This past Father’s Day, my wife asked me to make a fishing pole stand for her stepdad. She thought it was a 20-minute deal, but I of course made it more complicated..
The two disks and the braces are cut from a pre-sanded laminated (pine, I think) board from Lowe’s, and the column is poplar. Weather-stripping is used to grip the rods, and felt circles are inset into the base (I didn’t have any cork). The column is actually larger than my lathe will handle, so I turned it in two pieces and glued it together with a dowel in the center for added strength. The top disk has a 2″ (or so) hole cut in the center and sits on a tenon with the top of the column flush with the tabletop. This gives the top some stability. The turning on the very top hides this connection, and is held in place with glue and another dowel. (That turning is supposed to look like a bobber, although I’m not sure how successful I was!) The top is stained and then protected with a ‘bar top’ finish, which allowed me to embed the fishhooks seen between the rod slots. The column is screwed into the base from below, as well as held in place by the braces. The whole thing sits atop a lazy susan mechanism. Click for a full-sized pic.