Final Report Part 1: Walnut Dart Board Cabinet

In fulfilling the Aesthetics of Design final project, I wanted to build a cabinet for my dart board. I decided on wood as my medium, as I wanted to learn a new skill. I have little to no experience in woodworking, but have always admired the craft.

In establishing my aesthetic I wanted something simple but elegant. I decide on using walnut  paired with silver hardware. My aesthetic is most closely associated with the Art Deco movement.

In my initial design iterations, I decided on using a frame-like structure for both doors as well as the backboard. In order to save on cost, I decided to construct both the backboard and the door panels out of MDF. The door panels were made to look like walnut with the use of a layer of veneer on both sides of each panel. Contact cement was applied to both the veneer and mdf, and subsequently rolled on.


The only wood used other than walnut, MDF, and plywood is maple, which is used in the main box’s corner splines. This adds a slight flare to the otherwise dark wood cabinet.

This photo shows where the cabinet is currently at. Hinges are attached, doors and main box are finished, and splines are inserted into the corners. The only things left to do are apply stain to the cabinet, attach felt, and fix all hardware to the cabinet. Photos will be updated when finished.

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  • Rishi Assar
    May 1, 2023 12:31 pm

    It’s impressive that you were able to create such an elegant design despite having little experience in woodworking. Your choice of walnut paired with silver hardware and maple corner splines gives the cabinet a sophisticated vibe. Overall, your cabinet looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the final product with the stain, felt, and hardware attached. It was cool working on our projects together in the same space. Is there something you would’ve change significantly about the build process if you were to do it again?

  • Maddie O'Brien
    May 1, 2023 9:07 am

    This is awesome! Looks like you nailed the aesthetic! I’m looking forward to seeing the final project.


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