Fly Rod Tube Rack

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Project by bondogaposis posted 02-17-2014 03:05 PM 2913 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rod tube rack for fly rods. I am donating it for auction at the local Trout Unlimited banquet, this weekend. It is QSWO. I designed it myself, but it borrows heavily from the Stickley #74 bookcase. It will hold tubes for 4 two piece rods and 4 four piece rods, 8 in all. The drawers are hand cut dovetails for reels. It has been a labor of love since the Holidays ended. I did struggle w/ the finish for a bit, I think my shellac went bad. I used Lockwood fumed oak dye, garnet shellac and a poly, BLO blend. Other than the drawers there is no real joinery, just dados, screws and plugs. I was going to use through tenons and wedges but I thought that six of those on each side would be too busy for a small project such as this especially since the lower rails are only 3 inches apart. Thanks for looking.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 02-17-2014 03:19 PM

That’s a real beauty! Very useful.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 03:53 PM

Beautiful work Bondo!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 04:34 PM

Nice job B G. I only have two fly rods but plenty of other ones. Hopefully I’ll build one this summer and use this as a inspiration . The drawers are a good idea. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 05:11 PM

Simple and yet elegant, great piece of work!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 06:11 PM

looks great! The half blinds turned out nice.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 11:07 PM

Excellent!!!!! But… should be bigger to justify buying more fly rods.

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 11:26 PM

Knothead, that was a concern during the design phase. I own probably 30 or so fly rods, it wouldn’t fit my needs but it is a donation and I had to guess as to what size might be popular w/ the crowd. I also had a deadline to meet and I wanted it to be somewhat portable so I could transport it. Hopefully this will raise a lot of money for a good cause.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 01-28-2015 03:48 PM

On the same quest. Our TU chapter has banquet in the spring. Trying to put together something similar that I can donate. Thanks for the idea!

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