Kite winders are used to hold and manage the long string you use to control your kite while flying. The kite winder needs to be easy to hold and unwind while running as well as strong enough to stay firm when the kite is caught by wind and jerks against your hand. By following the steps below you can make a kite winder.
- Piece of ¾ inch wood or plywood 12 inches long by 3 3/8 inches wide
- Sandpaper – 1 sheet medium, 1 sheet fine grade
- Tape measure
- Kite line/string
- Trace the kite winder shape. Place the wood on a flat surface with the long side at the top. Use the tape measure and pencil to mark one inch from each corner. Mark both sides of the corner. Then connect the marks by drawing a line to make a triangle at the top of both the right and left corner. Now create the rest of the shape by drawing a notch out of the bottom end. The notice should be six inches long and one and a half inches wide. Center the notch then draw the shape onto the wood to finish the pattern.
- Cut out the kite winder. With the saw, cut along the lines you made in step one at the top corners and the bottom notice. Once cut the winder should look like the letter C turned sideways.
- Sand the kite winder smooth. Start with the medium sand paper to sand all the edges. Try to round the edges of both sides of the notch. Once you have sanded all the edges with the medium grit paper, switch to fine grit. Again sand all the edges. Then sand the top and bottom. Any jagged or sharp edges can snag your kite line and cause you to lose your line and your kite.
- Knot the kite line then wind it. Loop one end of the line around the top handle of the winder near one of the corner edges. Tie a secure knot in the line so that it won’t come undone then slide the line so it sits in the insider corner of the C shape. You are now ready to wind the kite line. Wrap the line around the winder long side. Hold the back of the C in your hand and wind the line around the outside of the two ends of the notch. Don’t tie the line too close to the ends of the notch sides or it could slide off.
- Attach the line to your kite then go fly. When flying the kite you can hold your new winder at the triangle cut corners with both hands, or grasp it single handed by holding on to the back of the C shape.
Making your own kite winder gives you the freedom to design and create the perfect accompaniment to your kite collection. Feel free to experiment and make adjustments to this simple template so the winder fits better in your hand or works better with your particular kite flying style.