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A Great Project for When It Is Zero-Fish-O’Clock (see also article One, Two, Three, Four-Fish O’clock)

-Bottom Holes Drilled 6″ apart – A perfect Fit!

Requires – 3 equal lengths of wood about 4-5 inches wide – and as long as you want for the number of rods you own – 6 inches worked well for the space in between rods for me and the gear I own.

A drill

A saw – preferably, a table saw as you will need one of the boards ripped in half ( or get this done when you purchase the wood at your local lumber store)

Some screws – like maybe two dozen or so – make them the right length for the lumber you  are using – we used 1 and a half inch screws for the half inch lumber.

A spirit level

A tape measure

Inch and a half round drill bit –

Top Drilled Holes - 1 and 1/2 "

My father-in-law Wade, is a genius.  The other day Wade had one of his better ideas.  “Why don’t we build you a rod holder with that extra lumber laying around.  We can put it up in the garage on the wall and get that area kind of cleaned up for you.”  Hmm…let me think about that for a minute.  Heck Yah!  We had talked about it once or twice but I figured it might  be one of those projects that you know, gets put off and put off some more.  I was so excited.  I quickly set us up, getting the ball in motion before there was any further debate on the subject.  This was one of those opportunities that I wasn’t going to let get away!!

First thing was to get the lumber down from the garage loft.   I enlisted the services of my father, getting him to hold the ladder while I zoomed up  to get the wood.  I got the wood down, which was perfect for what we needed and Wade set up the table saw.  I cleared some of the crap that was cluttering up the space I was going to stake as my territory while  Wade began measuring the wood.  “Six inches between rods going to be enough?”, he asked.  “I think so.”, I replied.  He measured the lengths of wood.  “That will make space enough for fourteen rods.  Will that be enough?”  I did some quick calculations in my head.  “Well, the three trout rods will be all I ever need for that.  The three perch rods, and I have two bait casters but would like one more, and at least one more spinning rod and reel – that makes eleven plus some room for expansion. “Yup fourteen is good, more than enough.  I think after fourteen rods, I should probably start giving some away.”  Ok, it was settled.  Wade finished the layout and I finished the clean-up and the corner was good and ready.  He dug out some really awesome circle drill bits.  We debated for a minute about the size needed and settled on inch-and-a-half.  This would allow the bait casters and the spinning rods to go through if we carefully positioned the upper and lower parts of the holders.  After using the rods as measuring devices for where the best fit would be, we got down to the business of drilling the wood.  Wade told me what to do and I eagerly set about the drilling of the holes.  I was only supposed to go half way sunk with the bit for the bottom holder as this would give a nice groove for the butts of the rods to sit in.  I managed to accomplish this task with only one or two hiccups along the way.  The drill bit got away from me on one of the holes, but since this isn’t going up for sale anytime soon, I’ll live with the small “character flaw” in the rod holder that I created.  After drilling the bottoms out, I had to drill all the way through for the holes on the upper portion as this would make it so the rods could slip into their nesting spots.  Mission accomplished and it was time to a-fix a couple of backing strips so that we would be able to screw this thing into the wall.  We cut the third board in half and found some drywall screws ( it is amazing how many things you can put together with drywall screws), which we used to attach the two parts together.  Wade let me know that we were going to have to counter-sink for the drywall screws heads as they “V” and this would not be good if we don’t countersink.    After getting the upper and lower pieces all done, it was time to hang them on the board.  We located the studs and again got out the handy dandy drywall screws!  A level is also very handy for this type of job!

I have to say, that this project turned out perfect!  I am so pleased to get my rods organized and off the floor.  Take a look at the pictures and you will see why I am so excited!  Oh, one down side to this project is that my girlfriend now knows just how big my problem is in measureable quantities.  If you are trying to hide any of your gear from your wife, I don’t suggest that this project is for you as the full extent of your addiction will be on display for her and others.  If this is not a worry, then good luck to you in making your own fishing rod holders!


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