Build a Homemade Fishing Rod Rack


By David J. Brooks

Organize your fishing rods by building this simple wooden rack.


  • Two 1″ x 10″ x 32 1⁄2″ pine boards
  • Two 1″ x 10″ x 34 1⁄2″ pine boards
  • Two 1″ x 6″ x 34 1⁄2″ pine boards
  • Tape measure
  • Framing square
  • Pencil
  • Crosscut saw
  • Drill
  • 1 1⁄2″ hole-saw bit
  • 62 1 1⁄2″ wood screws
  • Four 2 1⁄2″ wood screws if you’re going to mount the rod rack on the wall
  • Countersink bit
  • 3⁄32″ drill bit for screw pilot holes
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler and putty knife (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood finish of your choice
  • Fishing rods



Step 1: Cut the six pine boards to length.


Step 2: Determine the locations for the 1 1⁄2″ holes on both side boards (as shown), and drill them out.

Step 3: Cut out the rod slots on both side boards.


Step 4: Drill pilot holes, and countersink each screw hole.


Step 5: Screw and glue the rod rack together. (If your screws are drilled in slightly past the wood surface, you can cover the screws with wood filler.)


Step 6: Sand the rod rack, and apply the wood finish of your choice. Stand the rod rack on the floor or mount it to the wall. Arrange your rods in the rack. Your fishing-rod rack is complete.


  1. Beginners can build an easy rack designed to store rods, reels, nets and lures. Find a place for this handy rack in your game room or mudroom, and you ll be one step closer to catching the big one.

  2. Great idea! We have lot’s of fishing rods and there not doing very well in the garage. I like the idea of making a rack. Love Your Work!

  3. Being a fly fisherman, I keep rods in tube cases. I have a loft in my garage, under theloft i mounted several large diameter rug/floor covering tubes if not tubular concrete form tubes from Home Depot, Lowes etc will do (rug rolls are usually free. each about 4′ long to the bottom of the loft floor joists using Plumber’s Strapping and screws. Each tube holds several rods in their tube cases. I use the same system for hanging up HAM Radio antenna elements for my mobile rig

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