Uncle Pat Hardage's
214/789-0359 (PLEASE DO NOT TEXT) (LEAVE ME A VOICEMAIL INSTEAD)
We have the bench-mounted tools you and your Builder need to move from the kit to the track in a single hassle-free session . . . (Instruction on tool use is always free.)
Nine new bandsaws Nine new disk-belt sanders
Three new drill presses Two electronic scales
Two NEW state-of-the-art cardboard box paint booths
"What the hands learn, the mind cannot forget."
PINEWOODDERBYWORKSHOP HAS MOVED. We were in the same space for eighteen years, then I retired from teaching High School. We sold the house and moved to a (very) small house without a garage. I am setting up the PineWoodDerbyWorkshop in a big ole over-the-road bus. This lets several really cool things happen.
First: I get to use my Architecture Degree to design "the ultimate woodshop." I have sat down and arranged the tools in each workstation in the most efficient layout . . . everything you need to build your car is grouped right there together.
Second: There is nothing in this workshop that is not PineWoodDerbyWorkshop-related. I'm not storing a myriad of other projects and tools there. Those are now being maintained at WindWalkerCamp's Missouri campsite. (More later.)
Third: I am buying NINE NEW bandsaws, NINE NEW disk-belt sanders, and THREE NEW drill presses. Everyone gets to start at the same time. "Nine Workstations--No Waiting!" Three Paint-stations. (I'm not sure what that's going to do with our "state-of-the-art paint booth, though.)
Fourth: (Maybe the most powerful) The PineWoodDerbyWorkshop is portable. It can come to your Den or Pack meeting place. You don't have to drive to Carrollton in the middle of the week on a school night; we can "set up shop" in your neighborhood. HOWEVER, the intent - to make it easy for EVERYBODY - is to park it in a single same location every session. We can talk about it.
The 2014-2015 Calendar is available on the CALENDAR button above.
Scheduling this year is on EventBrite. I'm setting up links in the Calendar right now. Check the Calendar . . . hang with me.
By and large I'm expecting to park the bus in a central location so everybody can find it easily, BUT . . .
The bus has wheels. It can move. It can move to where you are. But you gotta think about this . . . This year we are trying out half-and-half sessions for people who want to come earlier - right after school - as well. Those half-and-half sessions are consecutive days, Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. I am closing for church on Wednesday evenings.
TO BRING THE BUS TO YOUR PACK OR DEN MEETING PLACE, YOU MUST RESERVE (AND PAY FOR) THE FULL TIME THE BUS IS AVAILABLE. THIS MEANS 27 SLOTS ON A MONDAY/TUESDAY RESERVATION OR 27 SLOTS ON A THURSDAY/FRIDAY RESERVATION. TO BRING THE BUS TO YOUR PACK OR DEN MEETING PLACE ON A SATURDAY OR A SUNDAY, YOU MUST RESERVE ALL 36 SLOTS EACH DAY YOU WANT THE WORKSHOP.
As of TUESDAY, 28 OCTOBER
The calendar show regular school-day session times of 5:30-8:30.
If your office wants to have their own PineWoodDerby as a Team Building event, the PineWoodDerby Workshop bus can set up in your parking lot for a special "For Grown-Ups Only" session.
The shop is available for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, AWANA, Royal Rangers, YMCA Tribes . . . any group who wants to share the fun of turning a block of wood into a seriously fun racing machine.
Watch the website for additional special races . . .
KnotHole Cars . . . . . . . . . . the car has to be at least 50% Knothole!
Exotic Wood Cars . . . . . . . the car has to be specific woods such as Cocobolo or Jacaranda or Ebony . . . no paint; just varnish or polyurethane finishes.
Assembled Cars . . . . . . . . . the car has to be built of at lease five identifiable pieces of wood, each piece being a structural part of the car.
Cars of a Specific Type . . . . Indianapolis, Formula V, Trucks.
The opportunities for pine car racing are absolutely limitless!
This is what the bus looks like with all the seats in place. About a quarter of them are out the window and ready for recycling. The rest are waiting for the rain to go away . . . hopefully.
Note the precision craftsmanship exhibited in removing the seats from the bus. This stack wound up in the bed of the Ranger and hauled out to the land for breaking down into components for recycling.
We (Kathryn and I) drove the bus back from Los Angeles to Neosho two weeks ago. This photo was taken at the Magnolia gas station in Shamrock, Texas. We drove under a tree you wouldn't even notice in your car and knocked a gazillion leaves into the street . . . note to self; the bus is long AND TALL.
All the scheduling this year is on EventBrite. I'm linking to the Calendar right now, so hang with me a little bit.
I HAVE SET UP THE CALENDAR PAGE ON A DIFFERENT VEHICLE SO IT WORKS ON EVERYONE'S COMPUTER AND THE CALENDAR LINKS TO EVENTBRITE.
I'm figuring out how to link Facebook and this web page to keep everyone up to speed with the status of the bus build out . . .
Thursday, 19 October.
A whole bunch more is done,
but have to get a new camera.