Introduction: Hogwarts Dartboard Cabinet
This was to be my daughters birthday present. I had to do it a little early to get it in the wizarding contest.
Little known non canonical trivia: Many of the Muggle born brought their games and pastimes to Hogworts. Some of the skill based ones were embraced as a novelty. Like darts.
Step 1: Materials
A: Door 2 needed 1 x 11 1/2 x 27 3/8
B: Sides 2 needed 1 x 3 1/2 x 25
C: Bottom and top 1 x 3 1/2 x 21 5/8
D: Back 1 x 23 1/2 x 21 1/2
not shown: 4 needed 1 x 1 5/8 x 11 1/2 for cross pieces
2 needed 1 x 1 1/4 x 7 1/4 for dart holders
Also need craft paint in the House colors, Sharpies, and stain of your choice.
Step 2: Basic Construction
I used a pallet for most of the construction. Cut all pieces to length. They had a little cup, so I ripped them and flipped the grain for greater stability. Glue enough pieces to make the back and glue and clamp. Let dry for at least two hours, I prefer overnight.
Do the same for the doors and when dry, clamp them together and draw the shape you choose for the top. Cut them, I used a bandsaw but you could do it with a cheap coping saw or jigsaw if that's what you have. Sand the top until smooth and even. When you take them apart you have both halves of your door.
I then used screws to attach the sides, top and bottom. Fill the holes with stainable wood putty and sand when dry.
Step 3: Staining, Optional
Make a full size pattern for your crest. I Googled and found one i liked and fiddled with settings in Poster It until I got the size I wanted. Transfer it to the bare wood then apply stain working carefully around the edges
Step 4: Paint
Give the stain Plenty of time to dry the get out your paints and get creative.
Step 5: Cross Pieces and Dart Holders
I measured where I wanted my cross pieces and drilled two holes through each door to fasten the dart holder. Drill enough 1/8 inch holes in the dart holders to accommodate the number of darts you want, six in each for all four houses
Use the holes to screw the holders on then attach the cross pieces with small nails.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
Apply your favorite finish. Mount your dartboard.
If you want, create individual House flights for your darts.
I hope you have fun makings this and please vote for me in the wizarding contest.