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DIY Dartboard Cabinet

Dartboards are awesome, and everyone is usually up for a game of darts! What’s even better than having a dartboard to play darts when you want…how about having a dartboard cabinet to cover the dartboard when it isn’t in use so it isn’t an eye sore in a room! Free plans to build a DIY dartboard cabinet!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet
DIY Dartboard Cabinet

The best part is, I didn’t have to make the dartboard, just the cabinet, so you can throw it together in a couple of hours! What a GREAT gift idea, ready in a couple of hours! Sweeeeetttt!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet

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DIY Dartboard Cabinet

Gathering Supplies to Make the DIY Dartboard Cabinet

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Materials to Build Dartboard Cabinet:

Cut List for Dartboard Cabinet:

  • 1 – 1/2″ piece of plywood @ 23″ x 23″ (back)
  • 2 – 1/2″ pieces of plywood @ 11 5/16″ x 22 7/8″(doors)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 24 1/2″(frame)
  • 2 – 1×4 @ 23″ (frame)
  • 1 – 1×6 @ 26 1/2″ (top)
  • 4 – 1/4″ lattice strips @ 19 7/8″ (door molding)
  • 4 – 1/4″ lattice strips @ 11 5/16″ (door molding)
  • 2 – 1×2 @ 8″ (dart holders)

Building the DIY Dartboard Cabinet

To start I ripped down my plywood to 23″x 23″ so that I could get by using one 1×4 instead of needing two! If you don’t have a table saw to rip the plywood you can use a clamp and a board as a guide, or the Kreg Rip-cut works really well! Or have Home Depot or Lowe’s do it for you when you purchase your plywood, just know that they won’t be the prettiest cuts!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet

Next, cut the frame boards. To attach the frame boards, you will need to drill pocket holes in the back plywood. If you don’t have a Kreg jig, you could get by with using a brad nailer and wood glue, it is just really hard to shoot brad nails into 1/2″ plywood without any of them getting wonky and blowing out the side!

Using your Kreg jig, set your jig to 1/2″, then set your drill bit to 1/2″ and clamp your board into place. (sorry the pics are blurry, they are from the video)

Setting your kreg jig
DIY Dartboard Cabinet - setting the Kreg Jig
Drilling pocket holes with the Kreg Jig

Drill holes all around your plywood.

Pocket hole placement on the DIY dartboard cabinet

Using wood glue and 1″ pocket hole screws, attach the frame boards to the plywood.

DIY Dartboard Cabinet - attaching the frame
Glueing the frame on the DIY dartboard cabinet

Flip it over and brad nail the side so they don’t lean inward.

I love how that was JUST cut off from the frame of the camera! 🙄 Hopefully, you can still figure out what I am doing!

Add the 1×6 (ripped down to 4″) to the top of the frame. Center it, then use glue and brad nails to attach it!

Next, cut your lattice strips for the doors. Attach them with wood glue and 5/8″ brad nails. Make sure the depth of your brad nails is just right so they don’t come out on the other side!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet - framing the doors with molding
DIY Dartboard Cabinet
DIY Dartboard Cabinet
DIY Dartboard Cabinet

Once the doors are framed out on the front, you can dress them up on the back! To make your dart holders, you will need to drill holes in the center of your 1×2 at 2″, 4″, and 6″. They will be drilled into the 3/4″ side of the 1×2.

DIY Dartboard Cabinet - drilling thr holes for the darts

Then glue the 1x2s onto the backside of one of the doors. Make sure to center them on the door.

DIY Dartboard Cabinet - gluing the dart holders to the door

Paint or stain your pieces at this point!

Then, using painter’s tape, tape off a section of the door that you did not place your dart holders on, and paint it with chalkboard paint. This will be your scorekeeper.

DIY Dartboard Cabinet - painting the chalkboard scorekeeper
DIY Dartboard Cabinet - painting the scorekeeper

Attach the doors to the frame with your small hinges. I used them flat since that is the simplest way you can use hinges! Lol! Also because it gives it a little character if you ask me! (no photo, sorry…my hubby did this for me while I was sleeping)

Attach the magnetic latch so that it will hold the doors steady while you drill your holes for your knobs! I just used a screwdriver for this part…and I had help from the best helper! Lol!

Adding the magnetic latch for the diy dartboard cabinet

Measure and drill your holes to attach your knobs!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet - adding the knobs

I like to use the yellow painter’s tape for marking and then drilling holes because I can see through it to see my mark! And yes, I COULD just mark on the tape but I NEVER remember to put the tape down first, and then I don’t want to go back and measure again! This is what works best for me!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet
DIY Dartboard Cabinet

Screw the knobs into place!

Hang that sucker on the wall! I just screwed it into the studs from the front side before hanging the dartboard inside. Don’t mind that this is an incredibly blurry picture my little one took for me! You can see the two black spots, those are the screws into the studs! You could use a hangman if you are giving it as a gift!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet

Then I put a screw to hang the dartboard inside the cabinet, that way we can change out the dartboard once it has too many holes!

And that is all there is to it! It is finito!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet

Love this project and think your friends or family would like it too? I would love for you to share it with them!

I better get busy, I have sooooo many more projects to bring you before Christmas! Happy Building!

DIY Dartboard Cabinet
DIY Dartboard Cabinet with doors open and half closed
DIY Dartboard Cabinet

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