Rod wrapper and fishing rod racks

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Project by johnstoneb posted 01-29-2013 12:17 AM 10107 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this rod wrapper out of birch about 20 years ago to support one of my other bad habits (fishing). I found a picture in a Cabela’s catalog and adapted it from there. In the first picture the left hand end slides out to support the overhanging rod blank (and will come all the way out if it is needed on the other end. The thread carriage slides and the right hand end slides also. In order to learn how to fly fish I had to convince my wife I could build a rod cheaper than I could buy one. I showed her the $500 rods so I had plenty of room to build a good one. This has become a very bad habit. I build rods for any excuse. Nice place to be in the winter inside in a warm basement..

The rod racks I built out of pine a few years ago. My father-in-law died and left me about a dozen rods all of a sudden I had to many rod and not enough corners to stack them in. I found the plans for a wall hung rack that didn’t use any hardware to hold the rods on the internet. I modified the plans. Built the rack back to back so I had storage on both sides and adapted them to set on the floor and then put some dowels on the ends to hang reels from. I used pine for them they really worked well.

My only fear now is if I die my wife will sell my fishing equipment for what I told her they cost me.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 12:56 AM

Nice. I “minor” in Fishing. Seems like I had to pick a hobby/passion years ago because there wasn’t enough time for more than one and I’ve picked woodworking. But I still get out for some offshore fishing a few times a year. Good job on the build and nice looking rods too.

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 01:48 AM

Bruce, I love to fish and, lucky me, so does my wife. I haven’t tried fly fishing yet but it looks like a lot of fun. I am envious of your wonderful collection of custom made rods and the beautiful racks that hold them. What could be better than spending a winter day making something you enjoy for a sport you enjoy.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 03:02 AM

Nice work! I love to fly fish also and taught my wife when we got married 10-years ago—she picks the fly to use on the color of the weather, not the hatch, and usually out catches me. Oh, and on the current value of your fishing equipment I have one word—APPRECIATION? You made a great investment that increased in value after that movie, A River Runs Through It.

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

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 03:23 AM

Nice work. What you designed and built looks much better than the FlexCoat hand wrapper I’ve used to build a handful of rods. Very nice work. I like your rod holders.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#5 posted 01-29-2013 04:11 AM

I have been looking for a decent set of plans to build my own rod builder, as I to have that nasty bad habit, fishing. I have drawn up several plans but could never decide on a set that I liked.

Very nice job on the wrapper and the rod!

-- Derec

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 07:03 AM

I love it! Fishing is another one of my things my wife hates because I’m usually on the creek bank somewhere if I’m not in the basement woodworking! Looked into doing my own rods once til I saw the price of their wrappers! Way to overcome!

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#7 posted 01-29-2013 11:43 AM

Good design but why did you make the uprights so high? When you wrap, do you have any way of holding the rod in place so it doesn’t move except the way you turn it- forward or backward if needed?
Check out for some great rods and ideas.

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 01:39 PM

The picture angle throws the perspective off. The uprights are 9” from table top to bottom of the vee. When I first built it I had no way of keeping the rod stationary. I added 2 screws near the vee on the stationary upright and I run a rubber band over the blank and the tension on the band holds the blank when I let go of it. If you look close at picture 3 you can see one of the screws.
I started out with a cardboard box and telephone books for a wrapper and thread tensioner. When I figured out I liked doing it. It was time to get serious without spending a lot of bucks. I have an old rotisserie motor for a rod dryer.

I follow both and

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 01-29-2013 10:14 PM

Nice job. Another one with an addiction.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-29-2013 10:21 PM

Well done
I always wanted to turn and make my own fishing rods.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 01-30-2013 03:02 PM

johnstoneb, looking good! I like the way it extends.
Arlin, it’s easier than you think. I know of one rodbuilder that sits in a recliner while watching the ball game. He puts the wrapping thread in a coffee cup on the floor, runs it under his leg for tension, and rests the blank on the arms of the recliner.
For those who would like to build their own rods, check out

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#12 posted 01-30-2013 03:09 PM

Nice work!

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#13 posted 06-21-2013 12:52 AM

Nice. looks good.

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#14 posted 09-02-2013 02:59 AM

They look very nice good job

-- lee

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#15 posted 10-05-2013 03:14 AM

Great job. As a rednek that fly fishes nearly everyday, I absolutely love the rod rack and wrapper.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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