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How do you make homemade lock picks?

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Making your own set of lock picks is challenging. However, with thin sheet metal, a template, a metal grinder and sandpaper, you can construct a functional set of lock picks. Making lock picks takes patience, precision, and most importantly, lots of practice.

  1. Gather the materials

    Select the type of metal you want to use. Thin, flexible, resilient metal that measures 0.03 inch in thickness, such as the metal used for road signs, works well. The blade from a small hacksaw or a metal hose clamp is also a good option. The best lock pick is made of metal strong enough to withstand the pressure required to open a lock while also being thin enough to fit inside the lock opening. Templates for lock picks are available online. Choose a template suitable for the kind of lock you want to open. You may need to experiment with several designs to find the right one for your needs. You also need a small metal grinder, such as those commonly found at hardware stores. It's important to select a grinder set that allows for small, precision work. To refine the pick, you need 240 and 400 grit sandpaper.

  2. Shape the lock pick

    Place the template on the sheet metal and trace the pattern. Use the grinder to shape the metal into the shape of the template.

  3. Refine the pick

    Use the sandpaper to trim the edges of pick. Sand down the surface of the pick until the edges are free of shards or small metal outcroppings. Use the grinder to smooth and further refine the edges. Make sure the pick is smooth and precise.


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