How to Make a Wooden Guitar Pick

Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Guitar Pick

Guitar picks were originally made from tortoise/turtle shells, bone and wood. Most classical guitarists ditch picks all together and just use the pads of their fingers and/or their nails. Most picks nowadays are made of rubber, plastic and metal. Wooden picks have a softer, and warmer  sound (in my opinion) and the satisfaction of making something yourself can help cheer you up if you're in a sour mood.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

For this instructable you will need the following:

~Wood. It doesn't matter what kind you use, but hard woods will work better and try to stay away from particle board. I used a dollar store bamboo cutting board.
~A dremel tool or (this is what i used) an electric drill.
~Grinding, cutting, and sanding wheels for the tool you are using.
~A guitar pick or a drawing for a template.
~A saw


~Sand paper
~Wood files
~Drill bits
~Coping saw/scroll saw

Step 2: Cutting, Tracing, and More Cutting

Cut a piece of wood about 4 cm (inch and a half) wide and the length doesn't matter too much, but it has to be manageable.

Next, trace a pick or draw a shape onto the wood.

Then, cut away parts of  the wood around the pick

Step 3: Just Keep Truckin'

Continue grinding/ cutting at the wood until you have the desired shape. Work around the pick and cut it off of the main piece of wood at the widest portion last. (did that make sense?). Before cutting the pick off, taper the sides and put a small indentation in the middle where your thumb and fingers rest. 

Step 4: Final Sanding

After you cut the pick free then give the whole thing a good sanding so you don't get any splinters while playing.

Step 5: Viola! Your Very Own Wooden Pick!

That's all there is to it! Now go and play your guitar or bass with this wonderful pick.

Well you did it.. now what?

~Drill a hole and put some paracord through it and wear it as a bracelet so you don't lose it during gigs.
~Varnish it or paint it.
~Carve your initials into it or personalize it in any way
~Wear it as a necklace
~Go back to step 1 and make another

P.s. This is my first instructable and if there is anyway to improve this then please tell me in the comments and if you made one then I'd love to see it

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    5 years ago

    I made one similar to this using simply a wood chisel, some scrapwood, an exact o knife and a fingernail file. It turned out great, and I also painted it and varnished it with some homemade varnish. I made a second as a pendant for my boyfriend and he loves it


    6 years ago

    You can make it. look for woodprix website! I think it's the best way to learn how to make it in the better way.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    somehow I just never thought of wood or bamboo for guitar pick. I have to try this,good job