How to Make a Dart Board

If you know how to make a dart board, you can get a board that fits right in with your rec room. As commercial dart boards are fairly expensive, making your own can be a good option.

Materials You Will Need:
Dart board backing material (cork) of about 1 ½ inches thick
A compass for measuring circumference
Strong adhesive (such as rubber cement)
Spider wire
Stapler loaded with staples

Getting Started
Measure a square piece of cork that is large enough to frame a circle with a diameter of 18 inches. Use your compass to measure the 18-inch circle. If you need more than one sheet to achieve the thickness of 1 ½ inches, then measure both pieces, cut the squares out and glue them together with the adhesive.

You will need to measure 6 concentric rings, starting with the bulls-eye. Starting at the center, measure a half-inch diameter circle with the compass. The bulls-eye should be colored black. The next circle should be measured outward 1 ½ inches from the center. This is red, and will serve as the outer bulls-eye. The next circle should measure 4 ¼ inches from the center. This is the triple-score ring. Inside this ring, measure 5/16 of an inch to make a thick band that will be the triple-score band. Continue outward, and measure a circle 6 ¾ inches from the center for the double-score ring. Measure 5/16 of an inch inside that circle to make the double-score band that finishes the targets. Use your paint to give each circle and band its own color. You may wish to do the bands all in black, but you can choose any color you like. Be creative or be traditional, it's up to you.

You will need now to divide the face into sections with point values. You need 20 equal sections, coming out from the bulls-eye, in slices, almost like you're dividing up a pie. Use a straight-edge or ruler to make 10 slices of equal size, which will create 20 sections, as each line will go through the bulls eye. Use a marker to divide them; however, do not draw through the bulls-eye. Then write in the score for each section. Secure the spider wire along each divider line, and staple it into place. Then, mount your dart board securely on the wall where you wish to have your game. The board should be 5 feet, 8 inches from the floor, but, since it is your board, you can do what works for you and your players.

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