Fishing rod rack

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Project by PeteMoss posted 10-27-2009 04:08 PM 9469 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here is a fishing rod rack that I just finished for a friend. It is two pieces that mount to the wall. The bottom one holds the butts of the rods and has a sloped bottom piece that pushes the tip toward the wall. Then the top part just holds the tips to keep them from falling over.

I made it out of walnut and finished it with Watco Danish Oil in the medium brown color. This made it a little too cool for my taste, so I added a coat of garnet shellac which seemed to warm it up a pretty good bit. A little paste wax and that was it.

While it didn’t turn out perfect, it was ok. Plus I made some jigs and templates that will let me make more pretty easily if I ever decide to. So, all in all, another learning experience, and that can’t be bad.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 05:26 PM

Nice rack. Any idea on approximate overall size? And what size holes did you use on the bottom piece?

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 05:53 PM

Great fishing rod rack.

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#4 posted 10-27-2009 06:17 PM

Nice rack. Beautiful finish. This is a project Ive been putting off till a rainy day. I build custom rods and most of the time I have them stacked in a corner of my wrapping room. Thanks for posting!

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#5 posted 10-27-2009 06:58 PM

Great idea and thanks for sharing it.My family are all fishermen.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#6 posted 10-27-2009 07:08 PM

Very nice. Great inspiration for a project for my dad.

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#7 posted 10-27-2009 08:26 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the kind words. It’s kind of funny, but this is the second one that I have built like this. I built the first one seven or eight years ago as my first woodworking project. I had no interest in woodworking at the time but I did a lot of fishing. I wanted a rod rack and when I saw how much they cost at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s I thought “I could build one cheaper than that.” Wrong! Welll, actually the materials cost is cheaper, but by the time you buy stuff like a tablesaw, bandsaw, handplanes, etc. you begin to realize that you have a problem.

Hey Pete, it is all out of 1/2 inch stock 22 3/4 inches long. The holes are 1 1/4” which is about perfect for the handles of regular spinning rods and long handled baitcasting rods. The contoured handles of a Zebco 33 type rod will not fit, nor will my saltwater spinning rod.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#8 posted 10-28-2009 02:50 AM

“Gone Fishing”. Great rod rack and since it’s empty, you must be at the lake! LOL

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#9 posted 12-04-2009 05:23 AM

At you “Local home center” they sell these plug cutters. I bet you’d make good use of them. This way you wont see a screw when you mount it. I think I gotta make me one of those. Winter is here and my rods get a break. Winter is Quite different fishing in Maine.

Nice idea, I like the simplicity of the piece, I know it wasn’t as simple to layout. The tilted bottom is a great idea, as opposed to the rubbery things normal rack come with. Does the rod sit relativly straight? or do the cup at the top. Probrably isn’t a problem anyway, I use pretty stiff rods.

I bet your friend is a happy fisher, much better than sticking them in the corner. A+

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#10 posted 12-05-2009 06:57 PM

Hey getneds,

Thanks for the idea. I had originally thought about some sort of mounting cleat in the back that it would hang on but then just decided that I could use a brass flathead screw and even though it would show it would at least be somewhat decorative. Yep, that’s my excuse for going the easy route.

Yeah, the inclined bottom works pretty well. The rods don’t bow really (I suppose they would if you really rammed them down hard). The back edge of the holes in the bottom are actually not quite as far to the rear as the back of the curved cutouts in the top piece, so the rods actually are allowed to lean backwards slightly which helps them stay in. If someone runs into the rods or something like that then they sometimes fall out, especially if you have a spinning reel on them, as that tends to throw its center of gravity away from the wall because of their three or so inch standoff from the rod.

I will say that the way I made this one fits my freshwater rods fine, but my saltwater stand-up rod wont fit in the hole nor will the pistol type grip on something like a Zebco 33.

Thanks again for the comments

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#11 posted 06-11-2012 07:50 PM

Nice fishing rod holder!

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#12 posted 09-22-2012 01:25 AM

Looks good to me!

-- "Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Give a boy a video game and he'll play all day - teach a boy a video game and he'll play for life?' Me neither - take him fishin!" - Bill Dance

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