For all three designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a
shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all three designs work well with
light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are
Tips and Hints
- For a dowel length of 120 cm (48 in.), 5 mm (3/16 in.) dowel works well.
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding nearly the full width of clear
sticking tape inside the outline, then trimming back to the outline.
- Secure the sail to each spar end using two short lengths of electrical
insulation tape. One length goes over and around the tip, the other at
90 degrees to the first tape, with corners folded back under the sail.
- For the upper bridle loop and lower bridle lines, try lengths about 1.5 times the length of the horizontal spar.
- At the bridle attachment points, a Single-wrap Slip knot should be
sufficient, secured with a spot of glue. For this design, they also
serve to lash the spars together.
- No tail is required for this kite.
photo below shows our very first Dowel Barn Door, which was later
improved in several ways. However, both versions looked very similar
from a distance since the sail shape was unchanged.
Tips and Hints
- Reinforce the join in the middle of each diagonal spar with a length of skewer, 0.25 SL (7.3 cm, 2 7/8 in.) long, glued to one side of the join as in the plan.
- Reinforce the join in the middle of the horizontal spar with two
lengths of skewer, 0.15 SL (4.4 cm, 1 3/4 in.) long, glued to each side of
the join as in the plan. The short pieces of bamboo stay flat on the
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines.
- Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape.
- Try a length of bridle line about 2.0 SL (58 cm, 23 in.) long, to tie
between the two upper attachment points. In each case use a Single-Wrap
Slip knot, secured with a spot of glue.
- Use another a length of
bridle line about 2.0 SL (58 cm, 23 in.), to tie between the upper bridle
loop and the lower attachment point.
- For a start, try making a single tail about 12 SL (350 cm, 140 in.) long,
with each end tied to the bottom end of a diagonal spar, forming a
The photo below shows this latest MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door, with its loop tail of black garbage-bag plastic: