Darts is a fun and competitive game to play with friends and family. With a little effort, you can build your own dartboard stand right in your backyard, allowing you to practice at any time of day. Then challenge your friends to a game at your next party and impress them with your skills.
Determine where you want to set up the dartboard. Place the board in a clearing where it will be easy to retrieve any fallen darts. Dig out two holes in the ground, 25 inches apart and two feet deep.
Mix the bag of concrete in the bucket by following the instructions on the bag. Put one of the 4-inch by 4-inch posts into one of the holes and pour concrete into the hole while holding the post straight. Repeat this process for the second post. The posts should be aligned and straight when you're finished. Let the concrete dry for the amount of time specified on the bag.
Measure two feet down from the top of a post and mark it. Do the same for the second post. On the plyboard, measure and mark five and a half inches from each side of the board.
Place the board so that the bottom of the board reaches the two-foot marks you made on the posts. The sides of the posts should be at the marks you made on the board. Nail the board to the posts using at least two nails for each post.
Measure 10 3/4 inches down from the top of the board and make a mark. Then measure 20 inches from the side and mark the center. Hammer a nail partially into the board at the spot 10 3/4 inches from the top and centered from the sides. Hang your dartboard from the nail and begin a game of darts.
Things You'll Need
- 2 posts, 8 feet by 4 inches by 4 inches
- 1 plyboard, 40 inches by 40 inches
- 7 nails, 3 1/2-inch
- 2 bags of cement, 80 lbs. each
- 1 bucket, 20-gallon
- Safety glasses
- Tape measure
Joelle Dedalus began writing professionally for websites such as PugetSoundMagazine.com in 2009. She received her B.A. in English education at Iowa State University and is currently a M.F.A. candidate in creative nonfiction writing at Emerson College in Boston, where she is developing a manuscript on literary travel. Her areas of expertise include travel and literature, the outdoors and the arts.