Introduction: Fly Rod and Reel Storage Shelf
I wanted a nice-looking way to store and display my fly-fishing rods, reels and accessories. I did a lot of searching and didn't see any one solution that did everything I wanted so I merged a few of the better ones together.
Step 1: Materials
For this build I bought a pine board that was 11.25 inches wide by 1 inch thick by 10 feet long. I think it was about $40 at Lowes. This board will make up the tops and sides and should have been enough to make the two shelves as well but some last minute changes on the dimensions meant I needed another board.
The Second pine board was 6 inches wide by 1 inch thick by 6 foot long. This board will be used for the two shelves and 3 of the reel hangers. I think I paid $15 at Lowes for it.
The last board is the backing. It was a piece I had bought a long time ago so I don't remember the price for this piece. It was a 4 foot by 4 foot by 1/4 inch thick piece which I believe is usually used for flooring.
For the reel holder pegs I got (3) 1/4 inch dowel that were 36 inches long. I got them at Lowes for about a $1.50 each. I got the dowel in oak because I wanted something a little tougher than pine for putting reels on and off again.
Screws: PowerPro 8 x 1 3/4 inch screws for all of the shelves and Powerpro 9 x 2 1/2 inch screws for the top and bottom.
MinWax Early American, Minwax Puritan Pine, MinWax Polyurethane.
Step 2: Tools
Step 3: Measurements
Total : 21 7/8 inches wide by 32 inches high by 11 1/4 inches deep.
Sides: (2) 11 1/4 inches deep by 1 inch wide by 32 inches high
Top: (1) 10 1/4 inches deep by 1 inch wide by 20 3/8 inches high.
Bottom: (1) 10 1/4 inches wide by 1 inch deep by 20 3/8 inches high.
Backwall: 21 1/16 inches by 31 1/16 inches tall by 1/4 inch deep.
Shelves: (2) 4 1/2 inches wide by 1 inch deep by 20 3/8 inches high.
Peg holders: (3) 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 inch deep by 20 3/8 inches high.
Pegs: 1/4 round dowel 3 inches long.
Holes for rods: 9
Step 4: Layout
The basic layout will be a small shelving area in the front with pegs to hang the reels on. In the back will be the rod case storage area.
I took a 3 inch piece of PVC pipe and cut 10 1/2 inch slices. I used these to layout the hole placement for the rod holders.
Since I have a double rod case I needed one hole large enough to hold it. As you can see in the picture with the PVC slices laid out on it. I measured 1 inch up from the bottom for this placement. Then I measured 4 1/2 inches in from the front of the shelf for where the wall would start. That has the squiggly line though the area I will use the Dado blade to remove the wood. Next line is 1/4 inch back from the wall. This was to give me enough space from the back wall to the hole.
Now the center of the 3 inch holes on the very back starting from the bottom are:
2 1/4 UP 2 1/8 IN
7 1/4 UP 2 1/8 IN
13 1/4 UP 2 1/8 IN
19 1/4 UP 2 1/8 IN
25 1/4 UP 2 1/8 IN
Second Row of Holes
4 1/2 UP 4 5/8 IN
10 7/16 UP 4 5/8 IN
16 7/16 UP 4 5/8 IN
22 7/16 UP 4 5/8 IN
28 7/16 UP 4 5/8 IN
Step 5: Holes
Once you have the spacing for the holes figured out it's just a matter of getting the measurements to make the spacing look good. I used a 3 inch hole drill to make the holes. For the large hole at the bottom I drilled the two outer portions of the holes then drilled the center section out. I then cleaned up what was left with a jig saw and sandpaper.
Step 6: Dado Cut
For the grove to hold wall in place I used a dado blade on the table saw. You could use a regular blade and do multiple passes if you don't have the dado blade.
I set the fence of the saw at 4 1/2 inches and cut the grooves in the top, bottom and both side pieces. My dado blade with just the two outer blades and no inserts does a nice 1/4 inch groove which is what I needed.
Step 7: Router Edges
We used a router with 1/4 inch round over with a bearing bit to make the front edges of the shelves and the holes smooth.
Step 8: Reel Holder Bars
The reel holder bar is 2 inches by 1 inch by 20 5/8 inches. There are 30 pegs that are 1/4 inch oak dowel cut to 3 inches long.
The holes are drilled with 1/4 inch bit and the placement is from the end:
4 15 /16
and the holes are 3/4 inch up from the bottom of the board.
Step 9: Staining, Assembly, Top Coat
We stained the back, sides, top, and bottom of the shelves and pegs with MinWax Puritan's Pine which is a light honey shade on the pine.
For the reel holders pieces we wanted a 2 tone look and went with MinWax Early American.
Once we had all of the pieces stained and they dried, we assembled it with PowerPro 8 x 1 3/4 inch screws for all of the shelves and Powerpro 9 x 2 1/2 inch screws for the top and bottom.