Fisherman’s Catch-All

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When you enjoy something as much as fishing, it’s a shame to simply prop your favorite rods into a corner of the garage or basement. This accommodating stand lets you store up to 10 rods in style, and provides two generous drawers for reels, string spools, and other accessories. In fact, the two main drawers each hold three no. 3700 Plano boxes (a handy size for holding all your lures, hooks and weights), so that when the fish are biting you can grab the tackle you need and stash the stuff you don’t. There’s also a secret third drawer, but we can’t say more than that right now. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be much of a secret.

This medium-sized project provides a nice excuse to hone your joinery skills. It features router-cut half and full sliding dovetail dadoes (shelves and drawer backs) and hand-cut through dovetails for the front joints of the drawers. To ease construction, we developed a half-dovetail dado jig that you can use to assemble large case projects without clamps. For step-by-step help for hand-cut dovetails, see “Demystifying Hand-cut Dovetails” on page 60. And to really jazz up the stand, consider adding the power-carved trout on page 70.

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