Guide to Hand Made Locksmith Tools – Tweezers

Making Tweezers

A good pair of tweezers can be made out of a scrap piece of transmission dipstick.

Hand made Tweezers

Using an old oil dipstick to start off

Hand made Tweezers

Measuring to the correct length for grinding

Hand made Tweezers

Marking up prior to grinding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply cut the dipstick to around a 24 cm length, then bend the dipstick in half, and mark what material you will grind away.

Now, tape the two pieces together so you can grind the metal away evenly. Make sure to dip the tweezers in water occasionally when grinding to keep them from getting too hot. Now, grind away to where you marked.

Next, file the metal smooth using progressively finer and finer files.

Hand made Tweezers

The two pieces taped together for even grinding

Hand made Tweezers

Grinding to where previously marked

Hand made Tweezers

Filing the Tweezers smooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, you must notch the file using a round file. The point of this is so that the pin will fit in the file without moving around much. File as close to the end of the tweezers as possible.

Hand made Tweezers

File as close to the end of the tweezers as possible (shown in red)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, you must make the pin loader. For this, I used a piece of ski tag wire, but any thin, yet fairly strong metal will do.

Hand made Tweezers

Making the pin loader

First, bend it as shown in the picture.

Now, attach it to the end of the tweezers by wrapping it around the joint, and then taping it there. When you press down on the wire, it should pass between the notches you filed for the pin.

Hand made Tweezers

Attaching the pin loader to the Tweezers

Next, you must insert a piece of metal between the ski wire and the tweezers to keep the ski wire from falling in between the two prongs of the tweezers.

Hand made Tweezers

Wire sitting correctly in between filed notches

 

 

 

 

I used a hair clip, but any small piece of metal will work, such as street sweeper bristles, wiper blade inserts, or a paperclip.
Make it into a U shape so that it will fit over the top of the tweezers.

Hand made Tweezers

Will prevent ski wire falling between the two prongs of the tweezers

 

Hand made Tweezers

U – shaped to fit over the Tweezers

 

 

Now, fit this piece of metal over the tweezers prongs, and under the ski wire. Tape it in place.

Finished Hand made Tweezers

U – shaped wire taped in place

 

 

 

 

Finished Hand made Tweezers

Finished Hand made Tweezers

 

 

Your tweezers are finished!

 

 

 

 

 

Taken from our archives of a previous print publication in October 2006

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