What to put behind a dart board to protect wall from holes?

Welcome to make a dartboard wall protector or support board. It is really simple to make, you only need a few materials and a few hours of work.  

If you really love darts, this is your tutorial to know what to put behind a dart board to protect wall.

Surely, you’ve played and you know that everything is fun until your wall is full of holes, so that does not happen I have a great solution, a false panel to place behind your dartboard. 

There are many different ways and materials to create them, what I will share with you today is a way with a fake wood panel.

The important thing if you choose to do it with wood or other material, is that the thickness of the background should be at least 2.5 to 3.5 cm so that there is no contact between the tip of the dart and the wall.

Now let’s hit the mark with this board!

What to put behind a dart board to protect wall

What to put behind a dart board to protect wall? (Best way)

To make this amazing you need some materials.

Here is the checklist before you start: 

  • Wooden boards for the edges (can be any kind)1.30 by 1.30 which would be ideal to protect or can be whatever length you think is suitable for the wall.
  • Faux wood paneling (you can get some cheap ones on Amazon) Try to get the size of the wood boards you want to work with.
  • Carpentry tools (such as saws, drill, etc.).
  • Glasses to protect your eyes
  • Sandpaper
  • Varnish 

In case you want to make your own dart board wall protection with real wood, just make sure that the wood is not too hard or compact, otherwise, your darts will bounce.

Also, make sure to cover the floor with a carpet for protection, otherwise, they may scratch when the darts fall (in the case of parquet or wooden floors they can really damage the surface, be careful!)

Now let’s go with a step-by-step of this dartboard wall protector

  • Step #1.

    The first step is to cut the one by the force to length for my frame. I chose to make it 1,30 metros by 1,30 metros ( you know that you can choose the measures to your taste) and then drilled pocket holes in it.
  • Step #2.

    Now you can sand them a little before cutting (this step will help you not only when cutting but also when you want to varnish). Try to get all the rough edges out of the corners and where the seams are, get that ready for staining. 
  • Step #3.

    Drill a hole at each end of each board (if you want to make two of them for reinforcement).          
  • Step #4.

    After you have all those pocket holes drilled you just need to screw the four boards together. In this case, I tried out this pocket hole clamp that I got and it really seemed to help align the boards and made it easier to screw them together without the boards getting out of alignment.

Screw all of the pocket holes together and you’ll be ready to go to the next step. 

  • Step #5.

    So you see, you can put the faux wood board behind this dart board wall protection and you can clamp it at the corners. Then you’re going to get here having a clamp on each side since you need to cut them to match.
  • Step #6.

    It’s time to varnish! I used a special stain for walnut trees and it really looked great with the panel. I’m sure you will be very happy with it.
  • Step #7.

    The best option for joining is recessed holes, so try using a drill bit to drill a few holes in the wood. You’ll see that it will work out extraordinarily and not only countersink it, but it provides a guide hole to drive the screws through.

    Then you need to pre-drill the bolt (because it is a metal bolt) and use it as a place to hang the edge of the board. 

  • Step#8.

    Always try to balance the board before attaching it to the wall. For that, you should have the level attached to the second one on the second stud and then just repeat the same process through the bottom, drilling and fixing (so that way all four corners are well connected, and when the darts are hitting or being pulled out, but nothing will be floating around).

Now we have the bottom board hung and ready to use next to the dart board! 
So you are ready to start practicing your target shooting! 

Now you know how to make an inexpensive wall board that looks like a rustic shiplap. This board really enhances the look of the dart board, and can easily be adjusted to the size that best suits your space. 

Remember that this is basically fiberboard or fancy cardboard and could go through very easily, so you might be able to use some very short roofing nails that have a large head (so that they can certainly hold the wood frame very well and then hold the panel with that large head).

I hope this tutorial on “What to put behind a dart board to protect wall” really helped and pleased you! 

It’s always my pleasure to share this kind of knowledge so you can achieve all your creative ideas in cool crafts. 

Happy crafting!

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