How to Build a Fishing Pole Rack

How to Build a Fishing Pole Rack
When teaching a child to fish you should incorporate not only the actual fishing, but also the treatment of equipment that they are going to be using. Making a fishing pole rack together is a good way to show them how to respect their equipment while they are still young. It is a simple project done with a few supplies that you can pick up at your local home improvement store.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 3 boards, 1 by 4 inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Screw bits
  • 6 wood screws, 1/2 inch
  • 4 wood screws, 1 inch
  • 8 dry wall screws, 1 1/2 inch
  • 6 rod clips
  • Hand saw
  • Flat edge
  • Measuring tape
Step 1
Measure a 1-by-4 board to lengths of 1 foot and mark for cutting. Use a saw to cut the boards to length. Three 1-foot boards are needed.
Step 2
Attach two of the foot-long 1-by-4 boards together so they form an L shape. The ends of the boards are aligned and the boards are joined along their length. This leaves the 1-inch side of one board butting up against and aligned to the bottom edge of the other board's 4-inch side
Step 3
Drill pilot holes first to keep the wood from splitting, then drill the 1 inch wood screws in. One side of the boards L will be attached to the wall later.
Step 4
Draw a line, using a flat edge, the length of one of the boards 2 inches in from the top edge. This creates a line down the middle of the board, along which the rod clips will be attached.
Step 5
Measure 3 inches in from one end of the board and make a mark on the center line for the location of the first rod clip. Measure 3 more inches from that mark to create the mark for the second clip. Continue along the length of the board, staying on the center line.
Step 6
Drill pilot holes before attaching the rod clips. Drill on the marks made for rod clip location in Step 5.
Step 7
Place the rod clips over the pilot holes and secure them using the 1/2-inch wood screws and a drill. The side of the L with the rod clips is the side that is attached to the wall. The other board is the platform that the poles rest on.
Step 8
Mark a separate foot-long 1-by-4 board using Steps 4 and 5, ensuring the markings along the center line are spaced at the same 3-inch intervals as in Step 4. This board secures the top end of the fishing poles.
Step 9
Drill pilot holes in the third board where the rod clips locations are marked and place the clips over the holes.
Step 10
Secure the rod clips to the board using the remaining three 1/2-inch wood screws.
Step 11
Measure diagonally 1 inch from each of the four corners of the single board and make a mark to identify where the pilot holes for the screws attaching the pole rack to the wall are to be drilled. Do the same with the L board on the side that has the rod clips attached. Drill pilot holes where you made your marks.
Step 12
Measure 2 feet from the floor and make a mark on the wall to identify the location of the bottom edge of the L-shaped board.
Step 13
Drill one 1 1/2 inch dry wall screw into the top corner pilot hole and into the wall. Use a level to manipulate the L board until it is horizontal to the floor. Hold the board in place while fastening the remaining three screws.
Step 14
Measure 4 feet from the top of the L board and make a mark to identify the location of the bottom edge of the single board.
Step 15
Measure the distance from the closest corner or door frame to the edge of the L board and note the distance. Move 4 feet higher and repeat the measurement, making a mark on the wall to identify the location of the single board's edge.
Step 16
Place the single board on the wall so its bottom edge rests on the mark made in Step 14 and its side touches the mark made in Step 15. Use the same side on the single board that was used to take the measurement on the L board.
Step 17
Drill 1 1/2 inch dry wall screws through the pilot holes of the board and into the wall to secure it.

Tips & Warnings

Ensure the drill bit used for making pilot holes is smaller in diameter than the screws being used.
The diameter of the screws you use is your choice, except those used with the rod clips. These generally come with the hardware to mount them or are listed in the manufacturer's instructions.

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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