Step-by-Step Guide to a DIY Boomerang
“Natural elbow” boomerangs are crafted from the elbow shapes of tree branches, which can be found on almost any tree. While boomerangs can also be made from plywood and other store bought woods, there is something special and unique about a boomerang that is made from a tree branch found in nature, showing off the wood’s natural graining and pattern. Here is a step-by-step guide to creating your very own natural elbow boomerang!
Tools and Materials for a DIY Boomerang
- Grafting wax
- Pocket saw
- Polyurethane glue
- Manual saw
- Plane (electric recommended)
- Sanding paper (80 to 600 grit)
- Natural oil
- Safety gloves, ear plugs, and goggles
Directions for a DIY Boomerang
- Go out into nature and find a branch of wood with a natural elbow shape. This can be any species of desired wood and can be harvested from any location.
- Peel off the branch’s bark and seal both ends of the branch using polyurethane glue. Allow the wood to dry for a period of up to one full year – stripping the bark and applying the glue helps to quicken the drying process.
- Once the wood has dried completely, it needs to be planed in order to create a flat surface. Plane the piece of wood on both sides with an equal thickness all around. When using an electric plane, make sure to wear safety goggles, gloves, and earplugs.
- Slice the planed wood into 1/3-inch-thick slices, making as many slices as the wood will allow. To do this, secure the elbow of wood using a vice, and cut with a manual saw – electric saws are not recommended.
- Taking one slice of wood, draw out the areas that need to be cut away to give the boomerang its shape. Cut away the unwanted areas using a jigsaw or sander.
- Using the planer, sander, and sand paper, shape the boomerang’s profiles in order to make it aerodynamic. A boomerang’s ends are basically wings, which means they are flattened toward the ends. Make sure to understand the basic principles of a boomerang and how it flies before sanding and creating the profile.
- Once the boomerang has been completely sanded, use a natural oil and apply it to the wood to protect it. This can be done by warming the oil in the palm of the hands and massaging it in to the wood.
- Once the oil has set and dried, enjoy your new DIY boomerang!
If you think you’re ready to get started on your DIY Natural Elbow Boomerang, feel free to check out the Hipp’s Help store for supplies. We offer FREE ship to store for all of Mountain View customers. And we also offer reasonable shipping rates for the rest of our customers throughout the country.
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