Dartboard Cabinet

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Project by wwnovice posted 05-13-2007 06:53 PM 2985 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All -

I’ve been perusing this website for a few months now, and I’m glad I found it. My favorite thing to do on the Woodworking sites is look at what other people are building.

This is my first time posting a project here. It’s a dartboard cabinet that I just finished. The wood is mainly cherry. I used a cleat system for hanging the cabinet, and the cleats are made of hard maple.

This project represents 2 firsts for me: Dovetail joinery (using my Leigh jig), and Frame-and-Panel door construction.

-- John

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#1 posted 05-13-2007 07:00 PM

very cool…another idea for my project list!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 05-13-2007 09:36 PM

That is a beautiful cabinet with very nice joinery, and nice wood.
Now, let me be the first to ask….
Are you really going to let people throw darts at it?

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#3 posted 05-13-2007 10:07 PM

A great looking cabinet John.

How did you do your panels for the doors?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 05-13-2007 10:37 PM

You could line the inside of the doors with a double thicknes of 1/8” cork.

-- Woodeneye, Michigan, [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-13-2007 10:43 PM

Wonderful cabinet. Looks like lots of fun.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 05-14-2007 01:07 AM

Thats a 180 in my book!

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#7 posted 05-14-2007 01:29 AM

I’d throw darts at it. Covering it with anything means you can’t see it. I want to see the inside and outside.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 05-14-2007 01:56 AM

Thanks for the compliments, and yes I’m going to let people throw darts at it. I figure if I can keep the darts from straying onto the doors, then anyone can ;-)

-- John

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#9 posted 05-14-2007 02:02 AM

Great looking project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 05-14-2007 02:05 AM

Bill, I used an MLCS raised panel bit on the panels, and a CMT rail-and-stile bit for the frames. The rail-and-stile bit is a single bit that you just raise or lower to get the appropriate profile. I used spaceballs in the grooves to keep the panels spaced evenly and allow for expansion.

Hope that answers your question.

-- John

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#11 posted 05-14-2007 02:22 AM

Very nice. Beautiful project, especially the choice of wood and finishes. Which leads to my question, you mentioned the doors are cherry, what / how did you finish it

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#12 posted 05-14-2007 05:13 AM

I like it! Have you thought about adding a scoreboard to the inside of the doors? I’d hate to take away from the wood however as the finish is great. You could perhaps use chalkboard paint or a dry erase board for scoring Cricket or 301 for instance. Nice dovetails! How do you like the Leigh Jig? I have a Porter Cable jig that I haven’t used too much yet.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#13 posted 05-14-2007 05:18 AM

That is one dynamite cabinet, thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#14 posted 05-14-2007 01:46 PM

Coloradoclimber, I finished it with 4 coats of Sam Maloof poly/oil finish, wiped on.

-- John

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#15 posted 05-14-2007 01:52 PM

Jeff, I’m still debating about a scoreboard – thanks for the ideas. As for the Leigh jig, I like it a lot. I thought it would be difficult to set up and learn, but it turned out to be easy, at least for through dovetails. I haven’t tried half-blind dovetails yet.

-- John

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