Getting Started on Your Pinewood Derby
If you are just getting started on your pinewood derby project, then may we suggest the
following guide. Each step has specific pages on this
website to help you through that part of the process. Click on the links,
review and then come back for the remainder of the process.
Time Commitment and Objective
Building a dominating pinewood derby car takes time and commitment. The amount
of time spent on the project depends on what you wish to
accomplish and how much time you have. Of course
there are budget concerns as well. If you wish to
build a derby dominator and have your best chance at
winning, then you will need at least 15 or more hours
building time available over a span of several weeks.
Competitive cars can be built with less time but is that
your objective? So decide first how much time you
have, how competitive you wish to be, and the budget and
time commitment you are willing to make. There are
no promises of an winning outcome regardless of how much
time or money you spend but certainly, your odds
increase as you and your scout commit more time and
effort to the project.
The following table offers basic
suggestions for the time commitment and items you will
need for each level of success desired:
Other Items You Will Need
In your building process, the above are minimum needs. You will also need
a good saw, regular drill, dremel tool, and potentially other specialty tools.
For example, the Pro-Body Tool is
considered a necessity if you are allowed to implement extended wheel bases.
A drill press comes in quite handy as well. Of course, you will need
paint, decals, dremel bits, towels, stop watch, work table, model brushes, tape
and other items you only think of as you continue thru the project. Yes,
you can run up quite a bill along the way. So be smart and start early so
you can implement as many of the tips as possible.