Fishing Rod Holder

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Project by Echofive posted 07-24-2011 03:30 PM 25919 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from some scrap oak. I used a 2” forstner bit for the handle ends and a 1” forstner for the rod tip ends. The throats were cut using a bandsaw. The handle side has one opening with a throat also cut for one of my fly fishing rods. My router is pretty big, so I used my Dremel with 1/8th inch router bit and router attachment to smooth over the edges more uniformly than sanding the edges over. It’s sanded to 180, raised the grain, then sanded to 220, and finished with a waterproofing seal coat. Since it was made from scrap and I’m not too concerned, I lighted rubbed it all down with #0000 steel wool and paste wax. I actually love the way that turned out. It might not last 6 months, but I had fun building this since I didn’t use any plans. I just fired up the saws and drills and put it together.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 04:34 PM

Looks good to me and is a LOT better than the one I made about 8 years ago that’s just 1×6 pine. I’d say you can probably add a zero to your two year estimation unless you’re just saying you’re going to build another one two years from now. Well done!

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 04:37 PM

Nice job! I do a lot of projects with no plans. That’s the fun part about woodworking. The oak should last a long time.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 04:46 PM

Thanks fellas!! It might last 20 years, I don’t know. Hopefully in 20 years I won’t be renting a shack in Massachusetts, and I’ll have my own shop!

Scott, Is that, as in VT Hokie? And NICE Bandsaw Box!! I want to try one of those, too, but my bandsaw isn’t exactly stellar quality.

Pops, I like your card box…. i have a few “box” projects coming up before winter.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#4 posted 07-24-2011 04:56 PM

Yep, Va Tech. Thanks for the kind words, I can say that I started with a Ryobi 9” bandsaw and mangled a few pieces (probably due to my inability to properly set it up) but when I switched to the Delta 14”, all (ok MOST) of those problems went away. I still have issues cutting tight radius corners with a 1/4” blade but I believe that’s my fault for not feeding the wood correctly.

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#5 posted 07-24-2011 06:12 PM

Great job there. It looks so much better then my first attemt at a pole holder. I however and still using mine until I make another as well. Maybe soon since my fishing poles are always falling out if it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#6 posted 07-25-2011 03:50 AM

Time2… I LOVE your quote

Scott… 41 Days til Enter Sandman kicks it. I can’t wait. I LIVE in Massachusetts, I was born and raised 40 miles from Bburg.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#7 posted 07-25-2011 06:10 AM

Echofive, this is crazy to see. I just made a fishing rod holder holder that looks very similar to this one, except I made the button more like a pool stock holder ( probably because I don’t know a thing about fishing rod holders). I made it for a buddies birthday but didn’t get a chance to take pictures. As soon as he get me those pictures, i’ve b een waiting to post mine

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#8 posted 07-25-2011 08:05 AM

Tinman, It sounds like the rod holder you made will be wall mounted with the rods will be stored vertically. In that case the rods will actually be displayed similar to pool sticks. My rod holder is mounted so that the rods mount horizontally, kind of hanging underneath. I thought about having a wall mount holder, but my fly rods are 8 1/2’ and 9 1/2’ long… and my ceilings aren’t that tall. I look forward to your pictures.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#9 posted 07-28-2011 01:06 AM

Very nice rod holder! It’s surprising how much you can do with scrap. Thanks for sharing.

Echofive, what do you fish for with the skinny sticks?

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 12:02 PM

Well done, I made some of these last year for a buddy here in Southern California. He was looking at them on the interent and when I saw how much they cost I was like, no way. I told him, have some scrap Oak at home let me see what I can come up with. Ours look very similar. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 07-31-2011 07:13 PM

Knothead, I fish bass and trout with most any rod and reel, but trout aren’t fun on a conventional rod.

Ken, I love your design!! It can hold rods pointing different directions. I wish I had thought of that…

-- Chip, Virginia

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