sanding the racket head
The Plysonic is a great project for those who don't want to make anything big as you don't need a lot of space to make one. The plans include over 150 pictures and explain every step in detail. There is additional information about varnishing, sharpening, epoxy use, tips and tricks and more.

And for every set of plans we sell Woodenwidget will plant 5 trees on your behalf!
wooden racket
The Plysonic can be made using almost any wood but obviously some woods are more suitable than others for making a badminton racket. Ash, Beech, Teak and Pine work well or even a mixture of these woods. To make it even simpler you can just use real wood banding which is a very common product and used to cover the edges of kitchen worktops and furniture. There is also a huge choice of wood species, even some quite exotic ones. The advantage of edge banding is that it comes on a roll and is cut very precisely, is very easy to use, relatively inexpensive and easily shipped.
gluing jig
The Plysonic is a bit of a departure for Woodenwidget. It began as a wish to make a wooden racket just for the fun of it but the end result was so pleasing that the decision to make plans was taken. Using modern glues and composite materials it has been possible to make a wooden racket only very slightly heavier than a modern one. There is great satisfaction to be had playing with a racket you have made yourself but the Plysonic is much more than a gimmick. It takes a little while for your body to adapt to the different feel but once you 'get it' you'll never go back!
Being a head heavy racket it has good power and surprising precision too. The best part is the feel of the racket. It is softer to play with and less tiring to use. It is great for soft shots at the net, accurate when serving, powerful for clears but the way it can drive is something else. Obviously you have to take more care of it than a cheap, easily replaced racket. You do not want to use it to pick up shuttlecocks off the court for example but apart from that it is very robust and will be the talk of your badminton club. After all, how many players do you know why play with wood?

The Plysonic plans are very detailed and walk the maker through every single step. You will need a few slightly specialist tools such as a pillar drill with drum sander and maybe an angled head on your drill but apart from that the construction is quite straightforward. The racket head is made from thin laminates about 1 mm thick and they are bent around a purpose made jig. The shaft is a ready made carbon tube and the handle is easy to make from any light wood.



string holes
wooden badminto racket
racket head jig
What makes the Plysonic special?