Fishing Rod Rack

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 11-25-2012 11:51 PM 16113 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This turned out to be more of a project than I had planned…LOL. I first started with the thought of a simple fishing rod rack, but it soon turned into a bit more. I decided to add a shelf on the bottom surrounded by a face frame for reel boxs and other accessories. Since the rack is about 7 inches deep, I decided to put a bar across the back of the rod tip holder board so this board could be used as a shelf also. I drilled some holes in the sides to give it a retro look and reduce the weight a little.

The rack is made from 5/8” white oak. White oak is one of my favorite woods to work with. The rack measures 40” wide, 54” high, and 7” deep. It’s stained with Minwax Early American oil stain and then sealed with a couple of coats of waterbased sealer. It holds nine rods.

The rack is held on the wall with a 2 1/2” X 3/4” French cleat.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 12:04 AM

Nice job. Looks great. I only wish I still had my rods. I lost them in a divorce, or I should say, I never went back for them. If you built one for mine, it would need to be much bigger as I had some ocean gear for the big catfish around here.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 12:13 AM

Nice fishing rod rack!

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Belle City Woodworking

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 12:16 AM

Now THAT’S What I’m talking about!!! What a nice idea and great execution!


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 12:20 AM

Good idea. Beautiful construction. Yea sometimes we go way beyond what we started to do. The main thing is the end result, which is beautiful.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 01:19 AM

How nice !!! must add to my to do list.
Thank you for sharing…

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#6 posted 11-26-2012 01:25 AM

I have been wanting to make one of these for a long time.

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 02:46 AM

Nice rod rack. I built 2 racks similar to that out of pine They sit on the floor and hold a total of 38 rods. I need to build some new ones out of hardwood and add some capacity.
I like the shelf on the bottom. I put pairs of dowels down the sides to hang reels from.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 02:48 AM

Very nicely done. Reminds me of one I made 30 years ago, only a whole lot nicer. The kids busted or lost all my spinning rod and my fly roods are in tubes stacked in a corner. Need to add this back on my list. Thanks for the post and nudge.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 08:39 AM

what are you fishing for ........ a comment …. you got it :-)

looking good … something I could use … having mine in a cornerstack is calling for disastre

thanks for sharing

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#10 posted 11-26-2012 01:45 PM

Very nice work!!! Wayne. Very nice!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 11-26-2012 02:30 PM

Thats what I’m talking about! Fishing and woodworking! Does life get better?

-- Ben - Dallas, GA

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#12 posted 11-26-2012 03:04 PM

Hey Wayne: Stellar job on the rod rack…..I was wondering when you’d get around to building it….lol….I know you talked about it after seeing mine a while back….Looks gtreat, bud..I like white oak….Don’t work with it a lot, but beautiful wood…..I like your design, too….Very functional…..Only one thing I can see wrong:
You need about 5 more rods to go in it… I owe you a email…Again, congrats on the rack….Put it to good use…...

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

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#13 posted 11-26-2012 04:14 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments folks. And Rick…I was worried about the number of rods it holds the whole time I was building it…LOL…I kept thinking Rick is going to zing me on this since it doesnt hold a 100 rods. ha ha ha.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#14 posted 11-26-2012 05:31 PM

Wayne, I’m not “zinging” you cause it doesn’t hold a 100 rods…..I’m zinging you cause it ain’t full….loll

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

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#15 posted 11-26-2012 08:34 PM

Ok Rick…what a bud you are ! ha ha ha.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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