Mmmm, bacon. My daughter loves bacon. She decided she wanted a bacon car for this year’s Awana Grand Prix (think Pinewood Derby), and I was excited about trying to make it come to life. I knew in order to make it happen I needed to get my hands on a band saw. Thankfully, I was able to borrow one from a friend at church. Then, I found a picture of bacon online and fitted it to the dimensions of the car to make a template. I cut out the template and taped it to the block of wood. If anyone is interested in making a bacon car, I provided the template here for you to use.
After I cut out the template, I wanted to add some more details, so I carved out some grooves along the length of the bacon car. To make the grooves, I drew lines to make rows along the length of the car, and then I used a utility knife to make initial cuts. I really don’t have any carving tools, so I used what I had on hand (screwdrivers, knifes, sandpaper, etc . . .) to carve the grooves. Here is a picture of the grooves after I finished carving them.
My daughter picked out a red color for the bacon, and I used some white paint to mix a lighter shade for the middle rows. I wasn’t concerned about painting it too cleanly because bacon doesn’t usually look very clean. To finish off the car, I added a few coats of spray lacquer to give it a shine.
The car turned out great, and my daughter loved it. It is a huge improvement on the car I made her last year, and she was excited to bring it the Grand Prix. The car didn’t do very well in the race, but we did bring home a trophy for design.
We got 2nd place, and my daughter brought home her first trophy. Her face was priceless when they announced she had won.