How to make your own dartboard

You can build a simple dart board by painting a face on a cork-and-plywood base. With a saber saw, cut a disk of 1/2-inch plywood 19 inches in diameter. With a matt knife, cut a matching disk of thin (about 1/4 inch) cork. Join the two with contact cement.

With a pencil, lightly draw two diameters across the face of the cork disk to locate its center. To make a target type face, use an extended compass to draw six equally spaced concentric circles from that center. The outside rim is the sixth circle.

You can make your own compass by tying one end of a piece of string to a nail and the other end to a pencil so that the points of the pencil and nail are the desired distance apart when the string is pulled taut. Hold the nail at the center of the board and pull the pencil around the board, keeping the string taut, to draw the circle. Paint the spaces between the circles in alternating bands of contrasting colors of nongloss enamel.

To make a clock-type face, find the center of the board, as above, and position a protractor with its center on the board’s center. Make dots every 181/2 degrees around the circumference of the protractor and draw lines extending through the center of the board and the dots to the outside edge of the board. This will create the wedges. Draw the circles as shown in the diagram below and paint the shaded areas with nongloss enamel. Stencil the numbers onto the outside band.

In darts, players throw small missiles at a target board to demonstrate their marksmanship. There are two types of dart board. The target face board consists of concentric rings. The clock face board, used in the game of tournament darts and its variations, has wedge-shaped sectors as well as rings. Mount either board so that its center, the bulls eye, is 5 feet, 8 inches from the floor. Mark a throwing line on the floor 7 feet, 91/4 inches away. The basic game

Any number can play using either type of board. Each player in turn stands behind the throwing line and throws three darts at the board. If a dart lands in the doubles or triples ring of a clock-face board, the score is doubled or tripled. Darts must stay in the board to be counted. The highest score wins. The game of tournament darts One, two, or three individual players or teams of two or more can play tournament darts, using the clock-face board. Each individual player begins with a score of 301 (or each team with a score of 501) and subtracts the points earned from throwing until a score of zero is reached.
Each player throws three darts per turn. Each side must throw a dart into the doubles ring or bull’s eye to begin its scoring. Point values are the same as for the basic game.

There are three legs (games) in a match. To end a leg, a player must score a double or bull’s eye that brings his or her score to exactly zero. If the player fails, all three darts thrown in that turn are discounted and the player tries again at his or her next turn.

Caution: Never play darts where people are likely to walk in front of or behind the target board. Don’t let young children play unless they are carefully supervised.