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DIY Dartboard Cabinet

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DIY Dartboard Cabinet
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Get in the game with this traditional-style dartboard. The Z-brace door design, reminiscent of an old-fashioned barn, adds just the right touch to a basement or den. The completed unit is 25" square (45" wide with the doors open) and 5" deep. It includes a convenient chalkboard surface for keeping score and is big enough to hold a standard 18" dartboard plus storage for a few game items.

Below are the TOOLS + MATERIALS you will need to build a DIY Dartboard Cabinet with Storage:

Things Youll Need

How to Make a DIY Dartboard Cabinet with Storage

  1. Cut the Boards and Paneling

    Cut the following pieces with the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* 5 1/2 in. Circular Saw:

    • (2) 1 x 4 poplar boards, 25" long for the vertical sides of the cabinet
    • (2) 1 x 4 poplar boards, 23 1/2" long for the top and bottom of the cabinet
    • (2) 1 x 4 poplar boards, 23 1/2" long for the stretchers inside the cabinet
    • (4) 1 x 2 poplar boards, 25" long for the sides of the doors
    • (6) 1 x 2 poplar boards, 9 1/4" long for the bottom, top and braces of the doors  
    • (2) 1/4 x 1 1/2" poplar boards, 30" long for the angled door trim
    • (4) 1/4 x 1 1/2" poplar boards, 12 1/4" long for the top and bottom door trim
    • (1) 25 x 25" piece of V-groove paneling for the back of the cabinet
    • (2) 8 1/4 x 25" pieces of V-groove paneling for the door fronts
    • (1) 9 x 18" piece of V-groove paneling for the chalkboard

  2. Build the Cabinet Frame

    Apply wood glue to the ends of the 23 ½” top and bottom cabinet pieces and fit them between the two 25" cabinet side pieces, flush at both ends and with all pieces on-edge. Drill pilot holes with a 1/8" bit through the sides using the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill/Driver. Secure the joints with 2" screws to form the box frame.


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    Depending on what type of screw you're using, pilot holes should be just slightly smaller than the screw.

    The idea is to allow the hole to be big enough for the screw to pass through without splitting the wood, but at the same time, small enough so that the threads grip firmly.

  3. Add the Back

    Apply wood glue along the back edges of the cabinet frame. Place the 25 x 25" V-groove piece on the back. Drive 1" screws around the perimeter to secure the back to the frame.

  4. Place the Stretchers

    Apply construction adhesive to the backs of the two 1 x 2 stretcher pieces. Fit them inside the cabinet, one flush with the top and one flush with the bottom. Screw them on through the back of the cabinet using 1" screws.

  5. Build the Doors

    Drill three 3/8” vertical holes, evenly spaced, in the top edges of the two 9 1/4" braces for the insides of the doors; these are the holes for holding darts. Apply construction adhesive to the backs of two of the 25" long 1 x 2 door side pieces and fit them on the backside of one of the V-groove door panels so they are flush on both sides. Apply adhesive to two of 9 1/4" long 1 x 2 pieces for the door top and bottom. Fit these between the 25" pieces, one flush with the bottom and one with the top of the door panel.

    Finally, adhere two of the drilled brace pieces between the bottom and top pieces with equal spacing. Clamp all of the pieces to the door panel and let the adhesive dry for at least one hour. Repeat the same steps to build the other door, minus the two braces.

  6. Add the Door Trim

    Apply construction adhesive to the 12 1/4" long door trim pieces and fit them 1 ½” from the bottom and top on the face of the each door panel. Dry-fit (no glue) the 30" long trim piece where you want it on the front of each door (it will overlap the 12 1/4" trim pieces). Trace the angle needed (it should be about 35 degrees) on both ends of the 30" piece.

    Use the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* 5-1/2 in. Circular Saw to cut the long trim at the marked angles. Apply construction adhesive and fit the angled trim piece onto the door. Clamp all of the pieces and let the adhesive dry for at least one hour.

  7. Create the Chalkboard

    Use a small paintbrush to apply chalkboard paint to the back of the 9 x 18" V-groove chalkboard panel, and allow it to dry as directed by the manufacturer. Apply construction adhesive to the other side of the chalkboard and fit the chalkboard to the back of the door without the braces. Allow it to dry for one hour.

  8. Sand Everything

    Use the BLACK+DECKER MOUSE® Detail Sander and 120-grit sandpaper to sand everything smooth. Apply stain, following the manufacturer's directions, and allow it to dry. Apply two coats of aerosol lacquer, as directed.

  9. Hang the Doors

    Install two 3/4" overlay hinges on each door, 4" from the top and bottom. Place the doors on the cabinet (there should be a 1/2" gap between the two doors). Screw the hinges to the cabinet with 3/4" screws. Install a gate latch assembly to the doors with 5/8" screws.

  10. Mount the Cabinet and Dartboard

    Use the BLACK+DECKER Stud Sensor to locate two studs in the wall. Position the cabinet on the wall and level it with the BLACK+DECKER Accu-Mark™ 36 in. Level. Screw the cabinet to the wall through the back rail at the top using 3" screws. Hang the dartboard inside the cabinet using a Z-bracket screwed to the top rail with 1" screws.

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