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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-22-2011 06:53 PM 1259 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did some experimenting with making dart bodies for our plastic tipped darts we play at home and in the park in Arizona. The first set are rosewood with brass inserts. The second and third are Corian darts with 10-32 threads cut right into the material. The Corian darts are lighter than standard brass darts but they throw pretty good.
They are finished with EEE and Shellawax.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Vince

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 07:05 PM

Nice looking darts Jim…hey I thought you only work while in the Arizona parks?

-- Vince

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 07:09 PM

Nice.
What a cool idea.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 07:15 PM

Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 10:40 PM

These are sweet looking darts Jim, used to throw a few as part of a “miss spent youth”
How many 180 have you thrown so far?? :::) ) ) )

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 10:45 PM

Ha Ha Ha..Pete. I’m lucky if I hit the 20 let alone the triple 20. I’m a safe thrower- shooting for the triple 14 always. If you miss there, you have higher numbers all around you. If you miss 20, there is a 1 or a 5 to get!

Hi Vince. I work in my home shop all the time. I do work in Arizona on my mini lathe….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 11-23-2011 02:24 AM

This is cool! Being a dart player you just gave me some new ideas!.....Awesome job on this!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 02:51 AM

That is a great new project you have come up with JIM !
Now let’s have a blog on how you made them I am very interested .

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 03:17 AM

Any idea what the actual weight is?

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 03:19 AM

Those are beauties!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#10 posted 11-23-2011 04:28 AM

Hi JJ, the rosewood darts are 10 grams, the Corona darts are 7.8 grams and are about .350 Diameter, the red flight darts are 9.5 grams and they are .460 Diameter. They give a better grip with the larger diameter. I was having a problem of gripping in all different places with the knurled brass darts so I made some with a groove for a consistent grip. The first set has the grip in the middle and it was not far enough back. The next set was in the right place, but they were quite light and those grooves were weak points. The last set is just right and all future ones will be made like them

Hi Kiefer, I’ll take a series of pics for a blog with the next set. I have a metal lathe and used it for the brass inserts on the rosewood darts. For the Corian, I just used a bandsaw, drill press and my wood lathe. I power tapped the threads in the drill press. I think a real hard wood would work well just tapping it too- maybe like ebony
For those of you that throw darts, you know that the flights come off some darts more easily than others when they hit the floor, etc. The Corona darts have aluminum shafts with a threaded collet in the back that tightens up on the flight. They hold well. The others have plastic shafts and when they get worn, they don’t stay in very good at all. Sooooooooo ,I walked outside the box again and drilled 2 real small holes in the back of the darts- one through the shaft and the other through the flight and the shaft. I threaded a piece of regular sewing thread through it and topped if off with CA glue. They never come off either now!!
................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 11-23-2011 05:07 AM

Jim, These are sure beauties that is for sure!! I bet you are quite the hustler in the AZ park. I always looking at your projects!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 11-23-2011 05:39 AM

Nice.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 11-23-2011 05:45 AM

Wow Jim, nice work

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#14 posted 11-23-2011 12:53 PM

Nice work Jim, great use of corian.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#15 posted 11-23-2011 02:32 PM

Well done Jim

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