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Dartboard 2.0

Yes. 2.0 means that this is another project that Dan decided to redo. Last summer, when we finally had everything set up in the bar, Dan bought a dart board and built a frame around it. A black wooden border with a red box background that served a dual purpose – it not only looked cool, but it also prevented people like me from throwing darts into the drywall. So far, it’s worked like a charm.

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But that didn’t stop Dan from dreaming up bigger plans for the dart board. And those dreams included reframing the entire board and adding a door that would also serve as storage for the darts. I’m pretty sure that was the design I tried to persuade him to build from the beginning. I guess my ideas just have to grow on him a bit =)

After taking apart what he had for the first dartboard, he was able to reuse the original frame, shrink it down a bit, and use his router to give the top a new look. This gave it a more finished look, and made good use of materials that would otherwise sit in the garage.20161226_115700

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Rebuilding the frame was the easy part. What was more challenging was building the door itself. Dan started with 1×2 wood, cutting the sides and then the top, all of which would be used as the border. He then ran the sides of the 1×2 through the table saw to make a grove that would hold a 1/8 piece of plywood.

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After adding two 1x4s, about 12 inches long each, to the inside of the door, he then drilled pocket holes in a line across the 1×4, which would then be used to hold the darts.

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Dan stuck with the original finish of glossy black paint, and also kept the red fabric background.

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And because people didn’t already know we were Polish, the finishing touch was a white falcon decal added to the front of the dart board itself.

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