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Author Topic: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches  (Read 489 times)

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Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:30:41 pm »
Opened a dart hall. The walls are corrugated sheet metal. Needed to mount some steel tip boards. Ready-made stands cost too damn much for what you get. So BYO!

Step 1: Sketchup.


Step B: Cut some wood.


Step "time to stop counting": Paint said wood. I like Rustoleum's oil based Semi-gloss Black.


Time to start putting the pieces together. The frame is just 2x4s. The back board is 1/2" particle board wrapped in black felt, and secured to the frame with wood screws and finish washers (these little guys rock).


One mostly done.


Multiplied by a factor of four...


Added some of the scrap 1/2" plywood on the backs of the bases to keep the stands up against the crests of the sheet metal ridges. Also added some support braces to the bases.


Lowe's has the best cost effective solution I've found for dartboard lighting. These clip-on LED lamps work great.


The soft tip boards also got an upgrade to international color segments during this time...


A good friend of mine has a 48" printer that I put to good use for banners 'n ---steaming pile of meadow muffin---...


Here you can see the carpet oche for the soft tip boards. The distance from the oche to board surface for steel tip is 2 3/4" closer, hence the sticker oches on the floor for the steel tip boards. These stickers drove me nuts during the short time they were installed. I had to come up with another solution...


Finally! A decent use for LED T-molding!


But how? Internationally, raised oches are the norm for steel tip. But I didn't want to build bulky boxes. 3/4" particle board will work...


Four raised oches cut to width...


Then I cut them to length. All cuts were made with a router and flush trim bit. Cut the t-molding slots on the front edges. Ran wiring harnesses down the sides. Wrapped em up in carpet (was on sale at Menards for 27 cents a sq ft). And installed the t-molding.






While waiting on the slow boat from China, I threw some scrap LED strips in to see the effect...




The RGB strips and controllers showed up... But they failed to send me the power supplies I ordered...




Installed RGB LED strips on the backs of the stands. Secured the strips with hot glue (that 3M adhesive sucks).


Some soldering occurred...


Fancy...




Sourced some power supplies state side...


And BEHOLD! Boards on the floor!


Shoot well! :cheers:
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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2018, 02:32:56 pm »
This is super cool.  Looks like a really fun place to hang out.

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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2018, 02:38:33 pm »
Freakin' sweet.

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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2018, 02:43:34 pm »
Nice! Looks pro.
Your hall is really coming together. Business must be good!

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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2018, 02:50:50 pm »
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***Build what you dig, bro. Build what you dig.***

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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2018, 11:42:39 am »
So I'm contemplating hanging a dartboard outside now that it's not 105 degree everyday.  Original idea had been to strip down an Arachnid softtip machine to just the dartboard and hang it, but my wife wants steel tip.  Which ---smurfs--- up everything.

So, any thoughts on a steel tip board that can reasonably survive the elements?  Seems like everyone has the same $20 board. 

It'll be underneath an overhand, so shouldn't get any direct rain but it's humid 24/7 here.  Maybe I just replace it every few months.

I also spent a lot of time at Lowe's (a lot of time) looking at ideas for backing.  Magically, every single machine they had in house to cut anything was broken, and my little fart box can't fit a 4x8 sheet of anything into it.  I looked at cork tiles but it would take a bunch of them (I'm covering 20 square feet).  Today I'm thinking about "garage foam board insulation" which is about $10 a sheet and I can cut it in the parking lot to cram it into my Toyota.  I could cover it with felt.... or just paint it black. 

Just rambling here, I guess, but this thread got me wanting a dart's setup again.

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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2018, 12:17:33 pm »
I've used 3 different boards for leagues so far. The Unicorn Eclipse HD2s DO NOT hold up well. The wire backs out of the board over time.

So far these have held up extremely well in a bar environment: Viper Razorback

I also picked up a couple of Winmau Blade 5s for the dart hall. Very impressed with those so far, but not sure how they'd fair outside. I'll see if I'm still impressed with them after a season of leagues has been played.
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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2018, 11:06:41 pm »
Made some lamps.



Painted them Rustoleum Hammered Black.



Mounted to tables.





Wired lamp.



Ran outlet/usb charger and lamp wire through table leg.





Foot is hollow...



---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- image, but spliced lamp and outlet wires at a 3 pin molex connecter. Did the same to one end of a 12' flat extension cord.





Now each table has a charging station and overhead lighting. No more fluorescent lighting!



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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2018, 11:23:32 pm »
Maybe I missed it but what are you doing here? Business? Private club? Game room?

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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2018, 11:46:56 pm »
Pretty much all of the above.
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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2018, 11:51:12 pm »
Wow youíre really surprising me how youíve made this space look so pro.
Iím loving what I see here. Excellent work brother!  :cheers:

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Re: Boards on the Floor: Steel Tip Dartboard Stands and Raised Oches
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2018, 01:56:28 pm »
Thanks man!

Here you go Jim... A couple quick and dirty shots of the "game room" portion of the dart hall. Nothing fancy. Skeeball and Strata Bowling are the big earners in this corner.



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