Pinewood Derby cars with son

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Project by cubdad posted 01-20-2014 10:00 PM 1877 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tiger Cub year—Gravedigger theme
Wolf Cub year—sports car theme. (I think it looks a lot like a 74 Pantera).

This year he wants to be a speed winner instead of a design winner, so we’ll probably be doing something more basic.

-- CubDad SE Michigan Send me any good cub scout woodworking projects! Thanks

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 10:12 PM

Cool. Gotta finish my son’s this week. He wanted his to look like a hot wheel Baja truck.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 10:25 PM

How did you make the lights work? Cool.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 10:35 PM pretty cool little kit. LED plus battery and circuit and switch for $10.

-- CubDad SE Michigan Send me any good cub scout woodworking projects! Thanks

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 11:45 PM

very cool, shop time with kids is always fun

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 01-21-2014 12:10 AM

Wouldn’t that light kit make the car overweight? or doesn’t that matter any more. It’s been a long time since I was building pinewood cars with my kids. But I totally enjoyed the experience.


-- Charlie75, Alto

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#6 posted 01-21-2014 12:43 AM

Charlie, the Pinewood Derby kit weighs less than three oz. These lights add only half an oz. The official weight limit is five oz. Plenty of room for the lights, plus you have to hollow out the underside to put the circuit board.

-- CubDad SE Michigan Send me any good cub scout woodworking projects! Thanks

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#7 posted 01-21-2014 04:37 AM

Wow, those are great cars you and your son built. They sure have gotten fancier since I was making them with my kids about 40+ years ago. I just love to hear of parents with their kids playing (Okay, working) side by side in the shop

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 01-21-2014 04:46 AM

Great cars, let us know how they perform

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 01-21-2014 04:15 PM

Very cool. Sure brings back memories.
One trick if you don’t already know…....hold the car on a treadmill and let the tires spin. Helps break them in and loosen things up a bit.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 01-24-2014 05:07 PM

Cool derby cars! Kids and Dads always have fun making and playing with them. Great job!

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#11 posted 01-24-2014 05:31 PM

Spending time with your son is always a good thing. When you help him learn something like woodworking so much the better. Way to go, Dad.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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