Awana Grand Prix #1: Pine car derby time

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Blog entry by PaBull posted 10-30-2010 06:09 AM 3733 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, 6 blocks; 24 wheels; 24 axles and six racers.
Check-in on November 17th; the race November 19th.

Any suggestions?

I’ll keep you posted.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 10-30-2010 11:39 AM

Here are a few.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 10-30-2010 05:15 PM

If those two boys in the picture are yours, my suggestion is turn them loose. I always bought an extra car
kit then be boys and I retired to the basement shop. I worked only on my car, I would offer advise, but
the boys built their own cars. After they were ready for paint, I would make an oval hollow in the bottom
of each car and melt and pour lead into it. Then we would go to the post office and use their scale to get
the weight right at the legal limit. The boys would apply their own finish, usually a bright metallic from a
Testor spray can. It was fun and one year the oldest boy even took first place in the county constest. We
did not go any higher. Hope you and the boys enjoy yourselves.

As ever, Gus the 71 yr young laborer, trying to become a carpenters apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 10-30-2010 05:18 PM

I’m with Gus,
share the fun, share the craft.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 10-30-2010 06:42 PM

Alba, thanks. We will have ball.
Gus, yes, my sons will be in charge, but so will be the four daughters. And I have two daughters on the side line watching, because they are too your to have a car in the race. (they will be racing next year)
Mad, thanks for those designs, I will show them to my children.

be good, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 10-30-2010 10:21 PM

Please explain to a Bushman in Africa, exactly how does these Pine Car Races work? Not at all familiar with it.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 10-31-2010 12:32 AM
Try this link Div… let me know if you need more explaining.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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