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Making a rod rack

  • Published: Friday, 27 November 2015 08:31
  • Written by Matthew G. Hauge
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PB240733One thing that has irritated me for years is how my rods end up stacked up against a corner of my home office or garage when they aren't being used. Many are very expensive, and they are all too nice to be hidden away in a bundle. I've seen rod racks before, but never liked any of them. Either they are handy and practical, but look like crap, or they are a made in a very feeble attempt to make something aesthetic nice. Of course there are many nice racks out there too, but in my eyes they get cluttered too much with modern materials such as plastics and metals. I wanted something much more old fashioned, yet quite functional.

I've had several different models and patterns in my mind, but they all meant lots of time consuming work which I actually haven't had the time for in a long while. So now i was locked to something easier, and more elegant.
PB210679Not far from where I live there is an Hydro electric dam. There are still roots and branches of trees that used to be in the flooded valley, and there are still some of these floating up and being gathered in various corners of the dam. We have picked some of these for various hobby projects. I have a few that I use to mount fishing gear on when i take photo's for the web shops, some we've used for firewood, and some have become stands for decorations such as trolls and forest artwork. Why not use this material to make a rod stand ? I started out by picking out all the pieces that I might be able to use and taking them in to the hallway. I started out picking the one that i was to use for the base. The one all the rods would stand on. My choice ended up and what seemed to be an old 2x4. It was very old, probably from one of the old farms that where abandoned before they flooded the valley. All edges where rounded. probably from being tossed up against the stones along shore for many years.
Natural legsNext where the four legs. For my design I needed something sturdy for legs, because the bottom board is not wide enough to make the things sturdy with streight legs. An old piece ogf a broken off branch and some old root would work well for two of the legs, their shape automatic made for a wider stand. The back legs would be straight though. I also sawed them off at the bottom so they would stand more sturdy on the floor. The reason for the hind legs being straight is that I want the stand to stand up along a wall.
next up was a cross section to lock the stand from being wobbly. This is done by putting a cross section that is at an angle. From there the rest of the work was just fun. Up until now I constantly had to ask my spouse to help hold legs in place while I measured for holes.
Rod RackThe final cross section is for the rods to stand up against. I also needed something to hold the rods so they wouldn't slide. I thought about putting pegs in the top bar, but this would be tacky. I also have some rod clamps from an old shop display, but these are plastic, and will ruin the entire look of the stand. My choice ended with ties made out of hemp. To not have to wrap the bar in hemp I put in some bronze screw eyes to attach the hemp string to. These bronze eyes are only about 3mm in diameter, so they don't take much space, and they fit right in with the old withered wood. 
And for those wondering how I got all the pieces to fit, well I picked the pieces of wood that fit in length. Marked where I wanted them to be attached, and drilled holes for wooden pegs. this way the pieces would hang together without any nails or screws showing. When I was ready to assemble I put woodworking glue in the holed before putting the pegs in and attaching the parts. The end result is a stand out of driftwood that would fit perfectly in with an anglers workshop.