How to Build A Car Stand

How to Build a Pinewood Derby Car Stand

Diagram of a pinewood derby stand #1

Instructions to make derby stand #1

Below are the steps to build the pinewood derby car stand diagramed above...

  1. Cut a 1"x3" board down to a 1"x2" and a 1"x1" for the top and post.
  2. Shave a saw blade width off of the resulting 1"x2" with a table saw for the top.
  3. Cut the 1"x2" into 2" sections.
  4. Cut the 1"x1" into 4" sections.
  5. Cut the 4" sections into 2 sections using a 45 degree miter.
  6. Shave a 45 degree face off of the 1"x3" on the table saw or router for the name plate.
  7. Cut the 1"x3" into 3" sections.
  8. Drill the Top at a 45 degree angle for a screw into the post.
  9. Drill the top and bottom of the post for a screw.
  10. Drill the bottom for a screw into the post

Each stand requires 5" of 1x3 so an 8' long 1x3 should make 18 stands. Depending on the type of wood used this can be a very inexpensive stand even if you get brass plates for the base.

Additionally, we make finishing the stand a woodworking project for the scouts. They have to sand the pieces, put the stand together with two screws and varnish it (this usually takes one den meeting and can be counted toward advancement).

Pinewood Derby Car Stand #2 (simpler!)


We also made a simpler stand out of three pieces of wood (pictured below), a 1"x3" for the base, a 2"x4" for the upright and a 1"x2" for the top to hold the car. This stand only required one angle cut in the 2"x4" do the car mounted at an angle.

This only requires four screws, two on the bottom and two on the top.

pinewood derby car stand picture


Pinewood derby stand kit
(only requires four screws!)

pinewood derby car on stand picture

Completed pinewood derby car stand

...just apply stain and you're done!
Enjoy!...hope this helps.

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      Tips & Hints

      When your car wheel rubs against the axle head it can cause the wheel to wobble because the corner of the axle head is not a perfect 90 degrees. Cutting a groove directly under the axle head removes this source of wheel wobble. Cutting this groove is difficult to do by hand, but it can be done with an axle file. Our grooved Speed Axles and Pro Super Speed axles have this groove, exclusive to Pinewood Pro, cut directly under the axle head.



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      When lubing your wheels and axles, shoot graphite powder into the wheel bore, spin your wheels, and repeat. Do this over newspaper in your garage or outside the house.


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      Wood filler is your best friend when it comes to building a pinewood derby car. Use wood filler to fill holes, gouges and other cutting mistakes. You can even use it to add a bubble, racer cockpit, spoiler, etc.


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How to Build A Pinewood Derby Car Stand