Awana Grand Prix

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Blog series by PaBull updated 12-07-2011 01:05 AM 5 parts 21767 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: Pine car derby time

10-30-2010 06:09 AM by PaBull | 6 comments »

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.

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Part 2: Oh no, the kids are on the power tools.

10-31-2010 07:34 PM by PaBull | 6 comments »

Yesterday I introduced my kids to the project of the Awana Grand Prix (or pine car derby). We have not participated for years, So I went digging for all the old cars I still had stored in a container on the property from them and older siblings. It was to see my shooting boards being used. The blocks were not square at all. I don’t design cars, I just try to help them make their dream car. Cutting out the designs on the band saw. Counting fingers before and afte...

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Part 3: Working the block of wood & wheel positioning

11-14-2010 09:20 PM by PaBull | 5 comments »

When we got the block of wood for the body, they were totally out of square. We took them to the shooting board to square them up. For an example of a shooting board, look at the widget below. Or you can use a table saw to square up your block. The shape of the car was completely up to the children, I like the skating board the best for the race my self, but don’t tell my children this. The next thing I was looking at was the positioning of the wheels, where to put the a...

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Part 4: Wheels, axles and wheight

11-16-2010 02:40 AM by PaBull | 3 comments »

Here we are getting to an other part where the dad determines the success of the outcome of the race for your child. We need to look at the weight. It can not go over 5 oz. So I get out my postal scale and get it as close as possible. Sorry about the tung, this kid takes after his dad. I had to drill out some cars, others needed a lot of pennies added. (This is cutting into the grocery bill) I could use a good October beer at this point. 24 wheels. First I would clean the...

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Part 5: Another year went by, 2011

12-07-2011 01:05 AM by PaBull | 9 comments »

It is November 2011, time to get the blocks of wood, wheels and axles ready for the race. We will have nine cars in the race this year, that is 36 wheels and 36 axles. I never use the wooden block provided by the club. I do not like the position of the axles (too close together) and I do not like the slots. Other years I have always drilled new holes for the axles. I was never happy with how square the axles were in the block. This caused extra friction. Always looking for that perf...

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