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
Lead is denser than zinc but lead is toxic, so we do not recommend handling it. Use non-toxic weights like zinc or tungsten.
Our PRO Graphite, with molybdenum disulfide, is a proven winner. Our Track Tests show an average speed increase of 17%.
Put a clear Gloss Paint Sealer on your car to protect your cool paint job from dirt and graphite smudges.
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