|Project by biglarry||posted 05-15-2011 05:43 PM||6256 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
My daughter, who is a cub scout leader, called several weeks ago and said the Pinewood derby that the scouts have been using for years needs replacing and asked if I would build them a new one. Also she said that my grandson would really like to be able to have their pinewood race this year ( I think this was an attempt at a little guilt trip).
I went online and researched track designs and came up with my own by using some ideas from several plans.
It’s made of 1/2 inch birch plywood, dowels and pine boards. The track guides are made of 1/4” x 1 5/8” x 8’ vinyl trim with colored duct tape. I made a simple pull mechanism that lowers all the starting gates at once.
The first three pictures is the completed unit in the shop and the next three pictures are the setup and race at the fire hall.
My payment was watching the fun the boys had and thinking about the fun many kids will have in the years to come.
-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green