When a chap has been set a challenge, what's to do but step up and meet it?
So, here I am proud to present the world's first Moustache-a-rang.
It flies just like any other boomerang, but not so efficiently, since there is a relatively large amount of weight close to the centre of rotation.
Step 1: Cutting.
The boomerang is cut from cheap 6mm plywood, using a scrollsaw.
I drew up a template in Inkscape, drawing on a randomly-googled moustache image as a rough inspiration, but adding extra "droop" to get it closer to a traditional boomerang shape.
You'll notice that the template has holes in it, where the ends of the moustache curl over. Do not cut these holes out of the plywood, though, or there will not be enough weight near the ends of the arms for the full, vital gyroscopic effect to occur.
Specific risks and hazards will vary from machine to machine, but there are some general guidelines:
- Fingers. Hold the wood behind the blade as much as you can (although some modern blades have teeth on all sides!), and if you can't avoid getting close to the blade, use a piece of scrap timber as a pusher.
- Eyes. I would say "use the guard", but I found the view through the guard to be far too distorted.Wear safety goggles instead.
- Dust. It turns out that scroll saw dust is finer than hand saw dust, and spends a lot of time air-borne. Wear a mask.