Dremel – Pinewood Derby Demonstrations

It’s that time of year again, if you haven’t already been hard at it – building the fastest and best looking Pinewood Derby car.

I’ve told the story before about how much fun my son and I had building, creating, painting, and putting what we thought was the fastest car we could put together. You can see a photo of it here.

It all started with a trip to Lowes for one of their demonstrations. They are going to be happening over the next month. Just contact Lowes, or go on their website, and find out when the next one is near you.

My son’s car still sits on his shelf, leaning against his trophy. For all the scouts who were there that night, I bet only one or two others can say the same.

There is nothing more fun that night than having a car that really competes. Kids get fist pumping, yelling, cheering, and proud smiles are had all around. Compare that to the kids who really didn’t compete. They’re just ready to go home.

The primary difference in our night was using a Dremel Rotary Tool to sand, polish, shape, and create. Without the Dremel tool, I guarantee you that we would not have come home with a trophy.

Is it about the trophy? Yep.

That may sound strange. I wasn’t in it to crush the others. I wanted my son and I to give our best. And today, that trophy is still something we’re proud of.

Here’s what I would do:

First, contact Lowes and go to a demonstration.

Second, plan on buying a Dremel that night, or order one online from Amazon (cheapest place).

Third, carve out time each day to spend with your son. Let him do most the work, except where safety is the issue.

Fourth, polish everything with the highest grit paper you can find – wheels, axels, body, everything.

Fifth, polish it some more.

Sixth, paint, sand, and decorate.

Seventh, go have a blast and bring home a trophy.

If you’re looking for the best Dremel Rotary Tool you can find, click on the link below, which will take you to the Amazon webpage. It is the same exact one I use.

Cordless Dremel Tool


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