Document 92287

Getting Started
You don’t need a workshop full of
tools to create a winning derby
car. With just a few Dremel® tools
and accessories, you can create
a car that will turn heads and
hopefully win some races.
Remember to check the instruction
sheet in your Official Grand Prix
Pinewood Derby® Kit for complete
rules to follow so your car passes
inspection on race day.
What You’ll Need:
•Any Dremel Variable Speed
Rotary Tool, Dremel Multi-Max
•Dremel Rotary Accessories
(they are included in the Dremel
Pinewood Derby Accessory Kit):
•Sanding: 407, 408, 432, 431,
430, 438, 445
•Cleaning and Polishing:
414 and 421
•Carving and Engraving: 194
Other Rotary Accessories that
will make your build time faster
than ever:
•EZ Lock Accessories
•Dremel Multi-Max Accessories:
•Pinewood Block: BSA Official
Pinewood Derby block available
in Dremel Pinewood Derby Kit
•Wood file
•Paint / Decals
Step 1:
Choose your design
Check out the Pinewood Derby Car
Designer on to
create and print your design plans!
Step 2: 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 with
a Multi-Flex or the new Dremel
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 with a Multi-Flex, sculpt
the block using the Multi-Flex
equipped with a saw blade,
removing 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
Additional Tip: Secure your
Pinewood block into a vise before
beginning. For a video displaying
this and other techniques, visit
If you’d like to give the new
Moto-Saw a try, you may find it
useful in stationary or hand-held
mode when equipped with a
MS50 Side Cutting Blade.
In stationary mode, lay the block
of wood on its side and lower the
foot down. Set the speed to 6
and turn the tool on.
Slowly move the block of wood
through the blade. As with the
Multi-Flex, you may need to back
the tool out of the block and
re-enter your line of cut.
Hand held mode is useful when
you are shaping your workpiece.
Secure your block in a vise, grasp
the Moto-Saw as shown and
adjust the speed dial to 6. Turn
the tool on, letting it come up to
speed before you begin shaping.
Step 3: Shape your
block of wood
Add more detail to your design
with a Dremel Rotary tool and
various accessories!
Sand: Create realistic, rounded
edges and sand your car smooth
with a Dremel Rotary tool and a
Sanding Band.
Rout: Carve designs and recess
areas for weights into the bottom
of your car with a Carving and
Engraving Accessory.
Cut: Cut and shape detailed
areas of your car with Dremel
EZ Lock Cut-Off Wheels.
Step 4: Add weights
The heavier you can make one
side of your car, the faster it will
run down the track. Remember
that the maximum weight to
pass inspection is 5 oz. Not sure
if it is 5 oz? Try taking your car
to the post office — they may be
able to help you weigh it!
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.
Seal in the weight using wood
putty or spackle.
Step 5:
Customize your car
Before adding your axles and
wheels, paint and add decals to
your car.
Step 6: Add your axles and wheels
Once you have let your paint
completely dry, it is time for
the final step – adding axles
and wheels.
To make your car as quick as
can be, 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 newly
polished axles and tap the axles
into the grooves, leaving enough
room between your wheels and
the car to make sure that your
wheels can still spin.
For out-of-the-box pro tips on how to build your
fastest Pinewood Derby car yet visit
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