How Do You Make a Truck Bed Rod Holder?

A truck bed rod holder is an invaluable tool for any angler who spends a lot of time fishing from the back of his or her truck. It provides a convenient place to store your fishing rods while you’re out on the lake or river, freeing up your hands to focus on the actual fishing. Building one can be done quickly and easily with some basic tools and materials.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

The first step in making a truck bed rod holder is to gather all necessary supplies. You will need: two 4-inch wood planks, two 2-inch wood planks, four 1-inch wood screws, drill, screwdriver, hammer, saw, measuring tape, sandpaper, and wood glue.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Using your measuring tape, measure out the length and width of your truck bed. Then use your saw to cut two 4-inch planks to match those measurements.

Next cut two 2-inch planks that are slightly shorter than the 4-inch planks. These will be used as supports.

Step 3: Assemble Frame

Lay one of the 4-inch planks down on a flat surface and place one of the 2-inch planks perpendicular to it. Secure this intersection with four 1-inch screws.

Then place the second 2-inch plank perpendicular to the other side of the 4-inch plank and secure it with screws as well. This forms a frame that will serve as the base of your rod holder.

Step 4: Attach Remaining Plank

Place the second 4-inch plank onto the frame so that it sits parallel with the other plank. Secure it using four more screws at each intersection point.

Step 5: Sand and Glue

Once all pieces are securely attached together, use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or splinters. Then apply some wood glue along all joints before wiping away any excess glue with a damp cloth.


Step 6: Finish Up

Once everything has dried thoroughly you’re ready to finish up by adding any desired decorations or paint job you may want for your rod holder. Once that’s done you’re ready to install it in your truck bed!


Making a truck bed rod holder is an easy project that can be completed in just a few steps using only basic tools and materials. With this guide you now have all you need to make sure you’ll never have trouble finding somewhere safe and convenient to store your fishing rods while out on the lake or river again!

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Stephen Dunn