A dartboard is a great way to add some fun to your workshop or home. Most dartboards are made of cork but for a unique twist you can make your own magnetic dartboard using ferrous or magnetic metal. There are a variety of magnetic metals to choose from. Check out our latest post to learn more about metals with magnetic properties.
We have proposed two options for making your own unique DIY dartboard out of magnetic metal. Its the perfect gift or craft project for the kids. This simple project is perfect for all ages and brings lasting fun. Here are the materials you will need:
- 24” x 24” A653 Galvanized Steel Sheet (.06” thick)
- Magnetic darts
- Tape Measure – option 2
- Paint Pens (1 black, 1 red, 1 green) – option 2
- Compass that can make up to 18 inch circle – option 2
- Pencil or chalk – option 2
Option 1: Print Your Dartboard
This is the quickest and easiest option and you will need access to a printer, some scissors and tape.
Download this PDF and print all pages of the file.
Cut out the shapes and tape together on the back side to assemble the circle dartboard.
Adhere paper dartboard face to center of metal sheet with spray mount glue or double sided tape (tip: spray glue onto paper, not metal to avoid leaving a sticky surface)
Option 2: Draw Your Dartboard
For the more advanced fabricators you can choose the option to draw on your dartboard. Use your pencil or chalk for all markings and then go over them with your paint pens.
For a darker dartboard surface try a Mild Steel Sheet like this A569/ASTM A1011 Hot Roll Sheet or a Cold Roll Steel Sheet like this Cold Roll A366 / 1008 Mild Steel Sheet or 4130 Cold Roll Steel Sheet. These have less corrosion resistance, but the darker material creates a beautiful contrast with white paint pens. To combat the lowered corrosion resistance just spray your finished project with a coat of clear spray paint. We just a darker steel in the making of our free standing magnetic dartboard.
Check it out here: Elements of Ingenuity: Magnetic Metal Dartboard
Trace a perfect circle eighteen inches in diameter.
Measure your inner bull’s-eye, which is a small circle, half an inch in diameter, in the center of the board. Encircle this circle with an outer bull’s-eye, which is 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Color your inner bull’s-eye’s black, and your outer bull’s-eye red.
Mark out two larger circles, one 7 7/8 inches in diameter, the other 8 1/2 inches in diameter. The 5/16 of an inch band between these two circles is the triple score ring. Measure two more circles, 13 1/2 inches and 12 7/8 inches in diameter–this band is the double-score ring.
The layout of your dartboard complete, divide the board into twenty equal sections like you would cut up a pie. Do not divide the bull’s-eye. Assign each section of the pie, including the bull’s-eye, a point value – you can either copy a regulation board, or make up your own. To divide the sections of the board from each other, either outline the dividing lines with spider wire (available at dart supply shops), color alternating sections different colors, or both.
Hang your dartboard on the wall, so that the center is five feet, eight inches from the ground. Mark a line seven feet, nine inches from the wall: this is where players will stand.
Mounting Your DIY Dartboard
For the most secure board, sheet metal can be mounted directly to the wall.
Drill a hole corresponding the size of your screw with any standard power drill in each corner of the square sheet, then screw to the wall.
For noise reduction, cork board or foam can be mounted to the back side of the metal sheet prior to mounting it to the wall.