It's getting to be that time of year where we start working on our Pinewood Derby cars for our Cub Scouts.
However, after all the work in building and racing your car, how do you plan to display your mean machine? Some people I know just store them in the cardboard box the kit came in.. how boring. Others may spend some bucks on a fancy plastic box... how unoriginal.
Well. when my oldest son started in Scouts, one of the parents wanted the kids to build trophy stands, good idea, but a very poor execution. Too many screws and nails, and they wobbled. So the next year, I offered to come up with a trophy stand kit. This is it.
I wanted it to look like a trophy, and be reminiscent of the Pinewood Derby track. Also, it had to be easy to put together, and inexpensive to produce. This kit fits the bill. No screws, no nails. Easy to glue and paint. Lastly, I just made 36 kits for $22.50 in supplies. Thats $0.625 per kit.
Here's what you need:
Pine boards 1"X4"(16 inches per kit)
Poplar Dowel 1/2" diameter (4inches per kit)
Router in Router Table
Router Bits (3/4" straight, and some sort of fancy edge)
Drill Bit - 1/2" (forstner or spade)
Let's get started!
Step 1: Cut Your Boards
Each kit needs an 8" base and an 8" 'track'.
Start cutting your wood into 8" pieces. I used a miter saw with a clamp set at 8" so it could cut quickly and accurately.
You can use any saw you want, as long as you can cut the wood into 8" lengths.