Probably my first real attempts at woodworking were Cub Scout 'pinewood derby' cars. Having only daughters, I thought I would not be able to share this experience with my kids. This year their Girl Scout troop had a 'powder puff' derby (basically the same thing, but pink). My girls helped to create their own cars, and the Mrs. and I made a couple to compete in the leader groups.
Although they weren't the fastest cars of the day, the girls had a great time designing and building them, and are proud of the results. They want to do a few more wood projects now as well.
I still have one of my first cars, from over 30 years ago, hopefully their memories will last as long.
There was some router work, the inside of the apple carts were hollowed with a router (using a template) and the green car has some coves cut on it. Most all other work was with a scroll saw or by hand (sandpaper and dowels). The yellow one is my youngests, it was the fastest of the four. The green one is my oldests, it did pretty well. The tanker was all about looks, but still held its own. The apple cart (my bride's invention) was second place in it's class for appearance.
Last edited by kp91; 03-29-2008 at 11:56 AM.