When your dart throwing skills leave a lot to be desired, having a piece of wood behind the dart board to capture stray missiles rather than having them stick in the wall is an absolute necessity - unless you enjoy filling and painting small holes. Not wanting to just nail a scrap piece of plywood to the wall, I decided to put a little extra effort into the project and build a nice oak frame around the plywood. 3/4" thick oak is used for the outside border and 1/2" interior grade plywood is used for the backerboard. The width was made less than the height because the swing-open doors protect a wide enough area at the level of the dart board. Two coats of clear varnish were used for the finish (no stain).
Mounted to the frame is a Halex self-scoring dart board that accepts standard or plastic-tipped darts. Melanie and I use the standard metal-tipped darts, thus the need for the backerboard.
Posted September 26, 2012