I built this last night, took me about 15 minutes. I have lots of lumber from all the projects I was doing and still doing at home. Underneath the base, the 2x4's are attached with metal brackets as well as screwed into each other, same goes for the middle post. The target hangs 4 inches away from the post. The rope is just to see how it would hang, I plan on using chain or cable until I can buy/make a steel stand that folds away or collapses down for easy transport.