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.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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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