|Project by Olaf Gradin||posted 04-10-2013 03:06 AM||2056 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
I am the Cubmaster for a Cubscout Pack in northeast Georgia. When it came time to deliver some trophies to our kids’ pinewood derby racing champs, I knew plastic tokens weren’t going to cut it!
This project wasn’t complicated, and I used scrap wood to build them. The smaller “Den” trophies are wormy Ash while the larger “Pack” trophy is Magnolia sandwiched around Cherry (I think it was Cherry). I used a cheap bandsaw and kept the cuts imprecise to be refined later with rasps, files, and finally sandpaper. The larger trophy was one long piece that I glued up with the Cherry spline. I cut off the spare and divided it up to act as the “feet” on both the sides and the front. There was some strategy needed to make all the cuts on a bandsaw so that I a) had room to push the piece through, and b) had enough material support to cover the more awkward angles. It’s worth doing a mental dry-run when compound angles are involved just so you don’t run into problems once your supporting surface is no longer 90°.
I finished the pieces with a simple mineral spirits/poly rub, followed by gold glitter applied in layers to create a stripe. The real trick to these trophies is that I created a “ram’s horn” support with a paper clip to attach the derby’s axle to. These trophies sport the racer’s car with a non-permanent mount!
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