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How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:06 PM ( #1 )
Here are step by step instructions for how I made my own knife throwing target. Total cost is about $30 in materials from Home Depot. The project takes about 4 hours.

Materials needed:
2"x4"x12' pine (2)
2"x6"x10' pine (1)
hinge (1) 
box of 3" drywall screws
spray paint
tape

Tools needed: 
saw (miter is best)
drill
1/8" wood bit
phillips driver bit
tape measure
T square (optional)
pens (2)
paper bag
string (18")
scissors/razor blade

Begin by cutting the wood with the miter saw.


Cut the 2x6 into four 2'6" pieces. Cut one 2x4 into two 6' pieces. Cut the other 2x4 into one 6' piece and two 3' pieces.


Line up three of the 2'6" 2x6's (the fourth is a spare for when the center of your target wears out). Align the 3' 2x4's at either end of the 2x6's. Mark the 2x4's at 1'6", and mark the center of the middle 2x6; line up the marks.


On the 3' 2x4's, mark the points where the screws will go. These marks should be centered on the 2x4's at 11", 14", 16.5", 19.5", 22", and 25".


You can match up the 2x4's and draw the marks on the second 2x4 using the square.


After marking the 2x4's, drill a 1/8" hole at each mark; going all the way through the first 2x4 and only most of the way through the second 2x4. Keep the wood pressed tightly together (possibly by kneeling on it) and drive a 3" drywall screw through each hole to fasten the wood together.


Line up the 6' 2x4's on either side - these will be the front legs. Mark points for the screws to go about 1" in from either side, or about 1.25" in from either corner (measuring diagonally).


Drill the holes and drive the screws into the legs as done previously.


Place the hinge at the top center of the target with the flat side facing the ground. Mark the holes of the hinge on the wood, then drill the holes and drive the screws as before. Line up the third 6' 2x6 under the other side of the hinge so that it is straight (parallel with the other legs). Mark the holes of the hinge, then drill the holes and drive the screws.


When the third leg is folded, it should be on the same plane as the other two legs.


Use two pens, para cord (string) and a ruler to draw the stencil for the target face on a flattened paper bag. Tie the string in a 6" loop (when taut) to make the 12" outer circle.


Place one pen at the center of the paper, pull the loop taut with the other pen, and make a complete circle.


Re-tie the string into loops measuring 2" and 4" to make the inner rings. Draw half-inch "connectors" between the outer two circles so that the inner ring stays in place.


Remove the outer ring and center/bulls-eye with scissors. You can use duct/rigger's tape to reinforce the edges.


Center the stencil on your target. Fasten it in place with tape at the top and bottom.


Apply the spraypaint in several quick light coats to prevent drips. Spray directly through the stencil - do not angle the spraypaint, otherwise the edges of the stenciled image will become uneven and fuzzy.


Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry.


You now have a target suitable for throwing knives, shuriken, and tomahawks. Anytime a board of the target face wears out and needs to be replaced, simply remove it, cut another 2'6" section from a 2x6, attach the new piece, and spraypaint that section of the stencil in place. This target folds and stores flat against any wall.


I hope this was helpful! If you make one - let me know how it goes for you!

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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:16 PM ( #2 )
Nice one MM60,looks good and it looks like it would work well.Its just in Australia would you believe that we cant import throwing knives,stars or throwing hawks,our customs suck.


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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:30 PM ( #3 )
Very nice mate. I just got 3 GI Tanto's which I am looking forward to throwing around the place.

Seen a few things on the GI tanto, and from all accounts it seems like a great throwing knife, and one that isnt restricted here, as its not 'classed' as a thrower, just a fixed blade tanto. Win!
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:46 PM ( #4 )
Good call Fah,looks like I'm going to have to buy a couple of the GI tanto's (great my missus is going to kill me,or atleast disconnect my internet), it's just that they are soo damn ugly,I suppose that the looks will grow on me,especially in light of Australia's restrictions.


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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Sunday, June 26, 2011 6:47 AM ( #5 )
Hey what's up my names Joe, I'm new to the Cold Steel Forums.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to make myself a knife throwing target.  I did a google search and a link to this page came up.  It all looked solid to me so I bought everything I needed, actually just built it yesterday; Sat. 6/26/2011.  Shit came out really good!  Thanks alot for knowledge. 
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Sunday, June 26, 2011 6:56 AM ( #6 )
MM60, Look's like a mighty fine target there guy, Glad I clicked on you'r post it just reminded me I need to go to the Hardware store today LOL getting to were I CRS if I dont write it down LOL. very nice target IMHO.
 
BTW welcome to the forum, Joe
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:25 AM ( #7 )
Nice - thanks!!
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Monday, June 27, 2011 7:25 PM ( #8 )
Thanks guys! I have actually worn a hole straight through the center board in my target, so I'll have to get to work on repairing it soon.

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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Monday, June 27, 2011 10:44 PM ( #9 )
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MM60


Thanks guys! I have actually worn a hole straight through the center board in my target, so I'll have to get to work on repairing it soon.


I use 4"x6" and rotate the boards and I still chew through those pretty fast.  I need a target that heals itself!


Hay bales have been working well for me, as a back stop with either cardboard or styrofoam as the primary target. You don't get that annoying "clang" of the knife laughing at you when it don't stick either.
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:52 AM ( #10 )
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If only I could talk them into that at the challenge!  I would think the knife might disappear into that bale sometimes.  have you ever had to dig one out or cut the wire and had the bail flake apart?

I admit I wouldn't miss the Clang of a miss much (I know the neighbors wouldn't either) or playing Dodge the bouncing blade when I really throw a bone at it.  But I would also miss the satisfying 6 thunks in a row from 6 distances.  At 8am weekdays or weekends those 6 thunks are better than a strong pot of coffee to start the day right.  Its almost as good as the neighbors cursing the 6 clangs in a row when my day doesn't start of so well.




Oh, I see.  You're THAT kind of neighbor, huh?  Glad I don't live next to ya! 
 
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:11 AM ( #11 )
Yea that is a cool target and a damn fine explanation on how to make it,very helpful
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:23 AM ( #12 )
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If only I could talk them into that at the challenge!  I would think the knife might disappear into that bale sometimes.  have you ever had to dig one out or cut the wire and had the bail flake apart?

I admit I wouldn't miss the Clang of a miss much (I know the neighbors wouldn't either) or playing Dodge the bouncing blade when I really throw a bone at it.  But I would also miss the satisfying 6 thunks in a row from 6 distances.  At 8am weekdays or weekends those 6 thunks are better than a strong pot of coffee to start the day right.  Its almost as good as the neighbors cursing the 6 clangs in a row when my day doesn't start of so well.





Only had to dig one out once, and no I haven't cut the twine they use to bale them now. I haven't seen baling wire on hay in a long time, so that isn't an issue or worry for blade damage.
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 12:50 PM ( #13 )
I am going to make this target but I have a question. Do you think I could add a couple 2x6s to the actual target space to make it bigger? I am a beginner you see.
thanks
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Here are step by step instructions for how I made my own knife throwing target. Total cost is about $30 in materials from Home Depot. The project takes about 4 hours.

Materials needed:
2"x4"x12' pine (2)
2"x6"x10' pine (1)
hinge (1) 
box of 3" drywall screws
spray paint
tape

Tools needed: 
saw (miter is best)
drill
1/8" wood bit
phillips driver bit
tape measure
T square (optional)
pens (2)
paper bag
string (18")
scissors/razor blade

Begin by cutting the wood with the miter saw.


Cut the 2x6 into four 2'6" pieces. Cut one 2x4 into two 6' pieces. Cut the other 2x4 into one 6' piece and two 3' pieces.


Line up three of the 2'6" 2x6's (the fourth is a spare for when the center of your target wears out). Align the 3' 2x4's at either end of the 2x6's. Mark the 2x4's at 1'6", and mark the center of the middle 2x6; line up the marks.


On the 3' 2x4's, mark the points where the screws will go. These marks should be centered on the 2x4's at 11", 14", 16.5", 19.5", 22", and 25".


You can match up the 2x4's and draw the marks on the second 2x4 using the square.


After marking the 2x4's, drill a 1/8" hole at each mark; going all the way through the first 2x4 and only most of the way through the second 2x4. Keep the wood pressed tightly together (possibly by kneeling on it) and drive a 3" drywall screw through each hole to fasten the wood together.


Line up the 6' 2x4's on either side - these will be the front legs. Mark points for the screws to go about 1" in from either side, or about 1.25" in from either corner (measuring diagonally).


Drill the holes and drive the screws into the legs as done previously.


Place the hinge at the top center of the target with the flat side facing the ground. Mark the holes of the hinge on the wood, then drill the holes and drive the screws as before. Line up the third 6' 2x6 under the other side of the hinge so that it is straight (parallel with the other legs). Mark the holes of the hinge, then drill the holes and drive the screws.


When the third leg is folded, it should be on the same plane as the other two legs.


Use two pens, para cord (string) and a ruler to draw the stencil for the target face on a flattened paper bag. Tie the string in a 6" loop (when taut) to make the 12" outer circle.


Place one pen at the center of the paper, pull the loop taut with the other pen, and make a complete circle.


Re-tie the string into loops measuring 2" and 4" to make the inner rings. Draw half-inch "connectors" between the outer two circles so that the inner ring stays in place.


Remove the outer ring and center/bulls-eye with scissors. You can use duct/rigger's tape to reinforce the edges.


Center the stencil on your target. Fasten it in place with tape at the top and bottom.


Apply the spraypaint in several quick light coats to prevent drips. Spray directly through the stencil - do not angle the spraypaint, otherwise the edges of the stenciled image will become uneven and fuzzy.


Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry.


You now have a target suitable for throwing knives, shuriken, and tomahawks. Anytime a board of the target face wears out and needs to be replaced, simply remove it, cut another 2'6" section from a 2x6, attach the new piece, and spraypaint that section of the stencil in place. This target folds and stores flat against any wall.


I hope this was helpful! If you make one - let me know how it goes for you!


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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 2:57 PM ( #14 )
Thank you Scott.  Very helpful.
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Thursday, July 07, 2011 5:05 AM ( #15 )
Well I had a 6 by four throwing board that I was getting ready to use on stage until I realised that I couldn't fit it into the back of my ford ranger.




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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Monday, July 18, 2011 3:08 PM ( #16 )
Now that's the best one yet.  Very well thought out.  I will be doing it that way too.  Thanks for the inspiration.
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Monday, July 18, 2011 9:29 PM ( #17 )
Nice post! Looks like a very sturdy target!
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Re:How to Make a Knife-Throwing Target - Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:03 PM ( #18 )
Hello, I borrowed this wonderful design from MM60 (thank you) and tweaked it a little (see photos). I added another hinged support and used 4 - 2X8s all across the front. I also made a target stand for archery and blow darts, and anything else, like pellet guns. The target stand is able to accommodate a full bale of hay on either uppor or lower levels. I also made a utility table. Please have a look. I throw Hawks and knives and have a Jennings compound bow. I made a "chicken" stencil for targets on the Hawk throwing target. Photos are of me and my wife. I've already dinged up the Hawk throwing stand. I'm a bit of a newbie, but getting into it. Hope you enjoy our backyard playground. Comments and recommedations welcome. As I said, I'm a bit of a newbie and open to further suggestions and advice.
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