When my son came over with his children to make their pinewood derby cars, he also challenged me to turn one on the lathe. I did not have a clue how to turn one — until the light dawned.
So, I did not one but two. How do you turn a car on a lathe, you ask?
It “turns” out that if you turn two pinewood derby cars at once, you can.
- Prepare two blanks at least regulation size
- Glue them together bottom of car to bottom of car with craft paper between the blanks.
- Turn your cars but leave the wheel area square to support the axles and maintain the wheel spacing. Be careful because your dual car blank is not a round turning — it has flat portions. So, you’d be cutting a lot of air at the same time.