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About Derby Days
Plan Your Dremel Pinewood Derby® Days Demo at Lowe’s
The 2016 Dremel Pinewood Derby® Days Program, brought to you through Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, aims to provide you, the Pinewood Derby® enthusiast, with a source for all of the materials and know-how you need to create a winning Pinewood Derby® car you can be proud of – regardless of your skill level.
Starting in early-January and running through early-February, your local Lowe’s store will be hosting Pinewood Derby® car clinics to share their tips and tricks for making the fastest cars on race day.
Everyone who attends an event will be given a:
• How-to demonstration
• Step-by-step instructions for building your car at home
• Pinewood Derby® Days patch
Please see the calendar for dates and times of the clinics & give your store a call prior to attending an event to verify one is taking place.
Dremel and Lowe’s are committed to making your Pinewood Derby® race day a success! If you need any help with Dremel products during your derby construction project, don’t hesitate to give the
Dremel Experts a call (1-800-4-Dremel)
– in fact, you can consider them your Pinewood Derby® “pit crew!”
Design Your Car
Every great car build starts with some extensive thinking in the design phase before the first piece of sheet metal (or block of pine, in this case) begins to take shape.
With the help of this advanced drafting system, you can now design like the pros!
Pinewood Derby® Car Designer is the property of the Boy Scouts of America. Used with permission.
Step By Step Guide
What You’ll Need
• Any Dremel Variable Speed Rotary Tool, Dremel® Multi-Max™ MM20
• Dremel Rotary Accessories
• Sanding Accessories: 407, 408, 432, 431, 430, 445
• Cleaning and Polishing Accessories: 401, 414 and 421
• Carving or Engraving Accessory: 194
• EZ Lock Accessories (optional)
• Dremel Multi-Max Accessories (optional)
• Pinewood Block
• Wood file
• Paint / Decals
Choose your design
Check out the Pinewood Derby® Car Designer on DremelDerby.com to create and print your design plans.
Mark your design on the wood block so you know where to cut and carve.
Cut your block of wood
You can cut your block of wood using several methods. Coping saws can tackle this application. However, Dremel recommends using a Dremel® Multi-Max™. Mark your wooden block with your design to show where to cut and carve to give your car its shape. Make sure the axle holes are on the base of your design.
If you choose to use the Dremel Multi-Max™, sculpt the block using a wood blade to remove the largest areas first. Once it becomes difficult to cut any further, back the tool out of the block and make a quick plunge cut to remove the rest of the material. Secure your wood block into a vise before beginning.
Shape your block of wood
Add more detail to your design with a Dremel® Rotary Tool and various accessories.
Sand & Shape:
Create realistic, rounded edges and sand your car smooth with a Dremel Rotary Tool and a sanding band or your choice of sandpaper.
The more weight you add to the back of the car, the faster it will go. We recommend placing the weight slightly in front of the rear axle. Recess the weights into your car by carving out an area large enough to fit the weights.
Trace the designated area for your weights with a pencil and carve out that area of the block using the #194 accessory. Secure the weight into place with screws or adhesive. Remember that the maximum weight to pass inspection is 5 oz. Not sure if it’s 5 oz? Try taking your car to the post office — they may be able to help you weigh it.
Customize your car
Before adding your axles and wheels, paint and add decals to your car.
Add your axles and wheels
Once your paint is completely dry, it’s time to add the axles and wheels. To make your car as quick as possible, polish your axles before tapping them into the grooves of the car:
• Insert a polishing wheel into your Dremel® Rotary Tool.
• Turn your Dremel Rotary Tool to a low speed. Then, holding your axle firmly with a pair of pliers, polish each axle for about 15 seconds.
• Slide your wheels onto the axles and tap the axles into the grooves, leaving enough room between your wheels and the car to make sure they can still spin.
Your car is now complete and ready to race!
Tools To Use
Pit Tool Profiles: In stock car racing, pit crews are limited to two wrenches, one jack and two gas cans.
The Dremel 200 Series • Two-Speed Rotary Tool Running either at idle or at full-out top speed, the Dremel 200 Series is undoubtedly the dragster of rotary tools – perfect for prep work running up to your pinewood drag race. Capable of powering most Dremel accessories and attachments, the 200 Series is an exceedingly versatile tool. If, however, you are looking for superior versatility and handling, you should consider stepping up to the Dremel 3000 – just as you’d step up from a dragster to race at LeMans.
The Dremel 3000 Series • High-Performace Rotary Tool Capable of handling any rotary tool job you throw in its direction, this may not be the most seasoned member of our pit crew, but it is certainly the burliest and most talented. It’s like a small-block V8 – able to power anything and do a good job of it.
The Dremel 8050 Micro • Variable Speed Rotary Tool The newest member of our pit crew is Brilliantly Powerful, the Dremel Micro is the perfect combination of size, ergonomics and power that make it the rally tool for both precise and light duty tasks. The Dremel Micro has LED running lights built uniquely into the nose cap to aid in vision and accuracy. The Dremel Micro features lights that indicate battery level, Li-on battery technology, and a docking station that automatically stops charging when the batteries have reached capacity.
The Dremel VRT1 • Vacuum Powered Rotary Tool For the first time ever, you can transform your wet/dry vacuum into a versatile turbine-powered rotary tool. The suction of the vacuum powers the rotary tool and cleans debris at the same time making the Dremel VRT1 the ideal rotary tool for users wanting to keep their workplace clean and airborne dust to a minimum.
The Dremel EZ686-01 • 18PC Accessory Kit Speed-up your sanding and grinding jobs with technology from Dremel. The EZ Lock™ / EZ Drum™ Kit contains everything you need for all of your sanding and grinding applications. The kit features 18 EZ Lock sanding and grinding accessories and includes one EZ Lock™ mandrel, one EZ Drum™ mandrel, six sanding discs, one grinding wheel, two grinding stones, six sanding bands, and one abrasive buff.
The Dremel 710-08 • 160PC All-Purpose Accessory Kit An EZ Twist nose cap wrench, EZ Lock mandrel, and EZ Lock cut-off wheels are part of this 160-piece kit filled with genuine Dremel accessories. Offering reusable storage bins and lift-out trays for easy organization of the included bits, this kit is ready for cutting, grinding, polishing, sanding, cleaning and more. The kit also includes sanding bands, sandpaper discs, polishing compound, felt polishing wheels, aluminum oxide grinding stones, silicon carbide grinding stone, mandrels, wire brush, wrench, and a reusable carrying case with clear lid.
©2016 by Lowe’s®. All rights reserved. Lowe’s and the gable design are registered trademarks of LF, LLC and Let’s Build Something Together is a trademark of LF, LLC; all are used with permission. Boy Scouts of America®, the Universal Emblem, and Pinewood Derby®, are either registered trademarks or trademarks of the Boy Scouts of America in the United States and/or other countries. Manufactured under license from the Boy Scouts of America. All rights reserved.