DIY Wooden Fishing Rod Rack

DIY Wooden Fishing Rod Rack
Fishing rod racks serve the purpose of organizing your equipment and keeping damage from occurring to the rods, but there is sometimes a third reason for a rack. In some cases you might want to use a rack to display antique or expensive rods. It's possible to make a nice wooden rack with a few tools and a small amount of work, and you don't even need to be a wood worker.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2 unfinished wooden signs
  • 2 or 3 wooden open brackets
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Wood stain
  • Rags
Step 1
Stain the unfinished wooden signs with the wood stain of your choice. Rub the stain on with a rag and wipe off excess with a separate rag.
Step 2
Set the two wooden signs next to each other so both of their longer sides are facing up and down. Find the center of the signs and set your first bracket there so the open part of the bracket is facing away from you. Mark through the holes of the bracket with a pencil.
Step 3
Place a bracket above the one in the center at a distance of your choice. Make sure there is enough room to put a rod into the center bracket without difficulty and that the brackets line up. Mark the holes for the screws with a pencil so you know where to drill.
Step 4
Set the brackets aside and measure the distance between the top mark of the center bracket and the bottom hole of the top bracket. Use this measurement to mark the location of the third bracket, which will be below the center bracket. Set the brackets in place and make sure they all line up. While in place, mark the lowest hole of the bottom bracket.
Step 5
Remove the brackets and drill pilot holes where you made the marks. The pilot holes are drilled with a drill bit that is smaller in diameter than the screws you will use. This will keep the wood from splitting when the screws are inserted.
Step 6
Put the brackets in place one at a time and drill in the screws. Hardware typically comes with the brackets.
Step 7
Drill a pilot hole in the top and bottom of both of the wooden racks, making sure they are centered.
Step 8
Mount the first rack by holding it up in the location you want it. Make sure the open brackets are facing up when mounting both rack pieces. Screw in the top screw, and level the rack. Once level, screw in another screw into the bottom pilot hole.
Step 9
Measure down from the ceiling to the top of the rack piece you just installed. This will give you the distance down for the other rack piece. Move over about 3 or 4 feet, and measure down from the ceiling to find where the top of the rack needs to be.
Step 10
Hold the second rack in place and screw in the top screw. Level the second rack, and screw in the bottom screw.

Tips & Warnings

You can buy wooden brackets in several different wood colors, so pick one that will best suit your style.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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