Lately, Steve Lodefink, one of my favorite broad-spectrum makers, has been making beautiful pinewood derby cars. I'm sure he will finish them with spectacular paint jobs, but I also like them just the way they are.
I asked him how he makes them and he said, "there's a touch of whittling involved, but mostly, the cars are rough shaped with a band saw, and a small hand saw, and most of the shaping is done with small, course sanding blocks."
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects