Everybody has an idea of what the perfect Pinewood Derby® car looks like. The best choices for most drivers are the kits with pre-shaped bodies, such as the Racer car or Premium Racer Car kits. They're an easy way to enjoy some of the most popular body styles with a lot less time and effort.
However, some drivers are willing to invest a lot of time, creativity and pride in creating a special, one-of-a-kind body. And it's for those drivers that our Basic Racer Kit and Carving Set were created. Here's how it works.
Step 1: Draw your design on the block of wood provided. It's already legal length
Step 2: Place your block in a vise. This holds your block steady while you're cutting and shaping.
Step 3: Cut out the basic shape with one of the wood blades. Use the Medium for rough cuts in large areas. Use the Fine and Extra-Fine blades where extra care is needed, say for small details or work in cramped quarters.
Step 4: Use the 4-way rasp to rough shape the body. Use the surfaces that have coarse teeth first. Switch the surfaces with fine teeth to smooth surfaces before sanding.