How to build Target Stands

How to build Target Stands

How to: Home Built Target Stands

Posted on September 17, 2009 by 1withabullet

I have been looking to build some target stands for a while now. With the pre-made versions selling for as much as $60, I’d rather fabricate my own and have more money free to buy ammo. Up until yesterday, I thought that I would use the steel angle iron from an old bed frame for the project. However, that was until I stumbled on the ’scrap wood’ bargain bin at the local Home Despot. In a fortunate case of being in the right place at the right time, I happened upon four 2′x4′ sheets of half-inch double-sided paneling for the outrageous price of $0.51 each! [I think that they normally sell for about $10 each.]

With little more than the paneling, a scrap of 2″x 10″ pine in my garage, a circle saw and a hand full of deck screws I was able to fashion 5 target stands for under $10.00 (most of which was the cost of the screws).

The materials.
Using a speed square, circle saw, and a field expedient work surface, cut the paneling (can substitute plywood) into 9″ x 24″ strips and the pine board into 2 5/8″ blocks. I sanded all cuts with a ’sanding sponge’ to make the stands easier on the hands when assembled.

Strips and blocks
Pre-assemble with glue and clamp into a shallow box. The long slot in the middle should be just under 19″ wide. Pre-drill holes for screws (prevents splitting) at 1″ in and 1″ up from bottom edge and 1″ in and 1 1/2″ from top. Flip the box and do the same again. Use 2″ deck screws to secure.

Shallow boxes. Long slot allows for different widths of target.
For the feet of the stand, cut paneling into 7 1/2″ x 24″ planks. Find the center and mark perpendicular line with speed square. Mark screw positions at 2.5″, 4.5″ and 6.5″ from bottom edge. (At this point I chose to cut the upper corners of the feet at 45 degree angles for cosmetics and to save possibly scraped ankles.) Find centers of small edge of the assembled shallow boxes and mark at same distances. Pre-drill for screws. Apply glue and attach feet with deck screws.

Finished Target Stands
How do they work? Pretty darn good; with a base of 24″ square and made of solid wood they are very stable. I set up a homemade cardboard target, cut from a furniture box, stapled to 1″x 2″ furring strips. There was a little play front-to-back due to the depth of the slot (using 2″ thick boards as spacers) . To solve this I used cutting scraps of paneling as wedges. Next time I’ll try stapling the target to the 1″ side of the furring strips instead of the 2″ side.

Target Fixed and Ready
Not wanting to wait to get to the range to test the stands I loaded up my Airsoft 1911 (KJ Works GBB-614) and thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of my labor. Front sight, press, smile, repeat.

Update: They also stack for storage.

Stackable for storage

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 11:53 AM

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how to make a burm..

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5 years 13 weeks ago, 11:55 AM

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a shovel, some slaves or a backhoe. No not a hooker. 3 times as wide on the bottom as high. 8 ft high berm, approx. 20 feet wide, front to back.

5 years 13 weeks ago, 12:12 PM

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use wood or bales of hay

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You need lots and lots of dirt. Are they out of dirt around your area?

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You need lots and lots of dirt. Are they out of dirt around your area?

This is New England we don't have dirt just lots and lots of rocks. Something tells me thought that as a back stop they might not work so well. LOL

Hey dollpartz you have the property for one I have access to backhoe.

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No not yet.

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You can make a berm with the big hay bales then put dirt over top of them so you don't have to use as much dirt for your berm.

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