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Project by Paul Maurer posted 09-11-2014 12:08 AM 1632 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A boomerang that I helped my Friend Aubrey make in my shop. It is made out of off cut poplar that I had re sawn on my TS. Three layers of 1/8 each laminated alternating in the angle. The wing profile was shaped with a rasp and sanded. The red stripes are acrylic paint under 5 coats of water based poly and wax.

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 12:19 AM

Post a video of it flying! Cool project.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 12:22 AM

I asked for one too! He said maybe this Saturday- I will post it as soon as I get it. (if)

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 02:54 PM

Very nice. I once made a boomerang but when it didn’t return, I just called it a stick.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 03:54 PM

Pretty cool. I remember back in high school a friend and I decided to make boomerangs (as we were studying Australia at the time). We went to the library and looked in the encyclopedia ( this was 1969 , no internet back then) and found several pictures that showed the size and the angles that needed to be on the blade edges.

Back at his grandfather’s garage we cut the shape with a jig saw from an old piece of plywood and started sanding the edges on the blades using the belt sander. We finished them with some house paint we found in the garage.

We were pretty surprised to find that they actually came back when we threw them in a local field. Showed them to our history teacher and she gave us each 10 “extra credit points” for taking the initiative in making them.

About 2 weeks later my buddy broke a window in a neighbor’s house and that was the end of playing with boomerangs!

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 04:24 PM

Good story Joe. Aubrey had a book with dimension drawings in two views. I understood the wing shape, but not the proportions or the 95 degree angle. The book also mentioned using plywood. That would have been a lot of sanding!
Too think of all the tools, glue, clamps ect., it is hard to imagine Aborigines making them with next to nothing in the middle of no where!

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