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DIY Fishing Rod Holder

This DIY Fishing Rod Holder is so easy to make and is one of my favorite projects for the screened-in porch! I love how it is both functional and compliments the design of this space so well! 

I was also able to make it our of a single Cedar Fence board, so total this cost me less than $8 to make! 

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Step 1: Cut Boards

To start, I cut four boards the same size (and shape!).  I first cut the boards 13” long.  Then, since I liked the dog-earred cut of the boards, I used my miter saw on a 45 degree angle and cut the same shape on the straight sides.

diy fishing rod holder

Step 2: Drill Holes

I used a 1 ½” drill bit and drill 4 holes into two of the boards.  I drilled then every 1 ½” and this ensured they were perfectly spaced!

diy fishing rod holder

Step 3: Assemble Base

diy fishing rod holder

I then used liquid nails & 1 ¾” nails to attach one of the boards with holes in it to one of the remaining boards without holes. This became the base.

Step 4: Cut Channels

Next, I took the remaining board with holes in it (not the base!) and cut a channel from the edge to the hole.  I wanted my rods to alternate which was they leaned, so I cut the two left channels on the right side of the holes and the two right channels on the left side.  This was now my top piece.

diy fishing rod holder
diy fishing rod holder
diy fishing rod holder

Step 5: Build & Attach Backing

I took the remaining board and cut it in half using a circular saw.  Then using liquid nails and 1 ¾” nails, I attached one of the ½ pieces to the base and one to the top piece.

Step 6: Attach to the Wall

With the backing attached to my top and bottom pieces, I used my drill to screw them into the wall! I first attached the base to determine where I wanted my top board to go.  I screwed my top board 50” above the bottom board.

diy fishing rod holder

Check out my full porch renovation here

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DIY Fishing Rod Holder

Build Time 1 hour


  • Measuring Tape
  • Miter Saw
  • Brad Nailer
  • Drill
  • 1 ½” Drill Bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Clamps
  • Circular Saw


  • Cedar Fence Picket
  • Liquid Nails
  • 1 ¾ Brad Nails


  • Cut Boards
  • Drill Holes
  • Assemble Base
  • Cut Channels
  • Build & Attach Backing
  • Attach to the Wall
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