Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Darts Sighting Aid

It's been a while since I have posted.  I've been making lots of stuff but unfortunately much of it is being patented so I can't give any details yet.  Finally got some time to work on my stuff.  Well last father's day my lovely wife got me a professional Winmau dart board.  I've been slightly obsessed, playing any chance I get.  Desperate to improve my game, I came across this sighting aid.  It helps you ensure that your eyes are perfectly aligned with the center of the board.  It looked like something that was easy enough to make.  A little searching on the web yielded these plans.  I grabbed some scrap wood and started cutting.

The 3 pieces: 500 x 250 x 12 mm, 500 x 100 x 12 mm and 500 x 30 x 30 mm

glued and clamped the pieces together

spray painted white line down the center

Next I sanded the edges and masked a 6 mm line down the center of the boards with painters tape.  Then I spray painted everything flat black.  When I removed the tape, I was left with a nice straight white line down the center.  I used a plumb bob to find the center of the dart board on the floor and made a mark.  Then I centered the line of the sighting aid on the mark.

When you are standing to one side of the board or the other, the line appears broken.  When you are perfectly aligned with the bullseye, the line will look like one long line.  Centering yourself with the board should improve consistency.

off-center view

centered view

Well the sighting aid works.  Let's hope it helps my game.

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