PVC Fishing Rod Rack




Introduction: PVC Fishing Rod Rack

If you've been looking for a cheap and easy way to store your fishing rods...you found it!

My brother is an avid fisherman and has quite a few fishing rods.  I wanted to get him something usefull this year for Christmas....so I came up with this.

You can customize this plan to fit as many rods as you need. 

The cost for this project (24 rod rack) is around $25 to $30 and will take you an hour or two. 

Step 1: Supplies You Will Need

2" PVC pipe - 20 ft
6 - 90 degree fittings
2 - T Fittings
24 1/2" pipe straps
2 - S hooks
Compound Mitre Saw
Dremel with sanding attachment
2 Drill bits - 1 larger than your screw size, the other slightly smaller than your screw size
2" hole saw
PVC primer
PVC glue
1" Flat head general purpose screws
Tape Measure

Step 2: Cutting and Drilling

First, measure your horizontal pieces - you will need three of the same length. 

For this sized project you will need 52 inch pieces.  I suggest you cut the PVC with your mitre saw to get a nice clean cut. 

Next, you need to measure where you will drill the holes with your hole saw.

Start 2 1/2 inches from one end make a mark, then mark every four inches on center.
Do this on two of the pieces.  On the third piece you will do the same measurement, except this will be the top.  You will need to drill the marks with your smaller drillbit.  On the other side you want to offset your measurement by 1/2 an inch to keep them staggered.

TIP:  Use the 90 degree fittings placed in opposite directions to keep your PVC from moving while you drill. 

You will also need to cut 2 pieces for the sides at about 36 inches.  You will also need four smaller pieces of the same size around 5 to 6 inches to use to connect the fittings.

Next, you will need to drill out the pipe strap with your larger drill bit.

Step 3: Gluing and Finishing

Clean up and burrs left from the hole saw with your dremel tool and a sanding bit.

Next glue up the fittings on the sides making sure they are level and everything is straight.

You can leave the rest unglued if you plan to make it easy to transport.  If not, then go ahead and glue everything together.

Optionally, you can drill holes on the sides and place s hooks in them for additional hanging storage for smaller nets or jugs.

Attach the pipe straps with screws, remember to offset them....and your in business!

Step 4: Result

As you can see this is a very easy and straight forward project.  You can easily customize this plan to suit your own needs for as many fishing poles as you want. 

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5 years ago

This is a great plan and I just finished making my rod holder. I made mine to hold only 18 rods (using 40" instead of 52" pvc pieces. The other thing I did different was to use the oval shaped cut out pieces of pvc that were leftover after I drilled out the holes with my hole saw bit.....I used these leftover pieces of pvc in place of the pipe straps and they work good (I just hate to waste anything) Thanks so much for this idea. I'm trying to figure out how to add an image but just haven't figured out yet.


10 years ago on Introduction

Wow, I just now saw this as I was lurking about the site. THANK YOU! Great idea, I can think of several uses for "stuff" besides my fishing poles! Long handled tools were already mentioned, I also have several walking sticks leaning against the closet wall, long umbrellas, couple of canes...I may have to anchor the bottom so it won't tip but that would be simple to add.