Wooden Guitar Pick




I came up with the idea for these picks, since I was looking for a birthday present for a friend of mine. I wanted to gift him with something really special, something he isn't able to get himself in the next store.
This Instructable is supposed to show you how to make your very own wooden picks. They are easily made, pretty cheap, nevertheless looking valuable and can be done in under half an hour.

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Step 1: What I Used


• Hand Belt Sander
• Wood Saw/ Jigsaw
• Sandpaper grit 80 - 240


• Wood scrap

Step 2:

First of all I recommend using a template, to get the perfect form out of the wood, otherwise it might end up as miserable as my first try.
The obvious way is to use another pick made of plastic, if you do not have any, you can just print it out.

I used this:

Next you get yourself some scrap wood, draw on the outline and make some rough cuts.

Step 3: Sanding

For a sharp outline I used the sander. If you are working with a similar tool, you will be better off using some safety gloves, because otherwise you might sand off some bits of your fingers, due to the size of the pick.

Step 4: More (precise) Sanding

To create the perfect thickness and edges, I started with 80 grit sandpaper and repeated everything with 120, 180 and 240 grit. This step is probably a bit repetitive, though it is going to be worth it in the end.

Step 5: Personalizing

Once the basic form is finished, you can pretty much do with it whatever you want, spray it, paint it, engrave it, use different types of wood,..., whatever you can imagine.



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    7 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Great! Will be for sure making some of these soon!


    Reply 3 years ago

    I was wondering just the same thing. There's a good comparison here on YouTube:

    I also didn't think you could talk for 45minutes about picks, but this guy does give a pretty comprehensive view of a whole lot of different picks:


    3 years ago

    Mine turned out great! I didn't access to many power tools so I used a hand saw to get the basic shape, a file and a vice to get the pick shape and spent ages hand sanding it down to size... Then the one power tool I did use was a dremel tool with a buffing wheel thingy to make it as smooth as it could get. It took a lot of time but it looks and sounds great!

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