Custom Rod Stand...for the fisherman

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Project by Rick Dennington posted 02-08-2012 03:49 AM 7386 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings all:

This project may only appeal to the fisherman on LJs, but the woodworking might appeal to everyone. I built this rod stand a while back, and have intended to put it on my projects, but seemed like others took predidence at the time…I started building these when I was in a bass club in Memphis, TN for a few of the guys in the club. Now in Arkansas, I have built a few more for the local fisherman around the area. I build them out of hardwoods, like Oak, Maple, Walnut, Cherry, etc…..just whatever they want. No Pine, or plywood. I make them to their specifications, to hold 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 rods…The average size I’ve made is 8…
Mine is a 14 rod holder, and is Maple. It is 48” high, and 45 1/2” wide. All the wood is 3/4”, and the two uprights are 3/4×5 1/2×48. Length of the top brace (where the tips rest in the 1/2 holes) is 3/4×4 5/8×44”. I took a 5 1/2” board and drilled a 1 3/4” hole with a Forstner bit, and cut the holes in half to get the tip rest.The top and bottom braces are 3/4×2 3/4×44”. The slanted butt rest is 5 5/8×44 1/4”. You will need to determine how much angle you need as to how long the rod handles are for the reels to clear…Easy.

The distance from center-to-center holes are 3”, but you may want to make yours a little longer or shorter, depending on your rods and how many you have. I lined the holes with stick-on felt. Most are about 3” for the reels to not touch or bump aganist each other….you determine that distance.I built one one time for a guy who used the old short rubber “pistol grip” handles, so I had to cut the height of the bottom barce down for the reels to clear. At the bottom of each upright I cut a little 2 1/2” circle to make “2 little feet” will set more level and straight if you do that. I used simple butt joints, glue and screws, and plugged the holes…That’s about it as far as the build….I’ve used Tung oil, polyurathane, or whatever finish they wanted….mostly about 3 coats of poly….buffing in between coats with 0000 steel wool….That about covers it all..If you fish, you might want to build one for yourself…..Oh yea….one other thing…Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas sells these, but I build them for about 1/3—-1/2 the cost of theirs…...Thanks for looking…Any questions, just PM me….. A few pics.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 03:59 AM

This is great it holds tons of rods.


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#2 posted 02-08-2012 04:23 AM

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 04:58 AM


-- rob, ont,canada

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 08:31 AM

Great work Rick and a good way to keep those precious rods in one place and out of harms way. An old uncle of mine is a fly fisherman??????? I almost fell off my feey when he told me the price of some of them.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 11:00 AM

That is very nice! I’d like to see plans for a round one, it would save space I think.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 11:30 AM

Very good.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 12:58 PM

This one is going on my favorites because I need to make one. My rods are leaning in the corner of my garage getting absolutely no respect right now. Great Job!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 01:22 PM

I made one very similar using shop scraps for my rods. Going to have to try again now that I have seen yours.

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 02:12 PM

Rick- Very nice and useful. I’ve got to make one of these, it’s a great idea.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#10 posted 02-08-2012 04:33 PM

It’s look like we’re back in business…I’ve been down like eveyone, so I missed responding….

David: Your uncle is correct…good rod and reels are expensive, but will hold up a long time if taken care of..

dubsaloon: I have seen the round holders, but never made one…doesn’t look hard at all…and a space-saver, too..I’ll go for that….lol.

GabeC: Thanks for favoring it….get you one made, and get them rods out of the corner of the garage…your rods will thank you for it…..they need a home..!!!!!

Sawdust and Bob: Thanks again, and get them rod stands made…like I told GabeC…they need a home….

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#11 posted 02-08-2012 06:36 PM

Nice going, Rick. That’s a great project for a woodworker fisherman. Nice work.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 02-08-2012 07:11 PM

Thanks helluvewreck…..Maybe some fisherman woodworkers will be inspired to make one…You can’t just woodwork ALL the time…you have to have a little recreation evey now and then…..well…. a lot for me…:)

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#13 posted 02-08-2012 09:46 PM

Excellent work, Rick. I love it when two hobbies come together. Nice collection of rods/reels, too!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#14 posted 02-08-2012 11:47 PM

Thanks Cory: I always appreciate your comments…it is nice to have more than one…I have too many sometimes…..I try to scatter them out as best I can so to have time for them all….;-). Thanks again…

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#15 posted 02-09-2012 12:16 AM

very nice Rick. I almost wish I were a fisherman only for a reason to build this.

-- RKWoods

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