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Building an Axe Throwing Target for Beginners

Axe throwing has quickly become one of the biggest hobbies around. In years past, the sport was commonly found at lumberjack competitions or themed festivals. Recently, leagues have been popping all across the U.S. Although, with targets usually only found at special facilities, practicing your throws can be challenging. We’re here to make it easy to hone your skills in the comfort of your own backyard. Our how-to guide will give you a basic overview of how to build your own axe throwing target. For a more in-depth look at making a target, head to our YouTube channel.


2- 8 foot 2×4-inch boards

2-8 foot 2×6-inch boards

3-8 foot 2×10-inch boards

1×1-inch stick

3-inch screws

Axe Throwing Target Build Directions

This axe throwing target is a relatively simple build for those that have enough knowledge around the workshop, but may not be experts. When selecting boards be sure to look for boards with minimal knots on them, which can cause the axe to bounce off the target. Try to avoid darker or heavier pieces of wood since they’re usually dense and will be tougher to stick the axe to. Any soft wood will work, such as pine or spruce.

2×10-Inch Boards

A 2x10-inch board is measured before being cut in half.

Cut each of the 2×10-inch boards in half, so you’re left with six 4-foot pieces. If you can’t find completely straight boards that’s okay. They don’t need to be perfect.

Place five of the 2×10-inch pieces together side-by-side and measure across the sections. Cut your leftover 2×10-inch half down to the width of the five other boards.

Lay the last cut 2×10 horizontally flush across the top of the five sections.

2×6-Inch Boards

The 2x6-inch boards are laid in position on the project.

Measure the length of your project so far. The 5-board section is roughly 47.5 inches long, with the addition of the last 2×10 you should be somewhere around 58 inches.

Cut the 2×6-inch boards to the measured length of the project.

Set the horizontal 2×10 to the side. Place the cut 2×6-inch boards parallel to the edge of the 5 sections. Ensure the top of the 2×6 and 2×10 boards are flush with each other. 

Screw the 2x6s to the 2x10s using 3-inch screws and a cordless drill.

2×4-Inch Boards

The cut 2x4-inch boards are screwed into the 2x10s.
  • Measure the gap between the two parallel 2×6-inch boards.
  • Cut the 2x4s into three sections to the measured length of the gap.
  • Secure the 2x4s to the 2×10-inch boards using 3-inch screws.
  • Flip the entire project over and attach the last 2×10 section to the 2x6s.

Draw The Targets

The circular targets are drawn out using a permanent marker.

Measure the width and length of the entire project to find the center and mark it with a screw.

Drill a pilot hole at the end of the 1×1 stick and screw the stick to the project center, ensuring the stick is still loose enough to rotate 360 degrees.

Mark the stick at 7-inches, 17-inches, and 27-inches and drill pilot holes big enough to fit the permanent marker through.

Insert the marker in the 7-inch hole and rotate the stick around the center until you have a perfect circle. Repeat that process in the other holes until you have three progressively bigger circles.

The last two circles measure 39-inches from the base, which is opposite the horizontal 2×10) and 4.5-inches from the edge. Use a paper drinking cup to make a 3-inch circle on each side. (These last two circles don’t need to be perfect.)

You’re finished, and it’s time to start throwing some axes. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for a more in-depth look at how to build this beginner’s axe throwing target.

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