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...
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.
derby stand kit
apply stain and you're done!
Enjoy!...hope this helps.
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Tips & Hints
Before cutting your car, use a straight edge to draw lines down the center lengthwise and widthwise across your car. Then draw your car design template over these straight lines. The template and straight lines help guide your cutting on both sides of the car so everything is square.
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