Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Arts and Crafts/Pinewood Derby - Advanced

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Pinewood Derby - Advanced
Arts and Crafts
General Conference
Skill Level 2 Answer-Keys 06.jpg
Year of Introduction: 1999

1. Have the Pinewood Derby Honor.[edit]

Instructions and tips for earning the Pinewood Derby honor can be found in the Arts and Crafts chapter.

2. Know the Pinewood Derby race regulations for your district, area, or conference.[edit]

NOTE: Many conferences have special Pinewood Derby events and the rules may vary as to length, weight and wheels.

3. Be aware of the following[edit]

a. Cars shall not ride on any kind or type of springs.[edit]

b. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in or on the car.[edit]

c. Official number must be clearly marked and visible.[edit]

4. Review tool safety.[edit]

The main safety rule to follow with any tool is to use common sense.

Coping saw[edit]

  1. Clamp your work firmly to a bench before cutting it with a coping saw. You may wish to pad the clamp with a piece of scrap wood so it does not mar the piece.
  2. Be careful not to saw into the bench.
  3. Keep your fingers clear of the blade.


  1. Do not draw the rasp across your skin - it will cut skin even easier than it will cut wood.
  2. Do not strike a rasp with a hammer or mallet or it may shatter.


  1. Do not test the sharpness of a plane's blade by sliding it along a finger.
  2. Retract the plane blade when storing.
  3. Keep the blade sharp.


  1. Do not push the knife toward another person (or yourself!) when cutting. Imagine the path blade will follow if the item you are cutting suddenly give way, freeing the blade. Always make sure nothing is in that path.
  2. If you drop a knife, let it fall. Do not try to catch it.
  3. When handing a knife to another person, offer them the handle - not the blade.
  4. Do not throw the knife.
  5. Do not use a locking knife unless the blade is locked.
  6. For non-locking knives that fold, be aware that it may close on your hand if you apply pressure the wrong way.
  7. Do not pry with a knife - you may break the blade.
  8. Keep the blade sharp.


  1. Store the chisel with the blade covered.
  2. Keep the blade sharp.
  3. Keep both hands behind the blade.
  4. Use a mallet with the chisel rather than pushing it along with your hand. This will ensure that your hands are both behind the blade.
  5. Do not put a chisel in your pocket.

Sanding block[edit]

  1. Do not throw a sanding block
  2. Pay attention to the path of the sanding block. It is easy to knock something over when you're paying attention to the piece you're sanding instead of the surrounding environment.
  3. Do not sand skin. Sand paper will abrade skin.

5. Know the various ways to prepare and finish your project[edit]

a. Sanding wood[edit]

b. Filling holes[edit]

c. Sealing new wood[edit]

d. Coloring wood[edit]

e. Gloss finishes[edit]

f. Enamel finishes[edit]

g. Stain finishes[edit]

h. Wax finishes[edit]

i. Acrylic finishes[edit]

j. Water colors[edit]

k. Leather look on wood[edit]

l. Decoupage[edit]

m. Forged foil[edit]

6. Know the principle meaning of friction and how it can effect the performance of your car.[edit]

7. Know the three best ways to reduce friction on your car.[edit]

a. Axle lubrication[edit]

b. Aerodynamic design[edit]

c. Smooth finish[edit]

d. Proper wheel/axle clearance[edit]

e. Reduce wheel shaking[edit]

8. Know the three theories of weight distribution and how it could affect the performance of your car.[edit]

9. Design and build to completion the following (not previously built)[edit]

a. Basic car kit with complete exterior finish[edit]

b. Deluxe/fancy car kit with complete exterior finish and decals[edit]

c. Be creative by building one of the following: tank, submarine, airplanes, piano, ice cream sandwich, fire engine, vege-link, school bus, baby carriage, and etc.[edit]

10. Use details on your project such as steering wheel, driver, decals, and etc. as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specification.[edit]

11. Participate in a club, district, or conference sponsored Pinewood Derby event with a current car.[edit]

12. Define and practice good sportsmanship as it relates to your Christian walk.[edit]

While building and racing a pinewood derby car your Christian walk may be tested. If someone needed help on their design, did you help? If you are having trouble cutting your own car, did you accept help? Did you clean up your work area so the next person had a clean place to work, or so the staff didn’t have to clean up after you? Did you have to wait a while to use some of the tools? Being patient isn’t always easy.

Jesus was a Carpenter…………Jesus may have spent many hours in a wood shop……I wonder if He helped Joseph,…, transfer the design, clamp the wood, cut the wood with a saw, file, sand smooth, paint, assemble. I wonder,… many tools did Jesus know how to use, that you just used yourself? I wonder………………..

Note: If you are planning to participate in a conference Pinewood Derby event be sure you use the correct specifications from your conference because some use different specifications than listed above.