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Pinewood Derby Toboggan

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Project by Kevin_S posted 598 days ago 1476 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At work they organize occasional events and activities just for fun. Once a year they do a pinewood derby and this year I decided to race. I came up with the toboggan design because I wanted a vehicle that still looked like wood.

I can’t say it was fast since I placed in the middle of the pack, but I did win most unique design! Everyone thought it was laminated wood at first glance, but it’s still just the block of pine. I masked the stripes and sprayed shellac I colored with brown dye. The crossbars are cherry veneer. The brass knob was a last minute design addition to get the sled up near the max weight.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 598 days ago

Pretty cool. I definitely thought it was laminated.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Michael Wilson

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#2 posted 598 days ago

Oh cool! Yeah I’d just assumed it was laminated as well.

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Bagtown

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#3 posted 598 days ago

Love this design
Great job.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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Ted78

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#4 posted 597 days ago

Nice! my little brother made a toboggan pinewood derby car when he was a cub scout years ago.

-- Ted

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davidinpcola

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#5 posted 582 days ago

Nice design Kevin. As a Cub Scout fifty odd years ago I won the Pinewood Derby in Muncie, Indiana. Being in Indiana it was designed like an Indy car of the day with the sleek rounded body. Don’t remember what year it was, but to get the car to max weight I drilled two or three 1/2” holes in the bottom of it then filled the holes with buck shot and taped it over with masking tape. The trick was to drill the holes as close to the front of the car as possible. Perfectly legal and nothing came close to beating me. Naturally my dad was offering lots of advice, especially about using the buckshot and its placement. Smart man, my dad.

-- David

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davidinpcola

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#6 posted 582 days ago

Thanks for bringing back that memory Kevin.

-- David

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