Build a Pinewood Derby Car

Build your Pinewood Derby car at Maker Nexus

Bring the whole den/pack down and use our tools to construct your Pinewood Derby car. We provide all the tools necessary to cut and shape the car. The Scouts will get to use the following tools while constructing their car. 

  • Bandsaw

  • Drill press

  • Sanders

  • Design Templates

  • Tape Measure

All tool use is supervised by one of our trained instructors and we teach the Scouts how to safely operate each tool.  At the completion of your session you should have a car that is ready for painting.


Each session lasts one hour and has 8 Scouts building their cars at the same time. At the end of the hour you must leave the shop to make room for the next session. Price per scout $15 for weekday sessions, $20 for weekend sessions.


We also offer one-on-one sessions with a woodshop instructor at a rate of $80 per hour. Please email or call us to arrange for a session.


You must bring your own Pinewood Derby car kit.

Our goal is to provide a fun, safe and educational experience for Scouts.  

Your den/pack may reserve an entire session by ordering multiple tickets for one session.


The Details

Please read all the rules and restrictions below and make sure all participants in your Den/Pack are aware of these rules.

  • The fee entitles you to 1 hour of shop time to build 1 car. At the end of the hour you must leave to make room for the next session. 

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time for registration and a safety briefing. We will start promptly at the scheduled time. Late comers will be turned away and must reschedule.

  • Please come to the session with a design already in mind. This will help in completing your car in the hour provided. (Need some ideas? Google search for pinewood derby images.)

  • Reservations are required.  People wishing to build their cars with an instructor one-on-one may arrange a private session for $80 per hour. Contact us to schedule a session.




​Age related policies:

  • Proper supervision of our younger Scouts is critical

    • For children under 12, we require one adult to come with each child.

    • For children 12 and over, we require one adult to come for every 2 children.

  • A bandsaw is used to cut the car body.

    • For children under 8, the parent or guardian will use the bandsaw.​

    • For children 8 and over, the child may use the bandsaw with close parental supervision.

  • ​Children under 6 may not attend the build sessions.

Other important safety policies:

  • Scouts should not wear loose clothing that might get caught in the machines. No long sleeves, no neckerchiefs.

  • Closed toed shoes are required while in the shop area.

  • Long hair must be tied back.

  • Safety glasses will be provided by Maker Nexus.

If you have any questions, contact us by email at