Hardwood Guitar Picks!




About: I'm 19, a musician, an eager to learn student, and a curious person. I love building stuff and learning how things work. I've built a few guitars and I aim to learn electronics as well as I can.

Step 1: Materials!

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

Step 7: Application of Lacquer (and Painting)

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!



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6 Discussions


4 years ago on Introduction

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?

1 reply
Aj Giberjetski

5 years ago

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.


5 years ago

This is great. I am going to start this today!


5 years 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.