Darts is a popular traditional pub game, enjoyed across all ages as well as being a thriving professional sport.
Adding a dartboard to your home or garden can provide a great focal point at social gatherings and also a relaxing individual pastime.
In this detailed How To blog we look at creating a floating outdoor dartboard backing board, with just a reclaimed pallet, some spare timber and using common home & garden tools.
This simple step by step guide should only take a competent DIY-er around just 2 to 3 hours to complete.
1. Pallet Preparation
Find some level ground (a patio or lawn is fine) and set the pallet upside down.
To remove the noggins (the blocks underneath) use either a crowbar or a lump hammer, remembering to flatten down or knock through any protruding nails afterwards.
Carefully, with an appropriate saw, trim the pallet panel to suit.
Use heavy duty sandpaper (e.g. 40 grit) all over the trimmed panel to remove any splinters and leave an even finish.
2. Make The Frame
Using some more substantial timber, cut two equal pieces for the vertical lengths and two slightly longer equal pieces for the horizontal lengths.
Similarly to the pallet panel, it's certainly worth roughly sanding each piece as you go, for a better finished project.
Use regular wood screws to join the four pieces of the frame together.
3. Measure Up
Using a tape measure and spirit level, mark the standard height from the floor to the bullseye at 5 feet 8 inches (1.73m).
4. Fix The Floating Brackets
Making use of the leftover pallet slats, cut them to fit the reverse side of the pallet panel.
Match the bullseye mark with the midpoint of each slat, check with a spirit level and fix to the wall securely with rawl plugs and screws.
5. Mount The Board
Lift the board onto the brackets and fix with wood screws.
The Finishing Touches...
Mount the dartboard with a simple screw and open catch bracket - this means the board can easily be lifted off for storage during inclement weather.
We painted the frame of ours to match other elements of our garden.
Where do you stand?? Luckily, we placed our board at the end of a run of 600x600 paving slabs, meaning it's relatively easy to work out the oche length (floor distance from board to toes) of 7 feet 9.25 inches using the flagstones as a guide.