Dowel Rod Rack

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-06-2010 06:35 AM 6593 views 16 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a dowel rod rack I made a few years ago that I thought I’d share with everyone in case anyone is thinking about building one. I used to have the bunch of them in a barrel and had to fight to find the right one or if I had one of the size I needed. With this rack I can see right away what is there and retrieve it.
In the last shot you can see the wood divider I put in the PVC so you can store different sizes in one tube. They have gotten mixed a bit over the years, but I can always see my inventory

It has proven to be a real handy addition in my shop.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 07:01 AM

Very good idea – I have been thinking about somthing like this for awhile – thanks for posting.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 07:15 AM

Such a nifty idea,
You could use that idea for other long lengths too. (Since I don’t do much with dowel.)

-- Theresa,

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 09:55 AM

thay looks really cool,
i have a similar but vertical one with increasing depths to store different heights, how do you store dowels that are shorter?

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 12:34 PM

Thats a fine idea, I like your order. Also the jaw rack.
Nothing like working when we know where things are.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 02:18 PM

Cool idea. That would come in handy in my shop. Thanks for the post.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 02:30 PM

Hi, Jim. Anything to help keep the shop clean and orderly is a wonderful addition. I really like this one.
I am building a new assembly table right now, for the same reasons. Thanks for sharing this one.

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 03:21 PM

Nice job on those holders for your dowels. I love your colection of screws in the jars, that reminds me of my dads workshop he had them on a lazy susan and he turned them around when he wanted a screw or nail.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 03:22 PM

Hi Greedo. See that little shelf on top of the rack. That is where the short pieces go. It gets a cluttered sometimes but it is easy to sort through.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 12-06-2010 03:33 PM

I wish I had some leftover wall space to do something like this. My leftover dowels end up in the scrap bin, sometimes lost forever. Great idea and execution.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 03:35 PM

Great idea!! Have to put this on my to do list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 12-06-2010 04:18 PM

Great idea Jim, I have one that is similar but mine is vertical and it works great as well. You are just full of ideas aren’t you!! I appreciate all your ideas and projects!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 12-06-2010 04:44 PM

Hey Jim, you are officially invited to come over and organize my shop!

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#13 posted 12-06-2010 05:53 PM

Jim, this is a great idea. I may have to borrow it or make something very similiar as I have been using a lot of dowels lately.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 09:56 PM

Now that is organization – I really like it. I was gonna make one of a vertical style (with a chord to the bottom to pull up), but I believe I like your design better. Hey, your design would work well with a cleat system too..

Thanks for sharing !

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#15 posted 12-06-2010 11:45 PM

Great idea Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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