How to build a fishing rod rack

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a fishing rod rack rack. If you have fishing as you hobby, you should consider building a wooden fishing rod rack, to organize all your tools in a professional manner. There are many designs and plans to choose from, so take a look over several alternatives before starting the final assembly. Check out the rest of the related projects for more woodworking projects.

Before starting the actual construction project, we recommend you to plan everything, as to save money and to keep the costs under control. Adjust the size and the design of the fishing rod rack to suit your needs. In addition, we recommend you to invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar, as they have a nice finish and are highly durable, especially in a humid environment.

If you don’t have a rich expertise in woodworking field, you should ask a friend to give you a hand with the project. There are many things that you could go wrong, so make sure you plan everything and invest in quality materials. Select the lumber with attention, making sure the components are perfectly straight and in a very good condition. Use a carpentry square to check if the corners are right-angled.

 

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How to build a fishing rod rack

Building a fishing rod rack

Building a fishing rod rack

 

Materials

  • A – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 48″ long SIDES
  • B – 1 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 9 1/2″ long BASE
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 8 3/4″x22 1/2″ long SHELF
  • D – 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 22 1/2″ long SUPPORTS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses, Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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Building a fishing rod rack

Building the sides of the rack

Building the sides of the rack

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to sides of the fishing rod rack. As you can see in the diagram, we recommend you build the components out of 1×6 lumber, after taking accurate measurements. Mark the cut lines on the slats and make their top round, by using a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues.

 

Fitting the base

Fitting the base

 

Next, attach the 2×2 supports to the base of the side components. As you can notice in the diagram, we recommend you to round the exposed edge of the component, by using a jigsaw. Drill pilot holes through the base components and insert 2″ screws into the sides. Add glue to the joints and make sure the edges are aligned properly.

 

Fitting the bottom

Fitting the bottom

 

Continue the project by attaching the bottom component to the base of the fishing rod rack. Align the 1×6 slat at both ends and drill pilot holes, before inserting 1 1/4″ screws into the 2×2 supports. In addition, drill pilot holes at both ends of the bottom components and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the sides. Check if the corners are square, before going to the next step.

 

Attaching the bottom support

Attaching the bottom support

 

The next step of the workshop project is to attach the bottom support to the fishing rod rack. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the component and lean it 15 degrees. Afterwards, secure the support to the sides using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.

 

Fitting the back

Fitting the back

 

Build the back panel out of 3/4″ plywood, making sure you cut the top at 15 degrees. Drill pocket holes along the four edges of the panel and secure it to the frame by using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints, in order to create a rigid structure. Make sure the edges are flush one with another, otherwise the end result won’t be professional.

 

Building the supports

Building the supports

 

One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to build the supports for the fishing rod rack. Mark the cut edges over the slat, as described in the diagram. Adjust the distance between the notches, according to the size of your rods. Use a hole saw drill bit to make the round notches, otherwise the end result won’t suit your needs. Smooth the cut edges with sandpaper and remove the residues.

 

Fitting the supports

Fitting the supports

 

Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and use a spirit level to make sure they are perfectly horizontal. Afterwards, insert 1 1/4″ screws into the sides and add glue to the joints.

 

How to build a fishing rod rack

How to build a fishing rod rack

 

Last but not least, you need to take care of the final touches. Therefore, you need fill all the holes with a good filler and let the compound to dry out properly, before sanding the wooden surface with 120-grit sandpaper.

Smart Tip: Clean the residues with a dry cloth, before staining the bench with the appropriate products for your tastes and needs.

 

 

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