Low Profile Rod Holders

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by sgt_rob, May 4, 2006.

  1. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    I got tired of my rod holders hanging over the edge of the boat and getting hung up under the pier so I whipped up these low profile rod holders out of 1/4" rod or gutter nails and some angle iron from an old bed frame.

    Cut the angle iron 6" long and the 1/4" rod or gutter nails at 7", Since I needed to build 12 of these things, I build a jig out of some scrap I had laying around.

    You'll need a welder to tack the rod to the angle iron and a torch to bend the rod into shape. I fastened mine to the side rails of my boat with 3/16" rivets.

    Cut to length, drill rivet holes and round the corners of the angle iron.

    Cut to length the 1/4" rod or use a 7" long gutter nail.

    Weld one end of the rod to the angle iron, heat and bend the rod into shape around the jig then weld the other end of the rod to the angle iron.

    Clamp the rod into a vise then heat and bend the proper angles into the rod.

    Prime, paint and fasten them to your boat then go fishing!

    Be aware! If you chose to use Steel instead of Aluminum and you mount these on an Aluminum boat, you are mixing dissimilar metals and they will corrode. If I had the capability to weld Aluminum, I would have built these out of Aluminum.
     

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  2. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    More pictures follow
     

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  3. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    sgt_rob Member

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    The last pic. Let's go fishin'!
     

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  6. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    I like it, and are you taking orders? Neat idea, I think that this should be in the library, I don't have the welding skills required yet nor a welder, neat all together. Great job man!!!!

    Aaron

    TA2D
     
  7. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    I like what you did. I also am a do it myselfer. I would rather make it ,than buy it usually. it is the satisfaction factor. great job and idea. :eek:oooh:
     
  8. confederate

    confederate New Member

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    That is a great job looks very professional...2 thumbs up
     
  9. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    Looks good :)... Very similar in design to the Bee Ready rod holders so as long as your welds are good, those should be really good and not give you much problem :)
     
  10. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    Well, I might as well take them off because my welding is horrible!

    Thanks
     
  11. gilly

    gilly New Member

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    those look great...how much time to complete one and about how much in materials?
     
  12. sgt_rob

    sgt_rob Member

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    I ran out of gutter nails so I spent $4.50 for a 6' section of 1/4" Rod. I had an old bed frame that served as the angle iron. As far as time goes, if you build a jig, it goes quick. Running them in an assembly line fashion makes it go by fast. Then of course you have to watch the paint dry...........
     
  13. cuttingout69

    cuttingout69 New Member

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    Rob that looks good, I was wondering where you had been. I know now, you have been working hard on another good idea. Good job, I like that.
     
  14. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    Thats a great idea. I don't like my poles to high in the air and you could make those as high or low as you like'em. Great post
     
  15. Buddrice

    Buddrice New Member

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    Rob,thats a great idea and very nice job well done.
     
  16. loop

    loop New Member

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    Very nice set up you might wany to round off the corners of the angle iron for safty reasons other than that great job.
    Loop
     
  17. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    Great idea, good job, and if you worried about di-electric connections and 2 dissimiliar metals, maybe ya could put some kinda foam or plastic strip in-between the angle and aluminum to prevent the contact. or even old inner tube strips.
     
  18. justwannano

    justwannano Active Member

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    Hey great idea and plans to go with it.Cool.
    thanks
    the best to ya
    just