Classic Dart Board Cabinet

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Project by MrFid posted 02-06-2014 02:13 PM 20126 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year ago, I bought my father in law a dart board for his birthday. He had one from when his kids were young and couldn’t handle a real metal dart, so it was one of those cheap plastic ones with the tiny holes in it. Never got used. It had an attached cabinet, but it was a piece of junk.
Then, earlier this year, Woodsmith magazine came out with their version of a dart board cabinet, and I decided that it was high time I made him one worthy of a real dart board.
I made this piece from white oak, and matching white oak plywood for the door panels. This was my best attempt yet at frame and panel doors. I did my best to maintain the continuity of the plywood panels throughout both doors. I think they came out looking pretty cool. The doors open and close (and stay that way) with the help of rare earth magnets, and the hardware is from Horton Brasses (quality place, I’ll be buying from them again for sure). The woodsmith version of this had corner brackets like mine does, but theirs were more shaped than mine. Without a bandsaw, I was forced to go for a more linear approach.
As always, a few mistakes were made. The foremost offender was that I mounted the corner brackets flush with the front of the cabinet, instead of insetting them into the cabinet. The problem came when I closed the doors, and the scoreboards got in the way. If I had inset the brackets there would have been clearance for the scoreboards when the doors were closed. As a last minute fix, I attached extra pieces of white oak behind the hinges (see pictures) to provide the necessary clearance. Mounting the cabinet, which turned out to be quite heavy when all was said and done was achieved via some careful measuring and a french cleat system. It worked out really nicely. The board is mounted using a hardboard plate glued and screwed to the back of the cabinet, with support behind it.
The most fun part of this project by far was making the molding for the doors. I took two pieces of white oak and glued them together to make a 1.5” x 3” blank. Then I used Matthias Wandel’s cove cutting calculator (see to cut a cove in the blank. I had to convert what I wanted into metric to make it work, but it came out perfectly. A little sanding, then I ripped it down the middle to create two equal halves (one for each door). If you’ve never cut a cove on your table saw using Matthias’s calculator, I’d highly recommend it. I try to learn something new in each project I attempt, and for this project that was it. I got a few pictures, but they are on my other computer. Maybe I’ll post my (Matthias’s) method as a blog at some point. His instructions are very clear, though.
I’d appreciate any comments, critiques, or questions people may have. This site is such an inspiration to me. Thanks for looking and reading!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 02:41 PM

This is awesome. Did you use slate for the scorboards or did you paint on with chalk board paint? Also, how is the chalkholder attached? That’s a nice touch. Love the use of the magnets.

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 02:48 PM

Sorry I should have included that info! The scoreboards are hardboard. I primed them with spray primer, and used rattle can chalkboard paint. It took a few coats (maybe 3 or 4, but you reapply every 10 minutes so it went quick) to get the look I wanted. The chalk holders and their molding I did mostly with my router table finished with a block plane. I screwed these onto the chalkboards from behind. Thanks for viewing and commenting!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 05:57 PM

Hello Mrfid

A nice project

I have to make one for my dart board

I like the idea to use the magnets

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 06:53 PM

Thanks Diggerjack! The magnets work really well for holding the doors open during play, and locking them closed when the game is over.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 07:21 PM

A really super job! Every game room should have one this nice. Great craftsmanship!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 02-11-2014 03:13 PM

Looks fantastic! Great design and very well executed. Beautiful wood and great details like the panel doors and scoreboards. Beautiful work!

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 03:26 PM

This is really sharp. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 12-23-2014 04:06 PM

Looks Great! I’ve made a couple of dartboard cabinets and was thinking of making one more. As always the design changes so I was looking for some additional ideas and came across yours. I like the front-latch idea and the magnets on the side to hold the doors open. I hadn’t thought of doing something like that. I’m not so keen on the 4 braces – are they actually needed for structure? I’ll offer you up a thought, for maybe the next time you do this – hot-glue wine corks to the backing – it’ll save the points of the darts when, say, his grand-kids throw and miss (you should be able to get corks from local bars/wine-clubs/wineries/etc – helluva lot cheaper then buying rolled cork from a store; your cost is time to collect and glue).

-- slydog, Houston

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