Pinewood Derby Track

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Project by biglarry posted 05-15-2011 05:43 PM 24980 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 07:00 PM

In the past I was the Pinewood Derby chairman for years. This is an excellent track. I love the the finish, the different colored tracks, the starting gate, and the finish. These are some lucky Scouts.

Where is your car?

-- "Be more human."

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 07:23 PM

If you look at the third picture you will see my car. It is a block of pine with official wheels, weighted 4.7 ounces and beat my grandson’s car 2 out of three runs.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 05:26 AM

Very nice. I like the multi colored lanes.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 06:06 PM

Great job! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 12:45 AM

I did notice the block. you have a fluke. There is a movie out (actually a short clip) about a boy that wants to build his derby car with his dad. The dad sets up tracks and cars etc and relly goes overboard. He won’t let the son in the room. Finally the son takes the kit to his grandfather. The grandfather says the man next door has some tools and does this. They went to this man. As he worked he talked about once in awhile you build one and everything is right and the car beats all others. It is a fluke. You build a dozen more with the same tools and techniques and they run so-so. The kid takes his car home and his dad triies to give him the best one he has. The kid says no dad I want to race this one. It is a fluke. You have a fluke!! LOL

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 01:41 AM

very nice
looks like a lot of fun

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 02:55 AM

We cannot do enough for Scouts and those that work with these boys.

Good on you.

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 09:46 PM

Great Track!! I need to follow your lead and build a one for our pack this year.


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 11:10 PM

Very nice. I hope your health is better.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 03-08-2013 02:47 AM

Cover the track with smooth plastic laminate (a Formica type product). It will make the track faster than fast.

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#11 posted 08-10-2017 05:40 AM

What a fabulous looking track. I have been asked by our local scout group, here in the uk, if I would build a Pinewood Derby track. I’ve searched the net and this one appears to fit the bill. Please can you tell me if there are any plans and construction details available?
Best Rick

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