Introduction: PVC Fishing Organizer
This project probably doesn't need a lot of explanation to most Instructables users, but I thought I would write it up to see if it helps anyone else get the creative juices flowing.
1-1/4" PVC Pipe cut to various lengths. 2" long pieces between each joint and 6" pieces to support normal poles. I had a few feet of this laying around from another project
1-1/4" PVC Tee's. You need 1 or 2 less than the total number of poles you need to organize. These are about $0.79 at my local hardware store.
1-1/4" PVC 90° Elbow. You need 1 or 2 for the ends of the organizer. These are about $0.69 at my local hardware store.
Coat hook - This was salvaged from a previous project, but can be bought for a dollar or so
1-1/4" pipe clamp - I used this to keep the organizer from twisting off the wall
A couple of 2"-3" screws to mount it to the wall. Could have also used some 1-1/2" pipe clamps but I didn't have any laying around.
Saw to cut PVC, Drill with a 3/16" and 3/8" drill bits and a long Phillips head screw bit, stud finder, pencil.
My 6 pole organizer was less than $5 for 5 x $0.79 Tees and a $0.68 Elbow. Add a couple dollars if you need to buy a stick of PVC, hook, or pipe clamp.
Step 1: Cut PVC and Dry Fit
Cut 2" pieces of the 1-1/4" PVC pipe equal to the number of poles minus 1.
I used my miter saw cut the small pieces off a long piece of PVC pipe.
Dry fit the organizer together. Start with a 90° Elbow and then a 2" piece, then an Tee, then a 2" piece, ect...
You can end your organizer with either an Elbow or a Tee. I ended mine with a Tee because I was pushing it into an inside corner and wanted the Tee fitting pushed flush into the corner for easier mounting.
Insert your fishing poles into the couplings and determine how long of a support insert you need. A normal fishing pole will take about a 6" piece. Without these inserts most poles will flop around and not sit close to the wall like I desired.
Step 2: Mount Organizer to the Wall
You could glue your organizer together, but I found it unnecessary and wanted the flexibility of modifying it later. If you want to glue it together, do it now, otherwise it is time to mount it to the wall.
Find the studs in you wall and determine what height you want the organizer mounted. Mark the stud locations on the wall with a pencil. Hold the organizer up to the wall and determine exactly where you want it mounted. Once you have it where you like it, transfer the stud locations to the organizer.
Drill a 3/16" hole all the way the through organizer at the widest part of the pipe in the center of each stud location.
Enlarge the front half of each hole with a 3/8" drill bit. This should allow you to pass a normal construction screw through the front of the pipe and still use the screw to mount the organizer to the wall.
Screw the organizer to the wall in your determined location
Add a pipe clamp around one of the center extension tubes to keep the organizer from twisting.
Step 3: Add Finishing Touches and Organize Your Fishing Equipment
I installed a coat hook to the center of the organizer to hang my tackle box. You can also install tea cup hooks on the bottom for your net. I decided it worked better to just put the net behind the poles.
Now it is time to personalize and add your fishing equipment. Let your imagination run wild here. You could paint to match your wall, paint it to stand out, add some stickers, or like me, not worry about it and throw your poles in and feel like your life is a little better because you're a little more organized. Now you can grab your fishing pole and tackle box on the way out the door and have a place to store it when you get home.
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