Throwing The Boomerang

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Your boomerang will return I guarantee it, providing you learn to throw it correctly. But don't worry, it's easy. Pick a big, open field and a day with a mild breeze-about 5 MPH or less. At higher wind speeds throwing gets tricky, and 10 MPH to 15 MPH is too much. Throw from the center of the field so there are no obstructions. Trees have a habit of snagging boomerangs as if trying to reclaim their wooden origins. With the boomerang held vertically, toss it with an overhand motion Ike throwing...

Designed for the Chicago Botanic Garden This Bench Will Make Any Backyard Look Like an Estate

Homemade Plans Bench Drum Sander

W W cago Botanic Garden callcd w 1 me in 1987, they were look-f T ing for a garden bench well within the English garden-bench tradition but distinctive in appearance, comfortable, durable, and handmade in America. The folks at the botanic garden and I worked together for nearly a year, refining a design. Two trips to Chicago and three prototypes later, we arrived at the design shown here. A lot of careful thought went into the bench. That thought was directed primarily toward aesthetic and...

Making A Scratch Stock

Making Scratch Stock Blade

Efore the advent of power routers and shapcrs, craftsmen devised simple hand tools like the scratch stock for forming decorative shapes. The scratch stock consisted of a scraper blade ground to a desired profile mounted vertically in a block of wood. Bv scratch- ing this tool back and forth across a wooden surface, a decorative shape emerged. A scratch stock remains useful today. In many cases, it will do a better job of cutting a small shape than a power tool does, particularly in hardwood....