Modified Cavity and Wormhole Pick

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Detail picks are too skinny to hold for long periods of time, so I made a handle for mine. Simply drill a suitable size hole through the center of whatever you want to use as the handle, and set the pick(s) in with epoxy. For my handle, I turned a piece of mesquite burl and polished it up to a high gloss shine. But anything shaped somewhat like a handle will do. The picks I used for this were too long so I cut them shorter, so the cut ends meet in the middle.

Since I drilled one hole all the way through, I packed a tiny ball of paper (about 1/8”) between the picks to prevent the epoxy from running out the other end.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 07:07 PM

Good idea. I know what you mean about working with skinny tools for a long time.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 07:11 PM

Ted thats a pretty piece of mesquite burl, you are right i ticked up some dentist picks and they are to small to use very long

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 07:13 PM

That is a great idea and an excellent execution, of said idea!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 08:51 PM

Nice piece of burl, Ted! I may have to do that for my new set. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 08:55 PM

Great job sir. Definitely better than most dentist tools.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 10:47 PM

That is a gr8 idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 01:12 AM

Nice stuff there, Ted. Really great idea. Need to steal your idea

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 01:16 AM


-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#9 posted 01-19-2016 06:11 PM

Thanks for the comments, everybody. I’m thinking of making a video but it’s so darned simple… if somebody needs a video to show them how, they probably shouldn’t be playing with sharp objects to begin with. But it would be a fun one.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#10 posted 01-31-2016 07:53 PM

Nice work. Are the picks dental tools?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-02-2016 02:33 AM

Mike, hubby found a similar set, after much searching, in the welding section of the local farm/ranch store (Atwoods).

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 02-04-2016 02:26 PM

Hi Mike., yes they are dental tools but I would hope my dentist uses a much higher quality :). I paid less than $10 for a set of 6 at Menard’s.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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