How Do You Build a Truck Bed Rod Holder?

Building a truck bed rod holder can be a great way to save money and have a custom rod holder for your truck. A rod holder is essential for any angler who wants to keep their rods safely stored while they travel. With some basic tools and materials, you can easily build your own rod holder that will last for years to come.

Gather Materials

The first step in building a rod holder is to gather the necessary materials. You will need a sheet of plywood, wood screws, wood glue, sandpaper, a drill and drill bits, wood clamps, and paint.

It’s also helpful to have a measuring tape and saw on hand as well. The size of the plywood sheet you need will depend on the size of the rods you plan on storing in it.

Cut Plywood

Once you have all of your materials gathered, it’s time to cut the plywood into the shape of your desired rod holder. You can either draw out your design with pencil onto the plywood or use an already pre-made template as your guide. Cut out the shape with a saw or jigsaw and then smooth out any rough edges with sandpaper.

Drill Holes

Next, you’ll need to drill holes along each side of the rod holder where you plan on storing your rods. The hole size should be slightly larger than your fishing rods so they can slide in easily without them getting stuck or damaged during transport.

Assemble Pieces

Once all of the pieces are cut and drilled, it’s time to assemble them together into one unit using wood glue and wood screws. Make sure everything is lined up correctly before tightening down the screws so that everything fits together snugly without any gaps or spaces between pieces.

Attach Clips

To ensure that your rods stay securely in place while traveling, attach some clips along each side of the rod holder where each fishing rod sits inside it. This will help keep them from sliding around during transport and prevent them from being damaged due to unexpected bumps in the road.

Paint & Install
The final step is to paint your new rod holder with an outdoor paint that won’t chip or fade over time when exposed to various weather conditions or temperatures. Once dry, install it into your truck bed by drilling screws through each corner into the bed frame for secure mounting.


Building a truck bed rod holder is an easy project that anyone can do with some basic tools and materials. It’s an inexpensive way to get custom storage for transporting fishing rods safely while traveling without having to buy an expensive pre-made model.

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Karen Watkins