When your dart throwing skills leave a lot to be desired, having a piece of wood behind the dart board to capture stray missiles rather than having them stick in the wall is an absolute necessity - unless you enjoy filling and painting small holes. Not wanting to just nail a scrap piece of plywood to the wall, I decided to put a little extra effort into the project and build a nice oak frame around the plywood. 3/4" thick oak is used for the outside border and 1/2" interior grade plywood is used for the backerboard. The width was made less than the height because the swing-open doors protect a wide enough area at the level of the dart board. Two coats of clear varnish were used for the finish (no stain).
Oak Frame Backerboard for Dart Board
Mounted to the frame is a Halex self-scoring dart board that accepts standard or plastic-tipped darts. Melanie and I use the standard metal-tipped darts, thus the need for the backerboard.
Melanie Trying out New Dart Board Backerboard
Oak Dart Board Backerboard Frame Cornet Miter Detail
Gluing the Backerboard Frame
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Posted September 26, 2012