TM reader Brenda wrote to ask where she might find help with teaching her son to make a Pinewood Derby car. And it’s a great question: Where does a parent who’s not that handy turn to give their kids the full Pinewood Derby experience?
I can think of one suggestion: Start with long-time Toolmonger reader (and friend) Troy Thorne’s book Pinewood Derby Designs & Patterns. Troy is the creative director over at Fox Chapel publishing, and he’s definitely a handy guy. By day he lays out awesome woodworking books. But he spends his nights in the shop, tweaking his home-built Cobra replica and building furniture and canoes.
He knows a thing or two about Pinewood Derby cars, too. Designs & Patterns presents the whole building process from start to finish along with specific plans for a couple of hot-ticket cars. It’s $12.95 directly from Fox Chapel, and you can find it on Amazon, too.
I might also ask around the local scout groups. Sure, there’s some heavy-duty competition there, but in the end they should see the whole thing as an opportunity for kids to learn a bit about woodwork, too. Surely one of the locals would be willing to step in and show your kid a thing or two.
But what would you suggest?