Homemade Rod Rack Plans


Browse rods. Boat roads. Wire-line rods. Fishing pole. Baitcasting rods. Spinning rods. Ultralight rods. If you resemble me, you own at least one rod for every possible fishing circumstance you might ever stumble upon. For several years, I stashed them in various locations in my house and garage. While this system did, for a while anyhow, prevent my other half from seeing them all in one place and determining the number of rods I actually own, she isn’t deceived anymore. “Another rod?” is how she greats me when she beats me home from work to find among those long, slim shipping tubes sitting by the garage door.

Homemade Rack Plans To Store Fishing Rods

How to store fishing rods? Once I understood that there was no hope in aiming to keep my partner in the dark, I decided to come up with an affordable way to organize and safely save my rods in one place, near my workshop, so they would be simple to access if I wish to carry out some maintenance or do some fast rigging prior to a journey– or if I simply want to sit back and admire my enormous collection of fish-catching weapons.

Fishing Pole Rack Plans

There are lots of types of ready-made fishing pole storage racks. Some shop rods vertically, or on rolling racks, which only works if your rods are much shorter than your ceiling height. Considering that I am a devoted saltwater angler, a surfcaster, and I have a few fly rods too, that doesn’t work for me. There are other racks that save rods horizontally on walls or ceilings, which is far more to my preference. The concern with most of those horizontal racks is that they only keep 6 to 10 rods, so you need to buy multiples to store the rod collection of an avid angler. Then, there’s the cost. Business rod storage solutions can be costly, depending upon what they are made from and how pretty they are. I’m uncertain about you, but I don’t think much of us are saving our rods in a place where they have to be shown on stands made of stained oak, mahogany, teak, or stainless steel. We simply need something that gets the job done efficiently.

Not Cheap, “Frugal”

In my traditional New Englander “frugalness” (I like to think about it more like “usefulness” than outright cheapness), I created my own storage rack that can be made with simple hand tools and a trip to the regional home center. In about 1 hour of your time, you’ll develop rod storage for the ceiling in your basement, shed or garage that can keep a minimum of two-dozen rods of almost any length. If you wish to store more, you can change the size or build two sets; make certain you have sufficient room to store every rod you own with a little additional area for the new rods that you make sure to obtain!

Where to Install Rod Rack?

The fundamental design can be adjusted to any area or situation in 8-inch increments. I have my racks installed in my basement ceiling, however you can put them anywhere you have area, and you can use drywall anchors if you cannot locate a solid floor joist or rafter. If you want to mount them in an outdoors place, such as under a deck, you can use pressure-treated studs and stainless-steel siding nails or screws. When you are done, you can stain them if you desire, however these are truly more for useful storage than for showcasing your collection.

What You Will Need for DIY Rod Rack?

  • Tape Measure
  • Mix Square or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill (3/32″ and 1/4″ bits).
  • Scissors
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Fine
  • toothed handsaw or power saw.
  • (2 ea) 2″ x3″ x 8′ SPF studs.
    Make certain they are straight, not bent or twisted.
  • (48 ea) 1 1/2″ size PVC pipe J-hook pipeline hangers.
    Offered in bulk packs of 10 at many home centers.
  • (14 ea) 4″ wood screws.
  • (Optional) 6 feet of 3/4″ foam weather condition removing or sticky-backed Velcro to install on the inside of the hooks. White color is preferable to match the J hooks, however black will work too. If utilizing Velcro, you will only require the loop-side (soft) considering that you are using it to cushion the rods.

Rod Rack Installation Procedure

  1. Using a tape measure, make a mark every 8 inches down the entire 2 × 3 wood stud on the 3-inch side (2 1/2″ real dimension). Use a square, or simply a ruler, to draw a line on the studs at those places. You can use a 2 × 4 stud if you like, but the 2 × 3 is lighter and much easier to install to the ceiling.
  2. Remove the included nails from the J-hooks and put them aside. Make a mark 3 1/2 inches from the top of all 48 J-hooks. (If you use a 2 × 4 stud, cut the J-hooks 2 1/2 inches from the top.) Cut the top 3 1/2 inches off all 48 J-hooks with a hacksaw or fine-toothed handsaw. If you use a power saw, ensure the blade is ranked for cutting plastic. Utilizing a blade not rated for plastic might cause dangerous kick back!
  3. Starting at the left end of the stud, find one J-hook, facing it inward with the cut end of the hook flush with the top surface area of the stud and the left side of the hook flush with the left end of the stud. With the J-hook situated, drill pilot holes with a 3/32-inch drill bit through the mounting holes into the stud. These pilot holes will keep the stud from splitting. Nail in the hook utilizing the nails that featured J-hooks.
  4. Proceed along the stud, lining up the edge of each J-hook with the lines drawn every 8 inches, and nail the hooks to the stud back to back. There’s no need to drill pilot holes for these middle hooks, as the wood will not split in the middle of the stud. When you get to the right end hook, drill two pilot holes like you did for the left end and set up the right end J-hook. You have actually finished one of the fishing rod storage racks!
  5. Now, repeat the first 4 actions to create the matching rack. When complete, you’ll have a coordinating set that looks like this.
  6. Cut the 3/4- inch Velcro (loop side just) or 3/4- inch weather condition stripping into 24 3-inch strips. Gently sand each hook with fine sandpaper in the area where the strip will be used to assist the strips stick. Install strips into the inside of all the J-hooks on among the rod racks to safeguard the blanks. The other rack will hold the rod handle, so cushioning isn’t necessary.
  7. Mount the rod rack to your ceiling by drilling 1/4- inch size holes through the rod racks in line with the joists and using at least 4-inch wood screws to secure each rack to the joists. Drill the mounting holes between the hook installing nails so you do not hit the nails. If you have pipes, wires or other objects hanging listed below the joists, you might have to use some wood obstructs to step the racks down away from the obstruction. Just make certain you have at least 1 1/2 inches of engagement into the wood with each screw. Use longer screws if you have to go through 1/2- inch drywall or plaster to get to the wood joist.
  8. I placed my rod holders about 44 inches apart. That’s close adequate to support my ultralight spinning rods and fly rods without bending the rod blanks, however it’s far sufficient to support my 11-foot surf rods properly. You can explore distances to discover the right range for your rod selection. You do not want the rod saved in a position where force on the unsupported blank causes it to flex.

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