The Seven Dollar Portable Target System

by Bryan A. Thompson

Last Updated 10/24/2011

 

Description

This is a low-cost, lightweight, portable, collapsible target system. The seven dollar target frame is made using 1/2 sheet of plywood, so you can make two targets for $7.00! The targets break down completely flat for easy transportation and storage against a garage wall.

 

Description of the Seven Dollar Target

 

Note: You can click on any image to see a larger version of that image!

 

Supplies you'll Need

  1. One 48" x 96" x 7/16" sheet of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) - $7.20 at Lowe's (this will make two targets)
  2. A tape measure
  3. A wood saw (a hand saw or jigsaw will work)
  4. A pencil
  5. Optional: Some sandpaper

 

Making The Target

  1. Cut the sheet of plywood in half to form two rectangles which measure 24" x 96" each.
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  3. Cut each of the rectangles into a 24" x 24" piece and a 24" x 72" piece.
  4. The squares and rectangles should look like this when you're done:

     

  5. Next cut each of the 24" x 24" pieces in half to form four triangles, as shown here:
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  7. Cut a slot in the top of each of the four legs (the triangles) as shown below. The slot should be 8-1/2" deep, and 1/2" wide. If you used plywood with a thickness other than 7/16", adjust the thickness of these slots accordingly.:
  8. Warning! The bottom of each leg is the longest side of the triangle - this is the side that touches the ground!

     

  9. Cut two slots in each of the target sheets, as shown below. The slot should be 8-1/2" deep, and 1/2" wide. If you used plywood with a thickness other than 7/16", adjust the size of the slot accordingly.
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  11. You might need to do some sanding of the pieces to fit the legs to the targets.
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  13. Optional: Saw a handle into each of the target frames to make them easier to carry.

 

OK, we're done, so get the hell out of my driveway!

Crazy Uncle Burton

 

 

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