Knotty Alder Dartboard Back

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Project by Holz_und_Geschichte41 posted 03-21-2010 06:09 PM 1448 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father and step-mother enjoy playing darts at home on their electronic dartboard. It is attached to the wall by very thin sheet of particle board. It is not all that aesthetically pleasing especially since they recently purchased a beautiful Stone Creek built Knotty Alder entertainment center. Step-mother kindly asked me if I would be able to build for her a dartboard back that would, more or less, match the style and stain of the new entertainment center.

I planed down the raw stock to a thickness just under 3/4” to cut down the weight that will be placed on the wall. Miter sawed the boards to the desire length and then used my router table as a makeshift jointer to flat-face the sides. That part when relatively well with the exception of one board which seemed to have a slight “belly” that I just couldn’t get rid of. After biscuit jointing all the boards together I clamped the pieces together as tightly as possible without breaking the boards in the attempt to minimize the small gap created by the “belly”. It came out alright. I took the plywood shape template I jjigsawed by using the dartboard itself as a jig and placed in on the biscuited knotty alder. Traced it out and then cut out the same shape as the plywood template. I used a Roman Ogee router bit on the side to give the dartboard back a little extra character.

I used a clear, natural gel stain (2 coats) and then sealed it with a polyurethane product. I am pleased with the end result.

-- Ryan, Arizona

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