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How to Build an Axe Throwing Target at Home

Do you want to practice for the league a bit more but you don’t have time to make it to your local venue? No problem at all! We’re here to help you get some practice in at home with some instruction on building your own axe throwing target! We have some outlines for the targets you’ll find at any WATL affiliated venue, and they can be found under Section H. But those are intended more for venues to place permanent axe throwing structures.

Here below we have an outline you can use to build a less permanent target in your home or backyard.

Materials List:

2 bottom lengths – 2″x4″x72”

3 bottom spreader lengths (back/front/mid) – 2″x4″x45”

2 upright vertical lengths – 2″x4″x84”

2 diagonal support beam lengths – 2″x4″x88”

2 upright vertical length spreaders – 2″x4″x42”

2 filler lengths – approx 2″x4″x8” (use offcuts from other lengths)

1 ledge board – 2″x4″x42”

1 2″x10″x4’ front base/ledge board

5 2″x10″x4’ target backboards

5 2″x10″x4’ target front boards

3” Deck Screws (100 count)

Measuring Tape



1 Official WATL Target Stencil

Official WATL Marker – 1 of each color

Building Your Axe Throwing Target

Step 1: Screw the front and back spreaders to the ends of the bottom lengths.

Step 2: Screw a spreader approximately in the center of the bottom lengths.

Step 3: Screw one of the upright vertical length spreaders to the top of the vertical lengths. It should be flush with the front of the vertical lengths.

Step 4: Screw the other upright vertical length spreader to the vertical lengths, the TOP of the spreader should be 3 feet (36 inches) from the bottom of the vertical lengths, and it should stick out 1 1/2 inches to the front of the vertical lengths (the width of your 2x10x4’ backboard)

*You may need an assistant to help with step 5 and 6 below

Step 5: Screw the vertical lengths to the inside of the bottom lengths. The CENTER of the vertical lengths should be at 12 inches from the front of the bottom lengths. *Pro Tip: use your level to ensure that the verticals are STRAIGHT.

Step 6: Screw the diagonal support lengths first to the back of the bottom lengths (inside them), then to the inside of the vertical lengths.

Step 7: Screw the filler lengths to the front facing part of the vertical lengths. They should be flush to the top of the spreader from step 4. Some of the 2×4 filler will stick out to the sides. The purpose of these are to give something to screw the bottom ledger board into. *Pro Tip: If the extra bits sticking to the sides bothers you, rip the pieces to 1 1/2 inches wide so they are also flush with the vertical supports.

Step 8: Screw the ledger board to the front of the uprights. The TOP of the ledge board should be at exactly 36” from the ground. *Pro Tip: Use your level to ensure that it is straight across the length of it.

Step 9: Screw the target backboards into the frame horizontally across the front of the target.

Step 10: Find the center point of your target, line it up with the center of one of your front target boards, and screw the boards into the backboard. Continue screwing in the vertical target boards outwards from that center board. 

The final steps are fairly easy from here out! All you need to do is draw your target onto the boards! Make sure to follow the rules on height measurements for WATL targets you can find here in Section H of the rules page. When complete the target board should look like the below diagram.

You can also check out this video on how to use those tools below:

We hope this guide will help you get set up and ready to practice at home and with your friends. While you practice, as always check out The World Axe Throwing League on Instagram and Facebook or join our Facebook Group for awesome discussion, posts and community stories!