Fly Rod Cabinet

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Project by DBB posted 02-14-2013 08:46 AM 3027 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother asked me to build a fly rod cabinet for my father-in-law that was specifically designed to hold his precious gear, fit into the narrow space available in their hallway and match the vintage white oak hutch that is near by. I could not find any existing cabinet or plans that fit the bill, so I designed and built this from the ground up and delivered it in August of 2012. It holds his prized rod collection, displays his reels on the side, has a drawer to hold reel cases, fly cases, etc. There is also a space behind to hold rod cases and hang nets. There is no electrical outlet in that location, so I cut apart a cordless power hammer and used that Lithium Ion battery to power the LED lights – works great. Finished with TransTint Dark Mission Brown dye and several coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss. Very happy customer.

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 10:28 AM

I like the glass shelves on the side and the “cabinet behind the cabinet” compartment. Kool idea.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 11:10 AM

Great build and design! However, the only thing wrong is that there are some empty spaces in the cabinet. BTW, one uses flies, not lures. ;)

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 12:16 PM

Beautiful piece of furniture. Great design and build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 12:45 PM

Nice piece of furniture does and outstanding job of display

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 02:06 PM

nice job i like it

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 02:28 PM

Good point, Knothead62. I’ve changed “lure cases” to “fly cases”. Thanks, my father-in-law would have called me on that too.

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 06:22 PM

Very nice display cabinet. I could use one of these myself. I especially like the storage locker, behind the main display, for his vest, waders, nets, rod tubes etc. Very smart design. The QS white oak looks great too. I have to favorite this one!

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#8 posted 02-15-2013 12:31 AM

Great looking display case, and very nice design. I may have to “borrow” some of your design elements—with permission of course. Thanks for posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 02-15-2013 01:01 AM

Nice! What does he have for rods? I’ve got a few but favor my custom built G.Loomis IMX 8’6” 4 weight.

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#10 posted 02-15-2013 01:01 AM

Nice build….great job DBB

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 02-17-2013 01:29 PM

Wow, Great design, very creative, plus really cool idea with lighting via rechargable battery pack. It is really great. Love the arched top and bottom to the main door, brave choice of non symetry on side doors
great great great

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#12 posted 02-18-2013 02:05 AM

Glad to see he put some fancy lumber inside too.

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