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Project by NormalGuy posted 03-25-2012 03:05 AM 5697 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is in the YMCA Adventure Guides, and we recently finished our Pine Car Derby. This was my first attempt at a Pinewood – oops, Pine Car – car, and we also had a “dad’s’ challenge.”

The Cat in The Hat Thingamajigger was designed, painted, and decorated by my daughter. She tried to help, but powertools scare her too much. I added a half-inch of wood to the sides and two inches to the top, routed out the wheel wells, and sanded, sanded, sanded…

The Jeep required me to shorten the wheelbase and was way underweight – even after I added weights.

Rough cuts were made at a neighbor’s scroll saw, but everything else was done with my Dremel. I now regret buying the rechargeable model. I could only work for an hour before having to recharge for three hours.

Both cars won for style, and both placed dead last for speed :)

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 03:55 AM

Some fun looking cars. My daughter would love the Thingamajigger. Congrats on the awards.


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#2 posted 03-25-2012 05:14 AM

Great projects and time well spent!
My son an I built a jeep for his pinewood derby.
We had a lot of fun building it, but it definitely was the slowest car on the track.
Here are links to ours.

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 09:39 AM

But they looked great and the heck with the race I bet they were the best looking cars ever seen there. Great job.

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#4 posted 03-25-2012 10:12 AM

Your hooked, now you will build toys forever.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 03:33 AM

Funny thing…the blue block won! Yup, no shaping, sanding etc… just a coat of blue finger paint!

My daughter has her sights set on a shoe for next year – you know the one that the “old lady” lives in. she wants all four wheels to be hidden like the front wheels were this year. LOL! For the “dad’s challenge” I think im going to forsake the traditional wedge and try an airfoil shape. Either that or a locomotive with smoke coming out.

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