How to Build a Wooden Target Stand

by Jeremiah Blanchard
Sighting in the target

Sighting in the target

To properly sight in your weapon on a range, you should have an adequate target. Having a fixed target is good to start out with, but having a target that you can move to multiple positions and distances on your range provides for a wider range of target acquisition positions. Movable targets provide you with multiple angles, and distances, to practice your marksman skills. To build a movable target stand, you'll only need to purchase a few basic supplies, and you may even have a bit of scrap wood around your home just for this project. Building your own target from wood can be completed in about an hour.

Cut an 8-foot landscaping timber in half, then cut another landscaping timber to a length of 3 feet.

Place the two 4-foot pieces parallel to each other, and place the 3-foot piece across the middle of the two 4-foot pieces. Screw the 3-foot piece into the two 4-foot pieces. Use two screws for both sides. This will serve as the base for your target.

Cut two 2-inch-by-2-inch pieces to a length of 6 feet each. Screw the 2-by-2s into the cross beam on the base so that they're standing upright. Place the 2-by-2s at the corners where the cross beam meets the base on either side. Fasten one screw through the 2-by-2 into the cross beam, then another through the 2-by-2 into the base.

Cut a piece of plywood 3 feet by 3 feet to fit the uprights.

Screw the plywood into the uprights, using four screws on both sides. Hang or pin your paper target onto the plywood.

Items you will need

  • 2 landscaping timbers, 8 feet long
  • 12-foot-long board, 2 inches by 2 inches
  • Sheet of plywood
  • Wood screws
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver or screw gun
  • Tape measure


  • Ensure that you have an adequate amount of range space available when placing your target.
  • Always place the target stand in a safe direction when target shooting.

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