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post #1 of 4 Old 01-02-2017, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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1/2" Poplar

Making a barn door style dartboard backstop and a barn door style dog gate out of 1/2" Poplar I wanted 1/2" to cut down on some weight. I did not use biscuits on my old backstop and there are gaps starting in the last one I made with 3/4" #2 pine. New to all this since we lived in an apartment before. Backstop will be 42" high and 30-31" wide out of roughly 5.5-6" wide boards. will #20 biscuits work in true 1/2" thick boards? Thanks!
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Making the backstop out of 1/2" might reduce the weight but will increase the chance the joints will fail. Anyway there is a lot of different thing which might cause the joints to fail. Poplar is prone to a bit more wood movement than most woods and if you didn't allow for wood movement may have caused the joints to fail. It might be easier to use baltic birch plywood than go to 1/2" poplar.
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Steve is correct. For what you want plywood is much better.

Biscuits will work in 1/2" solid wood. I have used them. However, they do not do a lot to solve the problem you are having.

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try making a dart board back stop out of ceiling tiles. you can wrap a wood frame around them if you want to dress it up. very dart friendly, and very light.
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