Building A DIY Axe Throwing Target (Two Ways)

Today we’re showing you two different ways to build an archery target using materials you probably already have lying around your house or can easily find at your local home improvement store.

Start With the Right Axe Throwing Target Plans Or Template

Oddly enough, at this time, I have never been able to find a complete blueprint design or ebook that I can share. However, I think I will remedy this in the near future and design my backyard axe throwing target plans and blueprints that I can share here. Stay on the lookout for that!

Tools Needed

Like all woodworking projects, there are tools that you will need to have:

  • Drill.
  • Level.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Axe throwing target stencil.
  • Axe throwing target markers.

How To Build A Basic Axe Throwing Target Instructions

To begin the construction of a new handmade axe throwing target, we need to start with suitable materials.

Materials Needed

  • 2 – 2″ x 4″ x 8′ boards.
  • 2 – 2″ x 6″ x 8′ boards.
  • 3 – 2″ x 10″ x 8′ boards.

Now, I could write out all the instructions in a step-by-step format, but to be honest, I think people would get more out of a video. I highly recommend watching this one that takes you through the entire process.

It goes through building the throwing board itself, making all the correct measurements and dimensions for the woodcuts, choosing the right type of wood, and the location of the clutch. He appears to be using ITAF specs for his build.

He even has a nifty trick for quickly marking out the bullseye and rings that eliminate the need to buy a stencil.

How To Build An End Grain Axe Throwing Target

If you want something more advanced, you could also try building an end grain axe throwing target. These targets are more challenging to make but are much stronger and more resistant to damage than the traditional targets.

The construction is a bit more complicated, but the process is straightforward once you get familiar with it.

We have another video that goes over all the steps you need to follow to build an end grain axe throwing target, so if you are interested, I recommend checking it out.

It is a lot more involved and time-consuming, but the end product looks incredible.

Making It Portable And Free Standing For Your Backyard

If you want a mobile target board to take with you on camping trips, picnics, etc., then you might want to build one that is free-standing and portable. This would also be great if you have a smaller yard and want a more portable option than the standard permanent board in the ground.

In this article, we looked into stands and how to build an ax-throwing target stand. I’d recommend heading over there if you want to develop a portable, free-standing solution that you can move around your yard or transport to other locations for competitions.


Building your own homemade axe-throwing target is an easy project that even a novice woodworker should be able to handle with no issues. You are probably ready to start building yours if you are a man or woman with some spare lumber around your house.

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