Wanted: A contraption to punch two parallel holes in a pumpkin (see pictures)
I really could use some help with this project.
I live in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and the Williams Bay Recreation Department and the Williams Bay Business Association hold a pumpkin race around Halloween. The pumpkins have to have two parallel axles, four wheels. I attached some pictures of what we have been using, but frankly it doesn't work.
The contraption we have is a piece of wood, 4x4, with two holes drilled into it. We have two long screwdrivers that go through the holes. Pumpkin pushed up against the wood and the scewdrivers shoved through. We also took off the handle of a scewdriver and inserted it into a drill and that seems to work great. However, the holes were never small enough and the screwdriver can move around inside, which defeats the whole purpose. Also there are only two holes and that limites the size of pumpkin that can be used.
I like the basic idea of this Pumpkin Punch. We just didn't have the right tools or know-how to do it right.
The axles have to be parallel or the pumpkin will not go straight.
We, the Rec Department, use 5/16 threaded rod and six inch rubber wheels. The morning of the race, volunteers help attach the wheels and axles for the children, which is why we need this contraption.
I would also like an Instructable made on how to build a pumpkin racer so that the Rec Department can direct people to it for questions.
Check out www.wbhalloween.com for some more information on our event.
I hope there is someone that can help. The next Pumpkin Race is set for October 30, 2010.