations make for a wide range of usable sized tools. Make one set and if they turn out too large for whatever lock you are fiddling with, make another set slightly smaller. You will use the larger one on some old Schlage cylinder some day. </p>
sweet. how about you make me a pair instead lol. will give this a shot
Underwire........ you are putting WAY to much thought into this AND at the wrong times!
Ha! Oh how I wish it was as simple as my mind wandering. I have an issue throwing stuff away, and apparently bras are not made to last. So, my thriftiness and bras disposability made it only natural that I would have to find a use for the metal in them.
That must have taken a steady hand. Props for that. It's crazy what you can make lock picks out of. I went on a google spree after seeing this and I found instructions to make temporary lockpicks out of paperclips.&nbsp;<a href="http://openalockeddoor.com/locked-out-of-house/" rel="nofollow">http://openalockeddoor.com/locked-out-of-house/</a>
Love field-expedient tools! :D
Thats nice...
King, If you have a local bike shop or REI they can order you packs of flat spokes if you ask. I work at REI and know they will. I should also mention they are made of some pretty solid steel. <br>I need to build a deadbolt rig and practice more with my set. So far I've only been successful at my house.
I will have to check them out. I'm always looking for new supplies of steel to make more picks. Thanks!
Some parts from laser printer cartridges may also work. :)
Great instructable! I just made a set from a pair of blade style bike spokes and thy work pretty great!
Excellent! I'm glad they work, I have never tried the flat bike spokes. Maybe in the near future I can find and repurpose some.
That set looks to have come out nicely! The curve on the pick shaft is a bit odd, but I must admit curiosity as to how that affects utility... does it help, impede, or is it neutral in its effect on use? Personally, I'd think it might detract from the function, but that is only speculation based on how the normal bogota interacts with the pins. It may very well prove to be beneficial. I think I may have to make a set with a curve on it like that to find out how they work for me. <br> <br>Also, DIY bogotas always make me think of the BIGGOTA I made for MBI over at Keypicking as part of a novelty pick set I did for him (The lightning bolt is pretty cool too.) There is a pic of it in the following thread over there: http://keypicking.com/viewtopic.php?f=39&amp;t=5410
LMBO, where have I seen a comment similar to this?
Similar yes, identical, no... But regardless, nice work. Nice 'ible too!
Thanks a ton!
Document the process of making it that is.
Not this time. I will however. My better half has a call out to all the girls she knows to save me the underwires. Im sure they'll find it creepy. I will say, After playing around with the reach-diamond, I may like it even more than the bogotas.
You didn't happen to document the other pick you made from the rest of the underwire did you?
The bragotas are excellent, I have 3 pairs of them. I carry a pair every day in a duct tape pouch that is inside the belt case for my leatherman. I have used them on many occasions to pop an old master lock or some knockoff that a friend or family member has lost the key for. Also, they work on the crappy wafer lock in my filing cabinet at work. I have gotten to my precious drawer full of tea on many occasions using these, when I forget the key. I have yet to try them on anything heavy-security but they are wonderful on every lock I own. The curvature actually comes up aces, if you see the design by Raimundo, he has a bend right before the twist in the shaft of the pick, the curvature of the underwire does this for you and makes it superlatively comfortable. The curve is so slight though overall that I have noticed no difference at the business end of the pick between these and ones that I have made of sweeper bristle and wiper blade.
This is amazing!
You are too kind. :) I owe you one!
This is awesome! What a cool upcycle for bra underwire.
Thanks for the feedback!

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