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Forum topic by pete79 posted 11-17-2009 06:00 PM 936 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2009 06:00 PM

I’m making my father-in-law a dartboard cabinet for his newly finished basement as a gift. I was originally thinking of making it out of #2 pine, with some walnut accents, no stain – just a clear finish. This would go nicely with thier “rustic” feel of their cottage that it’s going in.

Last night I picked up a nice small piece of Cocobolo for the accent pieces instead of walnut since I couldn’t find a piece I was happy with. I had some #2 pine laying around, but it has cupped pretty bad in the time it’s been sitting idle.

This got me to thinking if I really want to make this thing out of pine. I have a real nice piece for accents, and pine is a little soft. I’m curious if anyone has any other suggestions for the cabinet material that would be reasonably easy to find in Michigan.


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#1 posted 11-17-2009 06:11 PM

Pete, you really have a wide assortment of woods that you could use for the cabinet. Oak, cherry, maple are all plentiful in your area and any of the three would make a gorgeous cabinet. Coupled with cocobola accents the cabinet would be a nice surprise, I am sure. Of the three oak would be the easiest to work with and maple would provide the best contrast with the cocobola but it can be somewhat problematic to stain.

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#2 posted 11-17-2009 08:24 PM

Ooh, thanks for the project idea!!!

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#3 posted 11-17-2009 08:29 PM

No problem – I considered just buying one, but couldn’t find a design that I liked. I’ll post pics once it’s done.

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 12:43 AM

I have some beautiful objects made with maple and cocobolo….those two work really good together….cherry is a bit too close…oak works ok…but is not a eye catching as maple…...I am not that familiar with the woods avail where you are at….but some other woods that would work in the manner you are thinking is basswood (it is really close to pine but harder)...ash which is harder still but much closer to the look of pine….I found some beautiful holly the other day that was less then 2.00 a bf….(Holly is almost milky white) which would really contrast cocobolo…..basically any white or light wood would work pretty good as cocobolo is very red with various tints running in it…most of woods above could be made “rustic” or distressed really easily….whereas cocobolo is a very oily wood and is more difficult to use any finish “magic” on…

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 12:57 AM

I think that there are all good selections -
2 cautions – the Dart board doors can get a bit heavy – especially if like many, tou put a section of chalkboard for scoring inside so choose the hinges carefully
Also since the center where the doors close is unsupported (hollow) you want to really watch the grain choice so that you have a door that will stay flat. otherwise it doesn’t close well, nor does it want to open out and stay where you want it while playing.

Good luck

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