Making boomerangs is a hobby of mine born of long, boring summer days with nothing to do. It was a struggle to find new things to do without spending a lot of money. You can go to the movies and spend $8 to entertain yourself for two hours with your friends. That's an entertainment cost factor of 1/4 hr/$, which is quite low for a broke student. If you want to make some boomerangs and assuming you have access to a drill, you may spend $50 for everything you need to make 20+ boomerangs, 30 hours of engaged and exciting building time  and endless hours of entertainment. The entertainment cost factor of booming is entirely up to how may times you want to throw your boomerang.

This step by step guide will walk you through the methods that I have found best for making boomerangs on a student's budget.

Step 1: Gathering Supplies

These are the things you will need before you begin building.

  • Safety glasses/ goggles
  • Pencil
  • Large sheet of paper or cardboard (construction paper, cereal box, or paper grocery bag will do)
  • scissors
  • tape
  • Jig saw
  • Electric Drill (preferably corded )
  • Sanding Drum
  • 1/4 inch Baltic Birch 5-Ply Plywood
Although this is a very good tutorial I would recomend you use finish birch to make a boomerang, instead of Baltic birch if you ever want to tune the boomerang, althou
<p>You were right. The Finish Birch does work very well for this project. Not only do the additional plys make for a stronger/better looking 'rang, I've also found after the first few throws that the increased density of this plywood improves the flight characteristics of the boomerang. </p>
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Although this is more expensive
<p>Thank you for the suggestion. I'm not really sure what the difference is between Baltic and Finnish Birch. How would you describe the difference.</p>
<p>I just bought some for this project and will let you know how it goes. The first (and probably most important difference) was I was able to find 12 ply Finnish Birch (link: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/wppages/02-00069.php). I found this by searching for &quot;aircraft grade&quot; plywood.</p>
Very nice tutorial! I've thrown rangs and designed planes for decades and am starting to make my own boomerangs now. These are very concise and thought out instructions. I like how you described the leading and trailing edges. This is something left out if other boomerang instructions I've seen. Kudos!
<p>Worked well! Something I'm sure I'll come back around to doing again.</p>
i don't have a jig saw. can i use a coping saw?
I've been making boomerangs for close to 30 years. I use the same tools as you, excet I have a sanding disk on my drill and also an orbital sander. I can cut out a boomerang, sand it and have it ready to fly in 20 minutes. Painting takes a little longer.
Thank you, maybe someday I can save up for some fancy tools.
Nice job! I'll have to make a few. Love to throw a boomerang. Thanks!!
Wow, great tutorial!
Thank you very much.

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