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DIY Rod Racks For The Garage

DIY Rod Racks – Free-standing rack to store 21 rods.

Here is a great, budget-friendly way to build your own rod racks for storage at home.  It doesn’t take long and feels great to get your gear organized and protected.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 – 10-foot long pieces of 1-1/2” PVC pipe
  • 23 – 1 ½” T connectors
  • 4 – 1 ½” 90-degree elbows
  • Tape Measure
  • Marker
  • PVC Hand Saw

Before you get started I feel the need to warn you that there is a lot of PVC that needs to be cut. I’m sure that there are easier ways of cutting it, but I used this hand saw. Each cut was fairly easy, but the cumulative effort left me with a pretty sore right arm the next day.

Once you’ve figured out the most efficient way to cut your PVC, you’ll want to measure out your pieces and use the marker to indicate where the cuts will be. To hold 21 rods, you’ll need 21 pieces that are 14-inches long and 28 pieces that are 4-inches long.

Assembling the rack is easy and does not require PVC glue.

The parts dry fit tight enough to stay together on their own and not gluing the rack allows you to add more storage as needed (mine started as a 14 rod rack and may soon become a 28 rod rack). Each individual rod holder is formed by fitting a 14-inch section into the top of the T-Connector and a 4-inch section in each end. The other end of the 4-inch sections will be connected to the T of the next rod holder.

DIY Rod Racks

The end is made by putting a 90-degree connector on the last 4-inch section on the outside rows and a T-connector on the middle row. 4-inch sections join all these.

DIY Rod Racks

Once assembled the end of the rack should look like this.

Once you’ve connected all of the pieces and put the ends together on both ends the rack should look like this.

DIY Rod Racks

Then all there is to do is load your rods and you’re good to go. I built this rack with 1-½ inch pipe because I only use it to hold bass rods with small diameter butts. Before you begin on the project you’ll want to measure the diameter of the butt of the largest rod you plan on storing to make sure it will fit. You may have to go up to 2-inch PVC if you’re storing jig sticks.

I store my jig sticks in a 12-rod rafter rack.

What you’ll need:

  • 24 – Screw in bicycle hooks
  • 1 – 12 foot 2 x 4
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Power Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Deck Screws

Use your circular saw to cut the 2 x 4 into two 6-foot sections. Then starting on the end, make 12 marks, 5-inches apart along the center of each section. Using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the bicycle hook, drill a hole in each of those 5-inch marks. Next you’ll want to screw the hooks into the holes you made. The final step is to use the deck screws to mount the rod holders to your rafters, making sure that they are parallel to one another and that the eye hooks line up.

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Erik Landesfeind is BD's Southern California Editor and has over 30 years of experience saltwater fishing for a range of species in both California and Mexican waters. Erik is also an active freelance writer and the author of the weekly column So Cal Scene, which BD publishes every Friday. In So Cal Scene, Erik keeps all of the BD readers up to date on what's biting in Southern California. Erik divides his fishing time on local boats, long-range trips and Mexico excursions. For the past eight years, Erik has been competing in the SWBA (Saltwater Bass Anglers) tournament series and has multiple tournament victories to his credit. His sponsors include Batson Enterprises / Rainshadow Rods, Robalo Boats, Tilly's Marine, Abu/Garcia, Penn Reels, Navionics, Raymarine, MC Swimbaits, Uni-Butter Fishing Scent and Bladerunner Tackle.