Building a knife throwing target

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If you’re interested in learning how to throw knives, one of the first things you’ll need is a good target. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to build a simple knife-throwing target that will help you practice your skills. Read on to find out more!

How do you make a knife-throwing target at home?

Making a knife-throwing target at home is a great way to practice and perfect your knife-throwing skills! Start by drawing a circle on a large piece of plywood with a diameter between 12 and 16 inches. Then, use masking tape or painter’s tape to draw concentric circles in the center of the main circle every two inches until you have four divisions in total. You will now have an outer ring and four inner bullseye targets with varying points.

To ensure the safety of friends and family when practicing in your backyard, reinforce your target backing by nailing thick strips of scrap wood on either side or by installing it onto a wooden fence or wall. You’ve got yourself an awesome DIY knife-throwing target – time to get practicing!

What materials are needed to build a knife-throwing target?

Building your knife-throwing target is an easy and affordable way to add a fun activity to any backyard. All you need is some basic materials and a bit of know-how. To get started, all you’ll need are some 2×4 for the frame of the target, a sheet of plywood that will provide the surface for the knives, and a few screws to hold the frame together.

You can also use foam padding around the edges of the plywood to guard against splintering caused by missed throws. Finally, if desired, you can finish off the back side of your target with some kind of weatherproof wrapping paper or plastic so that it looks nice when hung up or stored outside. With such simple supplies and tools, you’ll have your knife-throwing setup in no time!

What are the dimensions of a knife-throwing target?

Knife throwing is becoming a popular recreational activity, and with it comes the need for the proper equipment. A knife-throwing target needs to be the right size to be effective in honing your shooting skills. The dimensions for most standard knife-throwing targets are 24″ x 24″, with a bullseye that measures 6″ across.

This is the perfect size for practicing distance and accuracy while playing around with friends or alone. With this size, you can easily practice your aim even in smaller yards or limited space indoors – keeping your skills sharp no matter where you choose to throw!

How much does it cost to build a knife-throwing target?

Building a knife-throwing target can be an interesting and cheap project. Depending on your skill level, budget, and the materials you choose, the build could take anywhere from an afternoon to several days. The cost can be surprisingly affordable; with a few sheets of plywood, some screws, some primitive tools, and maybe even found materials, the cost could easily come in at under $50.

Even if you decide to buy a fancy target made of metal or PVC pipes instead, it’s still likely not going to break the bank too hard. At the very least, investing in a sturdy homemade target for practicing your sharp-edged skills is sure to be much more cost-effective than constantly replacing knives for damage caused by hitting stolen street signs or other objects.

Can you use a regular wooden board as a knife-throwing target?

Throwing knives at wooden boards might seem like a good idea, but the  wood won’t hold up very well – even if you go for a thicker board. If you want to try your hand at knife throwing, it’s best to invest in a proper target such as those made from thick gauge steel or other metal compounds. Even when using appropriate targets, throwing knives can be dangerous and requires expert skills so it is important to take all necessary safety precautions.

If you’re interested in this hobby, make sure to join clubs or organizations where experienced professionals can teach you the tricks of the trade. That way, you can make sure that everyone involved remains safe and sound.

What are some safety tips for building a knife-throwing target?

Knife throwing can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to pay attention to safety when constructing the target. Make sure you build the target away from any houses, roads,s or even other targets to avoid the potential for injury or property damage. When selecting a material for your target, choose something that won’t splinter like cardboard or foam board – this will help to prevent accidents in case the thrown knives hit wrong.

Be sure to wear protective eyewear and clothes when practicing so as not to injure yourself with ricocheting knives or pieces of wood or cardboard. Finally, set up a backstop of some kind behind your knife-throwing target in case someone throws with too much force and misses their mark. That way there is a reduced risk of an errant knife causing a problem elsewhere!


Ultimately, building your knife-throwing target is a great way to save money and practice your throwing skills. Once you’ve finished the target, invite some friends over to make an afternoon of it! You can set up some fun games and competitions to see who can get the highest score, or just take turns throwing for fun. As for myself, I’m still practicing with my homemade target and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It may not have cost much, but it’s worth its weight in gold! And don’t forget: no matter how good one is at knife throwing, safety always comes first so don’t let anyone miss out on those important safety lessons.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

With a large collection of knives and too much free time, I decided that I would open my blog and tell you all about my greatest love in life (besides my wife)

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

With a large collection of knives and too much free time, I decided that I would open my blog and tell you all about my greatest love in life (besides my wife)

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