How to Make a Dart Board How to Make a Dart Board

What You'll Need
Spider wire
Colored markers

To play darts you need a dart board. As anyone who has shopped around for them will know, a dart board isn’t cheap to buy. For what is really just cork and wire, dart boards can be very expensive. Why not make your own? It’s not that difficult to do and you can save money over buying a factory-made dartboard.

Step 1 - Cork

A dart board is made of cork. It needs to have a thickness of at least 1 ½ inches. This will prevent the thrown dart penetrating through the cork to damage the wall. When selecting an appropriate piece of cork for your dart board, make certain it’s at least this thick and a minimum of 18 inches in diameter.

Step 2 - Cutting

A dart board is circular, so you need to mark a circle that’s 18 inches in diameter on the cork. To do this, put a pin in the center of the cork, attached to a string 18 inches long, with a marker at the other end. Trace the circle, and then use the saw to cut it, trimming the edge so it’s smooth.

Step 3 - Marking

The hardest part of making a dart board is marking the different sections. Make sure you have the appropriate colored markers for this. To begin you’ll need to mark a series of concentric circles on the dart board, going from the hole you’ve made at the very center.

The inner bull’s eyes should be a 1/2 inch in diameter, and the outer bull’s eye 1 1/4 inches in diameter. After those two, make circles at 7 7/8 inches and 8 ½ inches. This will give you the triple score ring on the dart board. Finally, mark more circles at 12 7/8 inches and 13 1/2 inches to create the double score band.

This gives you the basis of the dart board, although you still need to divide up the board into 20 different and equal sections, much like slices of piece. Be aware, however, that you don’t make divisions in the inner or outer bull’s eyes. The simplest way to do this is take a standard dart board as your template and copy the layout.

Step 4 - Wire

On a dart board all the sections are divided up with wire. To replicate this, buy some spider wire from a dart supply store. You’ll need to twist and attach it to the dart board yourself (staples are ideal for this) so that each of the sections on the dart board is delineated. You can also buy a pre-formed basket (as the completed spider wire frame is known) and just attach it to your dart board.

Step 5 - Finishing

Now you’re read to set up the dart board and enjoy playing darts. To hang it on the wall properly, the bull’s eye need to be 5 feet 8 inches off the ground. Make sure this measurement is exact. Make a mark on the floor that’s 7 feet 9 inches from the board: this is your throwing line.

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