DIY Pallet Fishing Pole Holder

by | Feb 10, 2016 | Home Improvement, Outdoor Projects, Pallet Projects | 0 comments

Make a Wood Pallet Fishing Pole Holder For Free

Our family has been really into fishing this summer. There is nothing worse than loading up the car to head to the lake, only to find that your fishing poles are in a tangled mess in the corner of the garage. After 20 minutes of murmuring under your breath as you untangle line after line after line, it’s almost not worth the effort to go. We knew we had to do something. Enter DIY Husband and his power tools. 

We searched the Internet to find some ideas about how to organize fishing poles, and finally settled on a design that we liked. These were our criteria:

  • Inexpensive (free to nearly free!)
  • Small footprint to save room in the garage
  • Hold poles separate to avoid tangles
  • Universal so that all of our fishing poles would work, regardless of size and shape
  • Mount to the wall so that we could get them up off the floor


We combined several ideas to create one that was perfect for our criteria. It even worked for my youngest son’s teeny tiny pole (without using the top slot). We mounted it in a narrow empty space next to our garage door, and it works perfectly.

The glorious thing about this fishing pole holder is that it cost absolutely nothing to make. We looked through our pile of old pallet wood in the garage and found some pieces that fit our needs. If you are new to pallet crafts, keep in mind that you can get free pallets all the time. Many businesses give them away, so keep your eyes and ears open for free wood. It is great if you are wanting to make free or inexpensive crafts.

If you are interested in creating one similar to ours, I have included a technical drawing of our exact design, followed by step by step instructions. All measurements are in inches, and you can adjust them to meet your own needs of more or fewer slots for poles.





First, decide on the size you want for your fishing pole holder. Since there are five in our family, we wanted to have enough room for 5 poles. You want to make sure that the space between poles is bigger than your largest reel so that they don’t bump into each other. For us, our holder ended up being 3X20 inches with holes spaced 4 inches apart.

Decide on the shape that you like, and then cut two identical pieces out of your pallet wood. We liked the look of the 45 degree corner cut shown in the diagram, but that is optional. These will be for the top and bottom sections of your fishing pole holder. 

For the Top Board:

Measure 1.5 inches from the front of the board and draw a straight line all the way across. 

Next, start 2 inches from the left edge of your board and mark the spot on your 1.5” line. Continue marking on the 1.5” line every 4 inches. Once you have your five marks, use a ½” drill bit to drill your holes. The center of each hole should correspond with the marks you made.

Next, set your saw at a 45 degree angle. Cut from the front edge of the board to the right side of the hole. Move your saw over ½ an inch and make another cut. 

Cut the small piece between the two cuts all the way out and use a file to smooth around the groove and hole. This is the groove that will hold the top of your poles. Continue to do this for the first four holes. 

When you get to the fifth hole, you will want to make a 45 degree cut going the opposite direction. This has to be done so that your cut doesn’t go off the edge of the board.


For the Bottom Board:

Create the same five marks you did for the top board. Start 2” from the left and 1.5” from the front. Continue to mark all five spots.

Use a circular saw to cut 1 ½” holes with the mark you made at the center. The center of these holes should line up with the center of the holes on the top board. 

For the Mounting Brackets:

Next, you need to cut two identical pieces of wood that will be your mounting brackets. We chose to have them the same shape as the top and bottom boards, but slightly smaller (2X16 inches).


Give all your wood pieces a good sanding.

Glue one mounting bracket at a 90 degree angle to the top board and one to the bottom board.

Clamp the board and mounting bracket together, and let the wood glue dry completely.

Paint your completed project if desired.

To attach your completed fishing pole holder to the wall, simply drill two holes in the mounting bracket and attach using regular screws or sheetrock screws.