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About Derby Days
Plan Your Dremel Pinewood Derby® Days Demo at Lowes
The 2017 Dremel Pinewood DerbyDays Program, brought to you through Lowes Home Improvement Stores, aims to provide you, the Pinewood Derbyenthusiast, with a source for all of the materials and know-how you need to create a winning Pinewood Derbycar you can be proud of regardless of your skill level.
Starting in early-January and running through mid-February,your local Lowes store will be hostingPinewood Derbycar clinicsto 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 Lowes are committed to making your Pinewood Derbyrace day a success!If you need any help with Dremel products during your derby construction project,dont hesitate to give the
Dremel Experts a call (1-800-4-Dremel)
in fact, you can consider them your Pinewood Derbypit 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
- Any Dremel Multi-Max Tool (optional) or coping saw
- Dremel Rotary Accessories
- Sanding Accessories: 407, 408, 430, 431, 432, 438, 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
- 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 4300 Series • Is the first Dremel rotary tool to allow tool-less and collet-less accessory changes with the inclusion of the three-jaw chuck. The chuck accepts all Dremel accessory shank sizes for fast and convenient accessory changes without ever using a wrench. Featuring the all new Pivot Light, your projects are well-lit with an optimum line of sight since the light pivots to direct illumination where you want it. Experiencing the full range of Dremel rotary tool applications is easier than ever because the 4300 offers our most powerful motor with built-in variable speed and electronic feedback circuitry. And the slim, ergonomic body design provides a comfortable 360-degree grip zone no matter how you hold it for extended ease of use. The completely redesigned airflow system lets the Dremel 4300 run cool, quiet, and smooth so completing projects are more enjoyable than ever.
The Dremel Flex Shaft Attachment • Tight spots, nooks, and corners – they’re all easily within reach when you add the 225 Flex-Shaft attachment to a corded rotary tool or the 10.8V Lithium-ion Cordless. The flexible 36-inch shaft attaches easily and adds a new level of versatility to your project capabilities, with fingertip control for polishing, wood carving, sanding, engraving and more. Instructions included.