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Blog entry by Pshi97 posted 01-31-2014 10:08 AM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I am building a fishing rod rack for myself, and I have a few concerns. First, I chose this project because I am an avid fisherman and am always in need of more storage for my rods. they are always in a cluster or piled in a corner. even if I attempt to organize them, they still get messed up. I am worried I will have trouble lining up the holes for the rod to fit in with the half circle up top. I believe I will be able to do it, but I am open for any suggestions. It will definitely be more difficult using machines like the router on larger pieces such as the ones I will be fabricating in this project. I am hoping all the fishing rods will sit correctly and will be easy to remove. I am not sure on what type of finish I want to use yet, but I am thinking of using a light colored stain like golden oak, or a dark color like red mahogany.


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Greg In Maryland

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 12:42 PM

What about on these approaches:

1) Make a jig to line up where you want to cut each set of holes. Something similar to a “shelf pin jig” is what I have in mind

2) Instead of cutting the holes in each piece separately, try taping the pieces together and drilling both sets at the same time.

Good luck!


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#2 posted 01-31-2014 01:02 PM

Either try to cut them out at the same time before assembly or you can use a plumb once you have everything squared, leveled and assembled.

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 01:33 PM

Or something like this, stack two squares of wood, drill a center hole (1/16th). Seperate -Draw two circules (top & Bottom). Use a compus and mark off even spaces on the smaller radius. Cut the smaller circule, Re-stack -Draw lines from the outer circule through the inter circule marks to the center hole. Be sure to mark a key point for alignment of the top to bottom, now drill 1/16 holes at each line crossing the two circules, seperate and use holesaw to cut your rod holder holes (1” top & 2 1/2” bottom). Now cut your bottom circule, hope this works for you …For wall mounting ….pick a point and cut the circules in half, to make two rod holders, BUY MORE RODS !

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 02:04 PM

On the rod racks I have built. I glue up a piece wide enough to rip out both the bottom pieces and the top piece. I lay out and drill the holes. Then rip the piece thru the center of the holes. They are lined up perfectly. I used an 1 3/4” forstner bit for the holes that seem to be about the right size for fly rod and fres water spinning and casting grips.

Here is an example after they have been ripped and installed.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 08:23 PM

Looks good perry, we got some decent ideas to work off of. don’t be afraid to keep posting!

Greg I like the idea of drilling both holes at the same time, it makes sense so that you don’t have to worry about alignment.

Bruce on your fishing racks is there enough of an angle for them all to rest on the top piece? what angle is that?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 02:32 PM

check out that freakin sweet drawer on the bottom.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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