Step 1: Step 1. Things You Will Need
1. A 2 ft x 2 ft sheet of 3/8 inch plywood
2. Vertical band-saw
4. Sand paper
5. Decorating materials (paint, markers, etc.)
Time for Completion
Based upon prior experience and familiarity with tools, the estimated completion on this project is 1-3 hours.
Step 2: Step 2. Sketching the Boomerang
1. Determine your desired boomerang design
2. Sketch your boomerang on the wood.
3. The boomerang should have an angle between 80-150 degrees.
4. The size of the boomerang is up to the designer but a 2 ft x 2 ft board can get 2-3 boomerangs.
Step 3: Step 3. Cutting Out the Boomerang
CAUTION: Using power tools can be dangerous. If you have not been trained on how to use the equipment described, seek assistance from an experienced operator.
1. Start the vertical band saw
2. Begin cutting out the shape of the boomerang
3. Stay as close to the sketched lines as possible as this will help later in the process
4. When finished cutting, turn off the saw and clean up the area.
Step 4: Step 4. Sanding the Edges
1. Sand the top and bottom face of the boomerang.
2. Next, sand all around the edges of the boomerang so they are rounded.
3. Take off all the rough points on the boomerang so you can run your hand over the edges with no catches.
This can be done by hand with sandpaper or using a belt sander, whichever the user prefers.
Step 5: Step 5. Sketch the Foils
1. With a pencil, sketch the foils on the top surface of the boomerang (As shown in the photograph).
2. For right-handed users the sketch should be as shown with the end that will be held having the foil on the inside.
3. If left-handed, just draw your foils in the mirror image.
4. The foil should take up 1/3 to just under 1/2 of the surface of the boomerang.
Step 6: Step 6. Sand the Foils
1. This can be done by hand or with a belt sander, the belt sander is recommended as sanding by hand will take several hours.
2. Begin by sanding along the outline, you want the edge to be sharp to the bottom of the boomerang.
3. When sanding the foil there will be a gradual slope from the boomerang edge to the end of your foil.
4. The foil should slightly wrap around the end of the boomerang (As pictured).
Step 7: Step 7. Holding the Boomerang
1. When holding the boomerang you want to hold the end so that the open V faces away from you, as in the picture.
2. Grip the boomerang near the end.
3. Place your thumb on top.
4. Place your other 4 fingers on the bottom side much like holding a Frisbee.
Step 8: Step 8. Aligning the Boomerang With the Wind
1. Determine the wind direction, an easy way to do this is throw some grass up in the air and see which direction it blows (pictured).
2. Now face directly into the wind.
3. Turn approximately 45 to your right from the direction the wind blows. For left-hand throwers, turn to the left.
4. You are now ready to throw the boomerang.
Step 9: Step 9. Throwing and Catching the Boomerang
1. Hold the boomerang at approximately a 45 degree angle from vertical on release.
2. The throwing motion will be similar to an overhand baseball throw.
3. Make sure to throw hard so that the boomerang will return to you.
4. Release your hand-crafted boomerang!
5. Watch closely as your boomerang goes out and starts to return to you.
6. As the boomerang approaches you it will begin to level out and fly like a frisbee and descend to the ground.
7. If you threw it with the correct amount of force it should descend and come right back to where you are standing.
Step 10: Step 10. Making Adjustments to Throwing Style
Throwing a boomerang takes practice, likely it did not return right to you on your first try. There are simple ways to make adjustments.
1. If the boomerang landed short of then try throwing with more force.
2. If the boomerang flew over your head, throw it softer.
3. If the boomerang was to your left or right there are a few things to try.
- Turn your body more to the right or left from the 45 degree angle you started at.
-Adjust the angle you are throwing the boomerang at on release.
Depending on your particular throwing style and the strength of the wind, any of these factors could affect your throw. Small tweaks to your throw will allow you to figure it out.
Step 11: Step 11. Customizing Your Boomerang
1. Decide what you would like to decorate your boomerang with.
2. Make it your own.
Congratulations, you have now created and thrown your very own boomerang. Next time, you could try a different style. Or teach a friend how to make one.