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Build this Pinewood Derby carrying case. It's as easy as ABC! 

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Pinewood Derby Car Mobile Garage Kit Instructions

Pinewood Derby Car Carrying Case 
(The car is not included in the kit)


Material List:

  • An adhesive of some type (Elmer’s White Glue, Carpenter’s Wood Glue or Duco Model Cement)
  • Six spring-type pincher clothes pins (optional)
  • Masking tape
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Xacto or similar knife. (used for the wheel cut-outs in the foam sheet)

Optional: Paint and decals to personalize your “garage”.

Included in the kit:

(1) 4”x 9-1/4” pre-drilled and chamfered base.
(1) 4”x 7” pre-cut and drilled front former.
(1) 4”x 6-1/2” pre-cut and drilled rear former.
(2) 3-1/4”x 9-1/2” drilled side panels.
(1) 2-7/8”x 8-3/4” clear acrylic roof panel.
(1) 2-3/4”x 8-3/4” clear acrylic roof panel.
(4) 1/4" sq. x 2-7/16” vertical corner pieces.
(4) (2L & 2R) 1/4” x 3/8” x 2-13/16” slotted

(1) 1/4”x 3/8”x 9” roof trim cap.
(2) 3/16” dia x 1” dowels.
(1) 3/8” dia x 10-1/4” dowel.
(1) Dowel “T” pin latch.
(1) 12” L piece of cord.
(1) 1/2"x 3-1/4”x 8” foam sheet.
(2) half popsicle stick shims
(2) 1/8” plywood gluing clamps.
roof pitch pieces

STEP 1 - Installing the roof pitch strips.

Dry fit a left and right roof pitch strip on the front former, (the taller one with the extra hole in the bottom) aligning the bottom of of the strip with the drawn lines on the former. The angled end should be even with the edge of the former. (see picture).

Apply glue to the backside of each strip. Place on former and hold in place with clothespins. Go easy on the glue and remove any that squeezes out. Repeat the procedure for the rear former.

*Note: If your clothes pins don’t reach in far enough to hold the strips
 flat, then sit the former on a flat surface and place a weight
 on the strips till the glue dries.

**Caution: Whichever method you use, ensure that the strips don’t
 “slide” off the marks.

STEP 2 - Installing the vertical corner pieces.

Dry fit each piece before proceeding. Align as shown. Apply glue to the backside and  the angled end. Hold in place with clothespins.

STEP 3 - Installing the side panels.

It will be necessary to first install the 3/16”x 7/8” dowel hinge pins in the rear holes of the base panel. Push or tap each pin lightly, leaving approx. 3/8” exposed. Place the base on a flat surface with the **chamfered edge “up”.

Slide each side panel over the hinge pins.

Dry fit the front and rear formers with the side panels, holding them in place with masking tape. Remove the masking tape from either the front or rear former. Remove former. Apply glue along the side strips and former edge where the side panels will contact. Install the former and realign side panels. When former is in place, wipe off excess glue and slide the holding jigs in place (see picture) until the glue dries. Repeat the procedure for the other former.

 *Note: If holding jigs fit loosely, add pieces of masking tape on the inside edges as necessary.

 **Note When installing the rear former, use  the popsicle stick shims under the former, so it sits up, slightly off of the base. Without that space, your “garage” will not tilt open all the way.

***Caution: Ensure that there is no glue between the side panels and the base, or the base and the formers. 

One of the roof panels is slightly narrower than the other. Slide the narrower panel into the roof pitch slots first. Then slide the remaining roof panel in place. Apply glue to each end of the roof trim strip and push into place. (see picture)

 Note: It is not necessary to glue the roof panels in place. The roof trim strip  will retain them.

STEP 5      Installing the handle and latch.

Slide the 3/8” dia. dowel through the holes in the formers until it is centered. If it fits loosely, add a drop of glue at each former to keep it in place.

Insert the “T” pin latch into the matching holes in the front former and the base. Tie one end of the cord to the “T” pin latch and the other end through the hole on the side of the former.

STEP 6 - Fitting and installing the foam on the base.

Center your car on the foam piece and mark with masking tape, the front, rear, and outside edge where each wheel contacts the foam. Cut a 5/16” wide by 1-1/8” long block for each wheel with an Xacto or sharp pocket knife. Use the edges of the masking tape as a guide. Your car should fit snugly in the foam. Remove your car and center and glue the foam piece to the wood base. Use  clothespins to hold the foam in place until the glue dries.

Congratulations!! Your Pine Car Mobile Garage is finished.

You can of course personalize it by painting it or adding decals with
your name or car name and number or pack or troop or a racing team
name, etc., etc.

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