How to Make a Rod Rack

How to Make a Rod Rack
If you own more than one fishing pole, you have probably already given some thought to rod storage--particularly if you have a rod or two you want to show off. A display rack for your rods gets them out of corners and closets, as well as putting them out in the open for everyone to admire. A basic display rack can be assembled in the period of an afternoon and makes a simple and rewarding project.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2-by-4, 8 feet in length
  • Wood screws, 3-inch
  • Wood screws, 4-inch
  • Wood curtain rod supports
  • Wood stain
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Stud finder
  • Power drill/screwdriver
Step 1
Choose your location and mark it. You need an open section of wall that is at least a foot wider than the length of your longest fishing rod base. A minimum of four feet of width is a fair estimate. Find the two studs in this section of wall and mark them for future reference.
Step 2
Cut your lumber. For the purposes of this project, we will be building a rack to hold three fishing rods. The two support struts for the rack will need one foot per each rod and eight inches more. Thus, we will cut the eight-foot 2-by-4 into two 44-inch sections. For larger racks, you will need a longer 2-by-4, adding one foot per rod.
Step 3
Stain the lumber. Lay out a drop cloth and evenly stain both the 2-by-4 sections and the curtain rod supports. Allow time to dry and restain as necessary.
Step 4
Attach the rod supports to the 2-by-4 support struts. One rod support will sit at the base of the 2-by-4, and then they will be placed with eight inches between them. Drill two small holes through the 2-by-4 at each of these places and then secure the rod to the 2-by-4 with two 3-inch screws. Continue this until you have three rod holders affixed to each 2-by-4.
Step 5
Hang the rack on the wall. For our three-rod rack, place the base of the support strut four feet from the floor so the top is near the ceiling. Be sure both support struts sit at the same level. A rack built to hold more rods will have to be placed lower on the wall. Be sure to screw the support struts into the wall studs, as marked earlier.

Tips & Warnings

Measure twice, cut once. Always.
Make sure the 2-by-4 support struts are level to keep the rod rack stable.

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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