Locksport. View topic - Kaotik's Tension Wrench "How-To" Guide. This is a how-to guide on making a Double Prong and a Serrated Tension Wrench out of Street Sweeper Bristles.
Tools you will need: From left to right; Jewelers Hammer, Flat Faced Hammer (any hammer with a moderately flat striking surface will work fine), Metal Blocks ( or you can use the flat Anvil like surface that is attached to a vice), 5" Snub-nosed Vice Grips, 5" Needle-nosed Vice Grips, Small pair of Pliers, Pencil Torch ( any torch would work, I use this one because it will concentrate the heat to a small area) and 4 Street Sweeper Bristles (2 long and 2 short).
Tools that are not in the picture that are used: Vice, Dremel/Grinder and files. View topic - The Official Kaotik Pickset Thread. Squelchtone wrote:How do you cut such exact patterns into the handles?
Skill my young lad, honed through years of a hobby with jewelry repair and making. squelchtone wrote:Is it two different metals for the pick tang and the handles, or is it a different finishing technique? The entire pick is carbon steel (hacksaw blade) and the handles are cut from aluminum sheet, thickness varies from the type of handle. Normally all the pick handles come with .032 with the exception of the Ripple which has .064. Jaakko wrote:If I remember this correctly, he uses some sort of gorilla glue, 2 component epoxy or the like Correct, it is a 2-part Epoxy Resin compound, specified for industrial use in the Autobody field, also known as panel adhesive.
Thanks for the kind words. Newpicks.jpg (800×600) View topic - Making my(your) own lock picks. DIY. Time to transfer.
First I had to clean off my feelers. I used Trichlorotrifluoroethane. It worked really well and you can usually find something similar in electrical contact cleaner. My bottle is like 20 years old and the EPA would probably skin me alive if they knew I still had an original bottle.I didnâ€™t bother to change the surface of the feeler gauge. It didnâ€™t seem to be a problem with the bonding process in the end. Then I printed out the templates and cut them down to fit on my feelers. I used Parchment Paper, commonly used for baking, as a protective layer over the template. I fired up my iron to MAXIMUM POWER! 17PieceSet-v2.jpg (667×800) Templates-romstar.jpg (668×799) View topic - Making Falle Style Wrenches. I've been playing around with saltwater etching and discovered that it is the perfect solution for my biggest hurdle in making falle style wrenches: cutting out material from the center of the blank.
With saltwater etching we can simply etch out the material in the center and then shape the rest with conventional tools. I put together a photo tutorial of how I did it. Keep in mind that this is only the second attempt I've made at making these so I haven't perfected the details yet but the meat and potatoes of it are solid. So here we go. What you will need: +I use hacksaw blades for my material because they are easy to acquire and inexpensive but if you are using another material I don't see any reason why the process would be any different. First, cut or break the blades in half and grind/dremel/file off the teeth.
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I) Noted security expert Marc Weber Tobias contributes a new column, The Lockdown, exposing the shoddy security you may depend on. The Bump Key: A new old threat to the security of mechanical locks The most popular locking mechanism in the world utilizes the pin tumbler design, first developed 4000 years ago in Egypt and then rediscovered and perfected a century and a half ago by Linus Yale. There are billions of these locks in the world and they come in all sizes, configurations, and security ratings. Some are secure; most are not, and even some high security rated cylinders can be easily compromised. All that is required to open many times of pin tumbler cylinders -- the kind of lock that probably keeps the bad guys out of your home -- is a bump key and a tool for creating a bit of force. In 2004, this relatively old technique of opening locks was rediscovered by the European locksmith community in Germany and other countries.
The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers. This is a repository of the most up-to-date versions of Deviant's lock diagrams and animations.
Seen in all of the TOOOL educational materials and slide decks, these files are all released under the Creative Commons license. You are free to use any of them for non-commercial purposes, as long as they are properly attributed and the same freedom for others is maintained in all derivative works. Please note that these diagrams have evolved and developed over time.
While Deviant is still proud of the older versions of his images, if you still have copies of legacy material they should all be replaced with the latest versions available here. MIT Guide to Lockpicking.
Homemade Lock Picks - Lock Pick Templates - Make a Lock pick.