Doug’s New Project

December 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm (Crafty Stuff, Doug Stuff)

Most of you know that Doug is a super genius, but do you ever wonder hat a super genius does in his spare time? It’s the project. There is always a project underway at our house. There was the arcade machine, the fire truck bed, the reenforced train table, the storage space in the attic… There’s always something.

Last year a friend asked Doug how to make the Pinewood Derby finish results more accurate. Usually there’s a judge at the finish line who determines who won, but apparently that’s not the most accurate way. Doug spent a while trying to figure out a program, but eventually he just decided to build his own timer.

I can’t tell you how many hours he’s spent on this particular project, but I think it’s worth noting none of our children will even be old enough to participate in the derby until next Spring! We haven’t tried this out on an official run yet. My idea was to have a group of the adults bring some derby cars that they’ve helped their kids with in the past, and have a trial run.

Oh, and in case you’re worried about safety, there’s a warning label so that you don’t stare directly into the laser beams. That’s right, there are laser beams!


  1. liz said,

    Being as genius as Doug could save you a lot of money! Our pack in Chile is getting ready to shell out several hundred dollars for one of these. And having run a pinewood derby, I’m going to say that this is not a “frill” — it will be so, so much better than relying on judges. Our poor judges made an error last year that kind of messed up the whole thing and resulted, of course, in tears.

  2. sharleen said,

    Oh Warren would’ve LOVED to help with this project. Warren wishes we had more space for projects. He did attempt to make a water distiller recently though! 🙂 I think that this project is so very Doug!

  3. jason said,

    Pictures are not enough. I want video of this baby in action.

  4. ingrid said,

    This is amazing! We are years away from Pinewood Derby time with our boys, but I could definitely see a need for this at all Derby races!

  5. Charlotte said,

    HAHAHAHA…that is SO Doug!!! Eli just got his kit to make his first car…you might have to start marketing those timer soon!

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