How To Build A Barn Door Kite

Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 3

The MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door

This set of instructions on how to build a Barn Door kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. And if you are a 'visual-learner', it should be possible to complete the kite by referring only to the pictures.

Learn how to make a Barn Door kite like this one.

You might already have some of the simple tools and materials required. Anything you don't have is easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something pretty similar!

Probably the most important thing to get right is making and adjusting the bridle. This trips up so many would-be kite makers who are trying it for the first time! I've tried hard to make the instructions fool-proof in this area.

The MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door is medium-sized at 58 cm (23") across and 53 cm (21") tall, with generous dihedral and a fairly short looped tail.

The 2-Skewer Barn Door is a very nice light-to-moderate wind flier.

Way up into the moderate wind range in fact. Up to around 30 kph if the bridle is adjusted forward enough.

The video below shows this latest version of the 2-Skewer Barn Door scooting around in winds of around 20 kph.



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How To Build A Barn Door Kite
Sail

Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.

Sail template for the 2-Skewer Barn Door kite.

The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. The left edge of the template corresponds to the edge of the plastic bag. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...

The 2-Skewer Barn Door - dots marked on plastic.
The 2-Skewer Barn Door - template shape marked on plastic bag.
  • Take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
  • Mark dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the Template. There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will be duplicated on the other side of the sail. And it will make hardly any difference to how the kite flies.
  • Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots to create the Template shape.



The 2-Skewer Barn Door - template shape traced to other side.
The 2-Skewer Barn Door - plastic opened to show complete sail outline.
The 2-Skewer Barn Door - bag cut ready for unfolding
The 2-Skewer Barn Door - sail cut out and edged with sticky tape
The 2-Skewer Barn Door - close-up of edge tape.
  • Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
  • Cut out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail, open it out and lay it flat on the floor - you can now see the complete sail outline, as in the photo.
  • Run clear sticky tape along every straight line, leaving most of the tape on the inside of the sail edges.
  • Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail. See the close-up photo on the right.


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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7