My First Woodworking Project - 2012

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Project by RobJohn80 posted 588 days ago 670 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project, it was for the pinewood derby

We got a kit from the cub scouts. That first kit broke because we cut it too thin. So my Dad and I built this a few days before the race.

I didn’t win the derby, but was the fastest in my Tiger Den.

We are building other cool things and will put photos up when they are done.

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#1 posted 588 days ago

You did win, just didn’t know it…..the time with your Dad is where you won. Nice job. I remember my first pine derby. My dad and I worked on it together but we attached the wheels too high so it didn’t work on the track. It was worse on my dad than me for the failed attempt but we got a chance to make another one and all turned out well for the next time.

Have you guys carved out a totme pole yet? That is another fun project I enjoyed in scouts. Good luck and keep the pics coming.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#2 posted 588 days ago

Cool looking car. I started my woodworking hobby making hobby building a pinewood derby car almost 30 years ago.

-- Ted

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#3 posted 588 days ago

Very nice, It was 50+ years ago when I made my first Pinewood Derby car. Wish I still had it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 588 days ago

We had built a few.

It is great fun. Unfortunately kids are more focus with things with buttons.
Our focus is either or
1. Looks.
2. Speed.
but not both at the same time.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#5 posted 588 days ago

I remember the pinewood derby racer I made in scouts. It was in the early 1960s. It was a block of 2×4 with wheels held on by nails. I remember sanding my hands off to make that thing smooth. Oh, it was STILL just a 2×4 block… but it was a SMOOTH one! :-)
These things sure have come a long way. Good job!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 588 days ago

Boy does THAT bring back those old Derby Days! Sure puts a smile on my face!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 588 days ago

Thanks for sharing, brings back lots of 60+ yr old memories, as someone else said even though you might not have won the race you did win the best trophy, “sharing time with your dad” :-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#8 posted 534 days ago

G’Day RobJohn,
You mightn’t have won the race on the day but you are a sure winner in my books.
What a great looking racer.
We don’t have “derby days” in Australia to my knowledge but they sound a lot of fun, especially making the racers.
Cheers from On top DownUnder, crowie

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 534 days ago

Great job buddy,the main thing is that your having fun woodworking.

-- Custom furniture

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