First Project: Fishing Pole Rack

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Project by Geologist posted 04-28-2009 12:55 AM 8891 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJs!

This is my first ever woodworking project and I am glad how it turned out! Although there are some major flaws with its construction, I still think its pretty easy on the eyes. Anyways, I built this with what tools I have available (borrowed router, borrowed hammer drill, and a circ saw) inside the Geology building’s workshop at the university that I am currently attending. It is red oak and I put a slight stain on it to enhance the grain. I haven’t put any fishing poles in it yet so I don’t even no if it works! I will be sure to throw up a couple of pics with poles in it tomorrow.

Being my first project I have definitely learned some valuable skills and techniques that I look forward to putting towards other projects. It was fun making the dadoes and I know that the joints will last darn near forever since their reinforced with glue and screws.

Oh, btw, this is a present for my dad for his birthday.



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#1 posted 04-28-2009 12:56 AM

Oh and please throw out any comments criticisms, and what ever else you can think of!


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#2 posted 04-28-2009 01:21 AM

How can you criticize anyones fishing. Jeeze it’s downright against the law. Very nice for the first time out. Now fill that sucker with poles and start buying lures, more poles, more lures, more poles, more lures, well you get the idea, fishing is kinda like woodworking, its addictive or something. Welcome to LJs.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-28-2009 01:30 AM

I’m impressed, 3 borrowed tools and a geology lab workshop. I would say you did a dam good job for the resources you had. Well done!

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#4 posted 04-28-2009 02:21 AM

Way to go Trevor looks great .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 04-28-2009 04:51 AM

Hey Trevor….you did good! Looks sturdy, can’t wait to see pictures with the poles.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#6 posted 04-28-2009 06:04 AM

Welcome to LJ Trevor. I don’t think there is a better combination of pastimes than woodworking and fishing. I think you better keep a close eye on your priorities though. With woodworking and fishing and geology, you’re going to be pretty busy I think. Good luck.

-- Jim

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#7 posted 04-28-2009 12:27 PM

Nice fishing pole rack.

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#8 posted 05-07-2009 06:22 AM

Very nice looking rack. I have one of these on my list of things to build. I would be interested to know how well the poles stay in place with the flat shelf. The commercial ones you can buy at Bass Pro, Cabelas, etc have the bottom shelf angled towards the bottom cutouts, so the bottom of the poles are pushed up against the cutouts.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#9 posted 05-07-2009 01:53 PM

Thanks for all the complements LJs!

tmblweed0429, after testing out the fishing rack I definitely would make some changes if I could, one being that I would put the bottom at a slight angle, two I would have carved some kind of hook in front of the poles on the top rack to keep the poles from tilting forward or I would make the top holders deeper, and three I would have spaced out the holders just a little bit further. Overall I am satisfied with it, and the poles do sit in nicely, but if the rack were to be bumped I think that a few of the poles will tilt forward.

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