Project – Building Pinewood Derby Track storage boxes
My son’s old Cub Scout Pack asked me to make two storage boxes for their new Pinewood Derby track from free plans on the track website.
They are made out of 4 full sheets of plywood that I had Home Depot cut lengthwise at 25″. It was cheap plywood so it was all warped by the time that I got it home. I will definitely buy the better stuff if I ever have to make another set of these. I ended up cutting a bunch of strips out of the leftover plywood to use as braces to stiffen up the box top and sides.
Once I got it home I cut 4 strips at 11″ x 90″ for the sides. and 24″ x 11″ for the ends. I then cut the tops and bottoms down to 25″ x 90″ as well. I cut some 2×4’s down to 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 11″ to act as braces to attach the sides and end to. Once we got the carcass built we attached the bottom using glue, a few staples to hold it in place, and then 1 1/2″ screws. We pre-drilled all holes.
I added 2″ strips of ply wood to all the top edges of the inside to help stiffen the plywood up. It also gave us added material to be able to use the longer screws that came will all the hinges and the handles.
I mounted the top to the carcass using 3 – 4″ gate hinges and then mounted the 4 handles to the end pieces. 2 locking clasps were added to the front.
Once all the hardware was mounted I added 3 cleats to the bottom to allow stacking of the boxes and each one received 2 – 6″ wheels on one end to allow a single person to be able to move it.
Links to the free plans used to make the boxes below:
4 Replies to “Project – Building Pinewood Derby Track storage boxes”
May 17, 2018 at 8:04 am
Thanks for the video on the storage box. Looks like you had a good helper on this project. Do you know what the finished weight of these boxes were?
What model is your CNC used for the May the 4th Be with You project? I have seen completed CNC projects and have had this purchase on my mind for a while. I’m just wondering how you feel about it as an investment in your business.
May 17, 2018 at 11:45 am
I’m not sure of the finished weight but it should be about the same as 1 3/4 sheets of 1/2″ plywood. I have an X-Carve CNC machine made by the company Inventables. They have a web based cutting software name Easel that sends all the code to the machine. Here is an affiliate link for a free Easel account: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/easel?ref=fww You can also order the machine here: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve?ref=fww
January 21, 2020 at 10:05 am
Great video and plans! Can you share what wheels you used? Do they have weight capacity issue?
January 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm
I used 6″ semi-solid wheels from Harbor Freight. I’m not sure what the weight capacity is but they should handle the Derby tracks with no issues.