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kocgolf

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04-19-2018 08:53 PM

I am building a dartboard as a wedding gift. I have been wrestling with what to do for the back panel. Originally I was going to go with just some BB Plywood, perhaps painted, but now I really want to do something better. The cabinet is quarter sawn white oak, arts and crafts influenced design, and I am thinking of doing the interior drawers in walnut. Why not make the back panel in walnut as well? The concern I have is that the panel will be roughly 22×27. I am thinking best I can do is 3/8 thick. The cabinet won’t hang on the wall through this panel, but the board will have to be secured to it. It would be floating of course in grooves, but will a panel of that size stay stable enough? Will it support the weight of the dartboard hanging on it ok through seasonal movement?


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#1 posted 04-19-2018 08:59 PM

Why not have your cake and eat it too? Go with the baltic birch for stability and strength and lay on a walnut veneer.

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 09:08 PM

No matter what you use, it will be torn up pretty quickly after moderate use… don’t ask how I know :)
If I had to do it over again, I would make the back panel easily replaceable, and certainly would not use any pricey wood – plywood is just fine for the task.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 04-19-2018 09:13 PM

Yeah, I have definitely thought of the “damage from darts” factor. I suppose I should just go with the plywood. I would love to go with the veneer option but I don’t have the machinery to cut my own veneer at this time. Or maybe I just don’t have the skill to try it yet.

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#4 posted 04-19-2018 09:29 PM

Shouldn’t it be covered in cork?

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Kazooman

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#5 posted 04-19-2018 09:34 PM



Shouldn t it be covered in cork?

- Ripper70

Cork would be another nice option. You can get 1/8” thick cork sheets at art supply stores. The darts will go through to the wood but it will look nice for quite a while and could be scraped off and renewed.

For the OP, you do not need to cut veneer, you can order it online from a zillion places.

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#6 posted 04-19-2018 09:37 PM

I agree to use cork!

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kocgolf

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#7 posted 04-19-2018 10:05 PM

Yeah, cork was my first thought. I had a hard time finding a source that looked like quality stuff. Anyone have a good source?

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#8 posted 04-19-2018 10:33 PM

Pretty sure Amazon has it in tile or roll form. I’ve seen it in a light natural color or dark brown as well. A quicky google search yielded this site that has varying colors and thicknesses up to one inch.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#9 posted 04-19-2018 10:53 PM

You guys need to work on your game. Here’s a near perfect throw by me a while back. (BTW, you don’t want bulls eyes, you want triple twenties).

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kocgolf

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#10 posted 04-19-2018 11:23 PM

Yeah, I’m awful at darts! More of a Pool/Billiards guy. I do understand that is an awesome grouping. Well done!

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#11 posted 04-19-2018 11:51 PM

How big of a piece do you need? I may be able to help if a customer has some drops in the right size

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kocgolf

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#12 posted 04-20-2018 12:48 AM

How much cork? 22×27. Amazon has a few options where I could piece together some squares. I like the source that Ripper linked to for rolls of all sizes, but for the small amount I need, the shipping is just kind of silly to pay for. Might as well use the walnut!

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#13 posted 04-20-2018 02:24 AM

How about Homasote Board?
I think it would hold up better than cork.

EDIT:
Here is another product called Homasote NovaCork . They offer cut to size pieces, might give them a call

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Kazooman

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#14 posted 04-20-2018 12:18 PM

Check out the craft stores in your area. Hobby Lobby sells rolls of cork sheet. 24” wide. Length of the roll varies with the thickness.

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#15 posted 04-20-2018 12:45 PM

I throw a lot of darts, nice darts Rich good 140, I don’t have my board in a cabinet, I actually have a 4’x4’ piece of drywall covered in an upholstery fabric remnant (wife selected and approved) which has a total cost of about $20. The drywall is soft enough to not dull the darts and the fabric fully conceals the misses. Some of the other folks in my league use carpet. I’ve seen some use the thin sheet roll of cork that quickly goes to crap around the board perimeter, but if you can find it pretty thick it should hold up better, sometimes they sell 3/8” 1 foot squares Don’t call me crazy but, you might be able to find a complementary colored commercial carpet cut off to cover your backer.

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