Wooden Glider: How To

Get your supplies laid out.


  • Balsa wood
  • Sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Small wooden glue
  • Ru

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Step 1: Trim Wings

Trim the wings for aerodynamics.

Step 2: Cut Out Fins

Cut out the back and dorsal fins for the plane.

Step 3: Body

Make the body of the plane by gluing some of the sticks together.

Step 4: Attach Fins

Glue the back fins on and make sure they are perpendicular to the body.

Step 5: Attach Dorsal Fin

Attach the dorsal fin and remember to hold it upright as the glue sets.

Step 6: Prepare Wings

Set up the wings so gluing will be quick and have little room for error.

Step 7: Glue the Wings

Glue on the wings and touch up anywhere that needs it.

Step 8: Throwing Stick

Attach the rubber band knot to the pole.

Step 9: Throw the Plane

Now you cast the plane like you're fishing and watch it glide.

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    14 days ago

    Looks like a nice sturdy glider! Do you have a video of it being launched?