If you’re a serious fisherman or woman, you most likely have several hundred or even thousands of dollars invested in quality rods and reels. Protecting your investments, while also keeping your gear ready to go when the water calls, can be a challenge. In this blog article, I’ll share with you how to make a sturdy fishing rod rack that you can set up in between the wall studs in your basement, garage, or other storage areas, to keep your fishing gear both well protected and easily accessible. Lets’ get started.
The first step is to take a measurement of the distance between the wall studs where you want to build your rack area. Measure the floor where the base of your rack will go, as well as further up the wall where you’d like the top part of the rack will be. These may differ slightly, so be aware of that.
Next, grab a couple of pieces of scrap wood and cut them to the proper length to match your wall measurements. I recommend spacing your rods out at about 3 to 4 inches to allow room for your fishing reels. So simply mark out the distance on both the top and bottom sections of your rack.
For the base of the rack, I drilled ½ inch deep holes for the rod butts to rest in with a 1 1/8 inch spade bit, and for the top part of the rack, I drilled completely through with an 11/16 bit.
After you have your holes drilled, you’ll need to cut slots in the top part of the rack for your rods to go in it. To do so, I first drew out a slot at 45 degrees and then simply cut it out carefully with a jigsaw.
Here’s a look at the bottom and top sections of the rack ready to go.
The base of the rack will be screwed right into the wood on the floor, but in order to mount the top section in-between the wall studs securely, I dilled a couple of holes on each side with my pocket hole jig.
Next, I mounted my rack to the wall and loaded it up with rods. As you can see below, I also set up an area for my rod cases buy simply running a piece of elastic across the studs.
As a final measure of security, to keep the rods firmly in the rack so they don’t get knocked out for one reason or another, I put a thumbtack at each end of the top rack sections and ran a rubber band across it, which works great.
So there you have it, that how you can build a handy fishing rod rack fast and easy with just some scrap wood you may have laying around the house. Check out the video below to see more…