How To Use the Slotting Tool To Cut New Slots In Your Pinewood Block
Pro Body Slotter
Now you can cut accurate axle slots in a pinewood derby car block with this tool and a standard hack saw. New axle slots are needed if the existing slots were not cut straight or if you want to alter the wheelbase of your pinewood derby car. You can also cut slots in the top of the block then cut the block in half to make two blocks.
To use the Pro Body Slotter, you will need:
- Hack saw
- Extra hack saw blade
- Vice or "C" clamp
- Square or other right edge tool
It is best to cut axle slots before you shape your block.
1. Test fit the tool on the bottom of the block with the two "ears" positioned on the side of the block. If the tool will not fit onto the block, use course grit sandpaper to reduce the width of the block until the tool fits slightly loose.
2. Using a square, draw a straight line on one side of the body block (opposite of the holding screw) in the desired axle slot positions for both front and rear axle slots. Extended wheelbases should be positioned no less than 5/8" from the end of the block to prevent the wheels from extending past the ends of the car.
3. Position the tool on the bottom of the block with the two "ears" on the sides of the block. Align the index mark on the tool with the line corresponding to the location of the new axle slot.
You now have a perfect axle slot.
Pinewood Derby Car Slotter Tool Video
Watch this video for more information on how to use
the Body Slotter tool to cut perfect axle slots.