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Tools needed for this project:
- Impact Driver
- PVC Pipe-Cutter
- Handsaw (or your cutting instrument of choice)
- Dremel Tool
- Beer Bottle
Materials needed for this project:
- 13x13 Milk Crate
- 1 1/4” or 1 ½ “PVC Pipe
- 45 degree elbow
- Stainless Steel bolts
- Nylon lock Nuts
- Spray Paint
Step 1: Using your handsaw or cutting instrument of choice, cut the PVC pipe into the size that will work for you as rod holders. The way Aliex did it is by measuring a length of pipe that is roughly the same length as the width of the milk crate and then cutting all the pieces the same length. You should end up with four pieces of pipe, all of equal length.
Step 2: Place the four pieces of pipe, upright, next to the four outside corners of the milk crate. Use a pencil and mark the spots on the pipe for drilling holes. Then, drill two, 1/2 inch holes, in each pipe.
Step 3: Use a Dremel tool to smoothen the ends of the PVC pipes as well as the holes you drilled in each one.
Step 4: Use a heat gun to heat the top end of the PVP pipe and then stick the neck of a beer bottle in the hole to mold the shape. Quickly place the pipe in cold water so that it retains the shape. Repeat this process for all four of the PVC pipes.
Step 5: Drill two holes in each corner of the milk crate to correspond with the holes in the PVC pipes. These holes are where you will be attaching the rod holders to the crate.
Step 6: Use a screwdriver or impact driver along with the stainless steel bolts and nuts to attach the rod holders securely to the crate. Be careful if you choose the impact driver that you don’t damage the plastic.
Step 7: Give your new heavy duty milk crate a nice coat of paint.
Optional Extra: For Trolling applications, Aliex also cuts two additional pieces of PVC pipe and then connects them using 45% Elbow and zip ties