Step 4: Drill the Base

Next, we need to drill a hole in the base to hold the dowel.

As we are using a 1/2" dowel, we need use a 1/2" drill bit.

I used my drill press so I knew all my holes would be at 90degrees. If you don't have a drill press, you can use a drill that has a built in level. I actually did that before I got my drill press, and it worked fine. Just make sure you drill at the center of the wood.

Also, I used some guides to create a jig on my drill press. Basically, I set the jig to center on the first base, and from then on, I just slid the wood into the jig and it was centered.

Do not drill all the way through the wood. As far as bits, I used a 1/2" spade. I would recommend the forstner, but I don't a set, yet (you listening Santa?)
I used your design with my Bear Den last year. It worked out great. I made the parts in my shop and had them sand, glue and assemble at our meeting. Thanks for the Instructable!
That's awesome! Glad to hear it worked for you.<br><br>Feel free to post a reply with some pictures. Would love to see how your Scouts did!<br><br>Lee
What kind of finish you would put on it?
You can pretty much do whatever you want.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For our Scouts, this was a project done in the week or two before the derby, and we let them finish as they saw fit. &nbsp;Typically with water based paints or spray paint.<br /> <br /> Usually not the most beautiful finish, but one they could all be proud of.<br /> <br /> <br />
That's a great idea. I have a Webelos den that could use this idea. I only have one question. What stops the cars from rolling off the ends? Do you put anything on the bottom of the cars to hold them?
Because the 'track' piece is at an angle, the wheels rest against the edge of the 'track' and they dont roll off. Also, if you drill properly, the track piece will be level. If you want to make sure the cars dont roll off, I would suggest putting in some 1/2 inch dowel, about 3/4 tall on either end of the car. Good luck, and let me know if you make them.
Or just don't run the router all the way to the end.&nbsp; That would create a &quot;curb&quot; at each end of the car. I&nbsp;really like this idea.&nbsp; I've been trying to figure out an idea for my sons' cars.&nbsp; Thanks!
Definitely!<br /> <br /> In my case, it was just easier going edge to edge, because I had to make 36 stands!&nbsp; 8-)<br /> <br /> If you make one, feel free to post a picture.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Lee<br />
cool instructable, i have like a whole bunch of trophies and theyre like all in my brothers closet LOL
Nice Instrucable. clear instructions, good pictures, wish i knew this when i was in cub scouts. I'm Star scout now currently working on my eagle.

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