How to Build a Rod Holder With PVC Pipes

How to Build a Rod Holder With PVC Pipes
Beach fishing can be a great way to enjoy a day at the ocean. Sportsmen and women use special saltwater equipment when they go ocean fishing because they expect to catch larger fish. One of the best pieces of equipment for beach fishing is a holder to keep the rod ready for a bite while you sit back and relax. You can build a rod holder with PVC pipe that is easy to construct and durable enough to use repeatedly whenever you go saltwater fishing from the beach.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • PVC pipe (2 inches X 36 inches) Stainless steel carriage bolt (1/4-20 x 3-inch) Saw (hacksaw/handsaw) Utility knife Vice Drill Drill bit (1/4 inch) Measuring tape Marker
  • PVC pipe (2 inches X 36 inches)
  • Stainless steel carriage bolt (1/4-20 x 3-inch)
  • Saw (hacksaw/handsaw)
  • Utility knife
  • Vice
  • Drill
  • Drill bit (1/4 inch)
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
Step 1
Measure from one end of the pipe down 18 inches and make a horizontal mark halfway down the length of the 36-inch length of 2-inch PVC pipe. Place the PVC pipe into a table vice and grip it securely so that one end of the pipe extends out from the vice.

The vice should grip the PVC 2 inches above the horizontal mark, allowing the remaining length of PVC pipe to extend out from the vice. You must be able to install a carriage bolt, and to cut the end with a hacksaw or hand saw after the pipe is gripped tightly by the vice.
Step 2
Make a mark 1 inch above the horizontal mark that divides the length of PVC in two. This mark will need to be placed in the middle of the pipe's width so that when drilled the hole is placed in the center of the pipe, 1 inch above the mark that divides the PVC pipe in two.

Check the position of the pipe while it is being grasped by the vice. Make sure that it's centered so that when a hole is drilled into the center mark, you can drill directly through the pipe to the other side without going off-center on the way out. Center the mark before drilling the hole.
Step 3
Insert a 1/4-inch drill bit into a hand drill and drill a hole through the pipe where the center mark is located 1 inch above the horizontal mark that divides the length in two. Drill the hole so that the drill bit will exit the other side of the PVC pipe in the center of the back of the pipe. A straight hole will make for a better fastening point for the carriage bolt which will hold the saltwater fishing pole in the rod holder.
Step 4
Insert one 1/4-20 x 3-inch carriage bolt and push it through the newly drilled hole. Each carriage bolt has a threaded shaft and at the top of the bolt, under the rounded head is a square registration feature that will need to fit tightly inside the drilled opening in the PVC pipe.

Push the carriage bolt into the drill hole. Use a utility knife to increase the drill hole enough on one side to accept the registration feature of the carriage bolt. Use a carriage nut to tighten the bolt in place once the registration marks sits inside the drill hole.
Step 5
Make a mark 12 inches from the end of the PVC pipe that extends out of the table vice. Make a new horizontal mark. From this new mark, create an angled cut from the bottom of the pipe up to this mark. When the pipe is cut along this mark, the remaining pipe will create an angled spike that can be easily inserted and pushed into the beach sand.

The cut will remove half of the pipe that below the second horizontal mark. The best way to achieve this is to cut into the pip 1/2 inch and then angle the cut down so that when the saw gets to the bottom of the pipe, the saw will exit the bottom of the pipe 1/2 inch inside of the outside edge. This creates an easy-to-use rod holder that can be pushed into the sand of most beaches and can handle the weight of a saltwater fishing rod.

Tips & Warnings

Different angles for the wedge of this type of rod holder will work differently in sand and mud. Leave enough PVC pipe behind to handle the weight of the fishing rod once the rod holder is pushed into the ground. For heavier fishing rods, cut out less material, instead bringing a hammer to push the rod holder into the soil or sand.
A table vice can be tightened so much that is deforms the PVC pipe. Use the right grip when working with PVC to avoid a deformed circumference of the pipe. A carriage bolt requires a well fitting receptor hole for the registration feature of the bolt. Always drill a smaller hole than needed and adjust the size for a good fit. If the hole is drilled too big, it will be hard to tighten a carriage bolt correctly. Consider using a lag bolt instead.

Article Written By Francis Walsh

Francis Walsh has been working as a freelance writer since 2003. He has contributed to websites such as Shave, Autogeek and Torque & Chromeas, as well as provided content for private clients. Walsh has worked as a performance part-packer and classic car show promoter, now serving as crew chief for Nitrousfitz Racing.

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