Fishing Rod Rack - Compact and Freestanding - made with CNC Router

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Here's a quick project-  A freestanding fishing rod rack.   It holds a large number of rods in a small space and can easily be moved around.

I built this on a CNC router, but this could also be made with a table saw and a drill with a holesaw attachment.

I made it at Techshop:
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Step 1: Materials and Equipment


- 1/2 inch plywood ( I  got two racks out of a little more than a quarter sheet)
-  wood glue
- varnish or paint (optional)


-CNC Router 
- router bits (1/4 downcut, 1/4 upcut, and 3/4 flat - for holes)
- orbital or vibrating sander
- bar clamps

Step 2: Design

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The purpose of this rack is to hold a large number of rods in a small area.  While the rack has to be capable of holding rods with reels, it is optimized to hold rods with the reels removed.  Many fisherman prefer to store reels separately.
The rack had to be able to hold the rods in place when tilted at an angle, so the the rack could be easily moved.  One piece rods of seven feet or longer are common,  so  a loaded rack cannot be lifted and carried vertically  in rooms with a standard 8 foot ceiling.

The image  shows the parts to build two racks.  Each column is one rack.  The  left set is for offshore rods with larger grips (1.7 inch holes).  The right set will  accommodate inshore and freshwater rods (1.5 inch holes).

From top to bottom:

side-1, side-2 , base. middle, top

Assembled dimensions: 12" H x 12.5" W  x 7.5" D

 Note the the mortices and slots should be adjusted to the exact width or you plywood. 

Now this is handy nice job by the way

I made something similar for my pipe & bar clamps, but I have PVC pipe in the holes. It's on casters so I can hide it in a corner & take it out when I need to do a glue up.

oldaugie1 year ago
also good for garden tools, lawn tools and cleaning items..
dogtooth (author)  oldaugie1 year ago

good idea for lighter items. Garden tools might make it too tippy. I also have a larger tool/ broom holder for the garage/shop:


My dad needs one of these :P