Lately I have begun to play a lot of disc golf. However, discs can be quite expensive and I tend to lose one every now and then. So why not just make your own? Here is the disc I'm "copying" http://www.innovadiscs.com/discs/mid-range-discs/speed-5/shark3.html. and its price can range from about $8-$20 depending on the type of plastic you buy it in. But its free if you make your own!

Here is a video of the Woodpecker in action, it works quite well actually. This isn't an actual hole (hole 17 tee pad to hole 2 basket) but it's 320 feet slightly down hill and the disc made the drive but landed just to the left of the basket 
I'm also attaching the cdx4 file I made for this project. 

Step 1: Planning

Picture of Planning
The first thing you'll want to do is decide what kind of disc you want. I first drew out a quick Sketch of the disc life sized. this helped me know how to cut the wood.

If your making a disc golf disc than you'll need to decide if you want to make a longer range disc or a mid range disc. I made more of a mid range disc but it acts a lot like a distance driver and has a range of about 300ft. 

Things to know about discs:
1. more weight towards the center  of the disc will cause the disc to flip over or turn right if thrown by a right handed person using a
backhand shot (RHBH). this would make the disc "undersatble". 
2. More weight on the very edge of the disc will cause the disc to have a natural curve to the left when thrown RHBH. this makes the disc "overstable". 
3. The height of the disc will also effect the flight. A tall disc will fly a lot slower than a slim disc, But will be more stable during flight. 
4. The area inside the disc will also effect the flight. If a disc has a large inside area (the bottom of the disc). The disc will glide or be more stable during its flight.

XTL2 months ago

I reworked this and added spokes. The spokes can be cut out after gluing but mean you can line up all the shapes really well for gluing.

You could also use the spokes and hole in the middle to act as a pivot to help get an even sand (put a nail through it and hold that while it and the sanding device spin). Be careful though :)

In its new form its an SVG in Ponoko's color scheme - so it can be ordered directly from them. (scale it up or down and add logos as you like. Inkscape is free and easy to use)


dworley36 months ago
I'm a pretty hardcore golfer. I would buy this for 50 easy. You should sell those at a tournament. I know a lot of people who would love to hang one of those on their wall. That looks great man.
Emsaid (author)  dworley35 months ago
Thanks! I've made mini discs and etched the tournament logo on them. They are always a big hit! I can possibly put some up on etsy if you would like.
Cubeish5 months ago

I love playing ultimate frisbee, would love to try making one.

csilveroli8 months ago
is there ANY chance someone can give me the measurements of each piece? thanks SO much... could be the BEST xmas gift ever!
Cadet Park1 year ago
Would the instructions be the same for the pocket-sized frisbee?
Emsaid (author)  Cadet Park1 year ago

relitivly the same.. When I make a mini I don't include the "steps" as seen on the underside of the full sized disc. But otherwise its all exactly the same. I need to update this ible because even on the full sized discs adding the steps is pointless and affects the flight negativly

XTL2 years ago
cdr is no good for me. any chance you could save as svg or ancient ai(v9) file...
XTL XTL2 years ago
Actually Inkscape can read it - Yay...
XTL2 years ago
Best way to get them all perfectly centered might be to leave a little laser cut crosspiece with a centering hole. Then cut that out when its all glued up ???
askjerry2 years ago
You know... I keep making things from a solid piece of wood... I need to start thinking of layers... very nicely done.
louis.m2 years ago
With all the concrete in my latest instructable mail I actually expected a concrete Frisbee :).
bobstuart2 years ago
I get pictures across some of the text. Is this cut from plywood? What kind? A layer of 1-oz. fiberglass and epoxy would probably do wonders for the durability.
Emsaid (author)  bobstuart2 years ago
oops! forgot to put that in! It's cut from 3-ply 1/8 birch plywood. I've been thinking about fiberglass or carbon fiber but maybe for another 'ible!
At these weights, carbon would tear easily, and be too thin for style points. "Glass makes a lovely clear finish - you can get the thin stuff at a model shop. Aramid or Spectra would be the way to get a tough disk. It might not be easy to get some of the thicker, more expensive cloth to follow the rim curve without a wrap of Saran or similar stuff. Any reinforcing will be denser than the wood, affecting the balance, and the epoxy soakage will too. It might pay to lightly coat the wood to seal it before adding the rest of the layers. You might want a fairly rubbery epoxy like Cold Cure, or a tough one like System Three's Phase Two. (That's not a blanket recommendation for S. T.) At some point, you wind up with a tough plastic disk again, shaped by wood that remains as a decorative inclusion.
dor19782 years ago
it's beautiful
dnicks2 years ago
man i would not want to lose that disc.
looks super though. i was just discussing disc golf with my brother when i came across this post... we were talking about saving money on discs by buying a $4000 3d printer to just print them off. Both methods seem equally ridiculous :)
darman122 years ago
This is awesome! My friends and I love playing ultimate. And my dad loves playing disc golf. If only I had the tools :(
Emsaid (author)  darman122 years ago
it would be possible to complete this project with just a saw and sanding block. though it would take a lot longer
darman12 Emsaid2 years ago
How on earth would you cut the circles, lol.
Emsaid (author)  darman122 years ago
A coping saw would work alright, they have a thin enough blade to make tight turns
darman12 Emsaid2 years ago
Ok, thanks for the tip.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Oh wow this is stunning! What a COOL idea, I want one!
PS. voted good luck!
Emsaid (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you!
Jobo172 years ago
why is this not entered in the "I could make that" contest? it's really cool
Emsaid (author)  Jobo172 years ago
Thanks! but it was rejected :(
Oooh! I need to make one of these!
Kiteman2 years ago
Did you shape the underside, or leave it "stepped"?
Emsaid (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
I thought about it but just left it stepped. It would look nicer but it would take a lot more time and I would hate to mes it up.
Kiteman Emsaid2 years ago
OK, thanks.
drknotter2 years ago
This is totally awesome! And it's amazing the performance you can get out of it. Have you had problems with durability? I'm not the best player and sometimes my disc hits a tree, for example. Also, did you use any special tools to ensure that your shaping was symmetric, or did you just eyeball it?
Emsaid (author)  drknotter2 years ago
I've tried to be really careful with it but I have hit a couple trees and it seems to be alright.
I did get a ding in it from hitting a basket but its very small. So it seems to be pretty durable.. so far! And no I didn't use any special tools, if you look closely you can tell its a little lop sided but it doesn't effect the flight.