How To Make A Target Board
- Plywood front: 1/2"
plywood, 24" x 24"
- Plywood base: 1/2"
plywood, 24" x 17"
- 2 hinges and screws (make
sure the screws are 1/2" in length or that you have a way to cut them
off). If you are making many
target boards, you should purchase a 72” long strip hinge and use a
hacksaw to cut it up. For small
target boards, cut into four 18” strips (one per target board).
- 2 uprights: 2"x4"
with the top cut at a 45 degree angle.
- 8 3" wood screws, get
the kind with the broad thread (like decks screws) so you won't have to
- Anti-fatigue matting.
Purchase it at Lowe's, it's found in the carpet department and can be
bought by the foot off a roll. 36" wide. You will need a little more
than 2' of matting.
- Contact cement. (Weldwood brand at Lowe's and not the "gel"
formula.) You will need enough to paint the front of the target board and
the back of the matting.
- Pipe wrap: 24" of pipe
wrap (the foam stuff used to insulate pipes).
- Cut the plywood pieces and
the 2x4's to size. Note that you can make 4 small target boards from one
4x8 ft sheet of plywood.
- Sand all the edges to remove
- Attach the front to the base
using the hinges.
- If the hinge screws poke
through the plywood, file them smooth or if they are really long cut them
- Position the uprights so that
the front of the target board is at a 45-degree angle.
- Drive two wood screws through
the front of the target board into each of the 2x4's.
- Flip it over and drive 2 wood
screws through the base of the target board into each of the 2x4's.
- Place the matting on the
floor back side up. Make sure
that the ridges on the matting will be vertical when placed on the target
- Place the target board on the
matting and using a Sharpie draw the outline of the target board front on
- Paint the entire front of the
target board with contact cement. Be sure to get good coverage around the
- Paint the square you have
drawn on the back of the matting with contact cement. Paint a margin
outside the square to make sure you get good coverage.
- Allow the contact cement to
dry as per the instructions on the can. Be patient, if you put the matting
on before the contact cement dries you will get bubbles behind the
- You only get one chance to
put the matting on. Once the two surfaces with the contact cement on them
touch, they will adhere.
- Position the target board
over the matting and press the two together.
- Flip it over and rub down the
matting to get a seal. Rub around the edges and make sure they are firmly
- Place the board face down on
a flat surface and put some weight on it and let it dry overnight.
- Use a sharp blade and trim
away the excess matting.
- Use contact cement to attach
the pipe wrap along the top edge of the target board. This will help
protect your walls.
- Get your beverage of choice
out of the fridge and drink it.
Making a "super-sized" target board:
The super-sized target board is made in exactly the same manner, only
bigger. The dimensions are:
- The front: 36" along the
bottom and 32" along the side.
- The base: 32" along the
front edge and 22 5/8" along the side. Note that the base is 4 inches
narrower than the front. Leave
2 inches on either side of the base when attaching it to the front (ie center it).
- The 2x4's are 18 5/8"
along the long edge and are positioned 4" in from the back edge of
- Use 3 hinges instead of 2. If you are using a 72” strip
hinge, cut it into 24” lengths (one per target board).
- Anti-fatigue matting. You will need 32” for each
- These dimensions were chosen
so that 2 target boards can be made from one 4x8 ft sheet of plywood.