This design was inspired by a book I used to check out from the library, read and re-read when I was a kid. It's called Boomerangs: How to Make and Throw Them , and it was pretty great. The author would apparently make boomerangs that he could throw and then catch with his eyes closed. He would also paint them and get birds to chase them. Every time I've made one of his designs, it's been very successful. This instructable shows my version of what I remember being my favorite design: a simple cross-type boomerang made from thin, beveled pieces of wood with a slight bend. Dimensions aren't critical: the design is robust enough that it seems to work well as long as you get the basic idea right and the bends in the right direction.
What you need:
- An 18" 2x4, (or 2x6, 2x8, 2x10... etc).
- Wood glue
- A table saw
- A sander
- A microwave
- Two 18" paint stirring sticks (from home depot)
- A pocket knife
- A bolt and nut (or wood glue)
- A candle
I made it at TechShop (techshop.ws)
Step 1: Cut Two Thin Strips of Wood
Cut two strips from your piece of wood. Final strip dimensions should be ~ 2 inch wide, 1/8-1/4 inch thick, and 18-24 inches long.
If you're using a 2xsomething, put your table saw at a 45 degree angle (increases strip width from 1.5 inches to 2.1 inches). Alternatively, you could rotate the wood 90 degrees and cut very wide strips (3.5" for 2x4, for example), then cut those strips down to the size you want.
Paint stirring sticks = wooden strips. They are probably too narrow, but they'll still work pretty well.