DIY - Fishing Pole Rack

DIY - Fishing Pole Rack

Posted by Samantha Pettinaroli on

Believe it or not this awesome pole rack is pretty simple to make. It can take a few days, but its totally worth it! All of your materials can be found at a local hardware store or Home Depot. So why wait? Stop buying those flimsy pole racks that eventually fall off your wall and get started. The best part of working on your own rack is you can customize it to fit whatever space and to the poles that you have. Take a look at what we did.

The rack pictured was cut into two separate racks that hold up to 7 poles each. The wall across is 14 ft and 10 ft high.

Shopping List

-2 x 4 lumber pieces  - Bought 8 pieces .

- Tapcon Screws - (used for dry wall with  concrete backing) If you have any other material, consult with a representative at your hardware store for the proper type of screw you will need.

-Self drilling wood screws - 1 box. These are for attached the pieces of wood together.

-Paint or wood stain. (optional)- We used a dark wood color that matches the furniture in our guest room called "Kona"

-Plastic sheeting and brush.

-Drill bits - 2 inch hole saw (top rack) / 2 inch paddle bit (bottom rack)

-Light grid sand paper- 1 packet

Steps 1: Measure your space to determine what size wood pieces you will need. It helps a lot to know how you want your wood cut before bringing it home, especially if you do not have a power saw at home. Stores like Home Depot will cut the wood to the size that you need. In addition to your space, check out the type of poles that you have. You want to take into consideration how deep want the holes to be where the base of the pole rest, How tall your poles are, and the space you want to leave in between each pole. (See below what we figured out. This will depend mostly on the size of the reels.)

Step 2: Get ready to cut your wood! Measure seven holes on each 2x4 wood piece that will hold the poles. 4 of the 2x4 wood pieces will be the backing and won't need holes drilled in them. The holes should be spaced 6in apart. Remember the top racks will be completely drilled through so that the rod tip will go through and the bottom racks will only have a 2in diameter grove hollowed out with the drill where the base of the rod will rest. It helps to mark each hole that you are going to be drilling so that you can be as accurate as possible. Use your drill with the 2in drill bit and drill exactly where you left your measurements.


Step 3: After you have drilled each hole on the top racks and the groves on the bottom racks you get to do the least exacting part of this job. Sanding isn't a necessary step, however it does give your rack a nice smooth, finished look and preps it for the wood stain. IF you do not wish to use a paint or a stain and nobody is looking at your pole rack then maybe you want to skip this step all together?

If you have an electric sander, then good for you! Otherwise, use that sand paper you bought at your hardware store.

Step 4: Once everything is smoothed out prepare the wood to be painted by placing down the plastic paint cover. The good thing about using a wood stain is that it dries rather quickly. Therefore, once you paint one side you can turn them over in 20-30 minutes and finish there other side. For better results, we let the wood dry over night.

Step 5: Attached the 2x4 wood pieces together. (see picture below). Use the self-drilling wood screws to attach the 2x4s. If you have to use more screws for the bases then do so since most of the weight will be distributed at the bottom. We used black screws to match with the dark finish of the wood (it helps everything blend in)

Step 6: Measure again where you will be having the racks! Use a wall level just like you would if you were hanging a pictures so you can be sure to have everything as straight as possible (in our case we used a line and point laser level). If you are hanging the racks on dry  wall with concrete backing (as pictured) then make sure you find where the studs are before drilling holes in the wall. This is exactly where you want to drill the Tapcon screws. IF everything matches up accurately then you drill in the screws. Once you drilled, everything should be secured tightly and snug against the wall.

Take a look at the finished product!



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