Guitar pick holder and pendant.

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 07-08-2011 09:23 PM 6904 reads 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a simple scroll-sawn necklace pendant that holds two guitar picks. Enjoy!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 09:27 PM

Wheres the guitar to go with it ? good little project what scroll saw is that incidently brother? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 10:03 PM

Very cool Steve, looks like I have some presents in mind for a couple of my friends that are musicians!

That scrollsaw looks like the old Craftsman I used to have! Gave it to on old tool buff after the crank wore out, last I saw of it he had it working again!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 07-08-2011 10:20 PM

Too much narration – we would have gotten the idea without you constantly talking over the music!

That is a very cool little project and a good tribute as well. A fine job Steve!

I will be making one of these in the next few days.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 07-08-2011 10:52 PM

Excellent job, Steve!

COOL technique!

Everything… SO COOL!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 07-08-2011 10:53 PM

very cool Steve. My fiance’s cousin plays the drums. Gives me an idea a some drum sticks holder…..

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 11:04 PM

Dez: You’re right! It is an old Craftsman saw. My dad bought it about 60 years ago.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#7 posted 07-08-2011 11:58 PM

Great Song and project!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-09-2011 12:38 AM

Really cool, Steve! I loved to see you working on that scroll saw! Did you scroll the peace sign in the pick too? That would really be cool to do! (I would put a cat in my pick!) And you are going to think I am really stupid but I never thought of using double sided tape and a thicker board to get maximum thinness out of a planer. In the past, when it got to the max, that was it. I saw you do that and was (once again) surprised by my own stupidity (limitations). Great song. Great project. Awesome video. Your editing is getting fancier and fancier! Pretty soon you are going to start charging us to watch them like MGM!

Thanks for a great inspirational lesson!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 07-09-2011 01:30 AM

Sheila: Thanks for your comments. I really like that peace sign pick, but my son bought it. It’s plastic. But it’s funny you mentioned making it, because this whole project started out because I wanted to see if I could make a wood pick. It just evolved into the holder. I’d still like to try my hand at making a pick.

Can’t take credit for the carpet tape idea. I’m pretty sure I learned about that from a posting on LJ some time ago. I was the same as you: once it got to it’s thinnest, I quit. But how cool to make wood super thin! Opens up a new world of possibilities.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#10 posted 07-09-2011 02:59 AM

Neat Project Steve.

I tried several times as a teenager to make wood picks. When I got the wood thin enough to flex a little, as guitar picks need to do, the tip would break off. It has to be thin, flexible, and strong enough not to break. I have no idea what wood I used, I’d guess it was Pine, Oak, Cottonwood or Willow. I don’t recall ever having any other woods in our shop.

Give it a shot. Someone on here should be able to recommend a strong flexible wood.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 07-09-2011 04:11 AM

Your best video so far, Steve. Cool project. Rush was a great choice for the background music, too.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 07-09-2011 04:14 AM

Dan – maybe if you used a tighter-grained wood such as maple it would hold up well and be a better choice for making a pick. The woods you mentioned are quite a bit softer and perhaps that is why you had such a hard time getting them to hold up. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 07-09-2011 04:35 AM

some of my highschool kids have attempted making guitar picks. They would spend weeks hand sanding a 1inch piece thin enough to be picks but heaven forbid I make them finish sand their bookshelfs.
one of their favorites for durability was taking plywood and sanding down so that you had a little bit of two different layers. It gave the cross grain strength that you need to play.

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#14 posted 07-09-2011 05:23 AM

Nice project Steve, Gunna have to make some of those. A local wood dealer i know makes guitar picks (thousands) and sells them at music festivals, he uses local hardwoods and some exotics. Apparently the shape and size of the pick affects the sound, and they cant have any flat spots. That’s a lot of sanded fingers.


-- It seem's to me i could live my life, a lot better than i think i am. Andrew, Midland, Ont.

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#15 posted 07-09-2011 06:04 AM

Best video ever, Steve. Just had to say it.

-- Mel,

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