15 Dollar Target Stand

Posted: July 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’m back and I brought with me another quick DIY project. I got this idea from my instructor class, one of the other students made these target stands for the shooting portion. I will be needing some extra stands in the future so I took some time to throw these together.

I picked up all the materials to make two complete stands at the local hardware store and walked out spending $30.45 total.

The materials needed to complete one stand are…

  • 10′ PVC pipe 1.5″ diameter
  • 4 – 90° elbow 1.5″
  • 2 – Tee fitting 1.5″

Tools required…

  •  Tape measure
  • Hacksaw or skill saw
  • Marker or pen
  • Glue (optional)

We first will start by taking the 10′ PVC pipe and cutting it into sections. You will need:

4 – 12″
2 – 16″
2 – 20″

If you cut right you should use the entire 10′ section with none left over. These lengths can be adjusted to your preferences. I am weird and don’t like to waste much of anything or have extra materials.


Here is the lay out you will have after you make all your cuts and lay out the elbows and tees.

Next we will take our 4 90° elbows and stick two to each end of the 16″ sections, and place them at the top and bottom similar to the picture above. Connect a 12″ piece to the other end of each elbows with one of the straight ends of the “T” pieces. Now finish it off by completing the rectangle with the open end of the “T” pieces pointing up. Finish off the stand by placing the remaining 20″ pieces of pipe into the open upward facing hole on the “T”‘s.



If you want to glue it together that is optional. I chose to only glue certain parts so the stands can be broken down and stored for travel.


Finished, now all you need are 1″ furring strips, roughly 6′ tall to place inside the vertical holders to staple your targets to. This width will work with your standard IDPA target roughly 18″ to 18.5″ wide.


I hope you enjoyed this little DIY. It is a cheap alternative to some of the expensive metal stands out there and will be easier to break down and transport for you. Let me know how it works for you or send me a picture of you using your stand and I will be sure to share it on the Facebook page.

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