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Advice on Attaching Back to Dartboard Cabinet

by chris8
posted 02-06-2017 08:42 PM

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 08:55 PM

“A rabbet was considered but thought that would also affect structural integrity – more surface space for the glue, but nowhere really to screw in.”

That statement is very confusing to me. Inlaying the back of your choosing into a rabbet on all four sides is a very strong solution. Glue and brad nails (even countersunk screws if so inclined) will keep the backer in place; four screws into the wall and you’re done.

Unless I’m missing something in your description (a very real possibility).

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 09:04 PM

I didn’t consider the pin nails. My concern was that the inlaid backer would only extend 3/8 (half of the 3/4 thick side boards), and not provide me enough space to safely countersink the screws. Your answer gives me more confidence in the glue though…

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#3 posted 02-06-2017 09:27 PM

I’m not sure about the drum sound with the darts hitting, but the hollow space you’d get with a dado would be an ideal place to recess a French cleat to hang it, leaving the frame flush to the wall.

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 01:43 PM

French cleat was the first thing that popped into my head also. Easy to build, super strong and well hidden.

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#5 posted 02-07-2017 07:04 PM

Since you are planning to put this outside, use a waterproof glue like Titebond III. The screw or nails just hold thing together until the glue dries. Modern glues, when used properly, are stronger than the wood.

I had made some Adirondack chairs out of Jarrah a few years ago. We had a severe wind storm here a few weeks back that blew one of those chairs across the yard and into the fence about 50’ away. The joint that broke was glued and screwed together. The screws pulled out without much damage, but the glue ripped pieces of the other board out.

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