Steam Bending #3: Steam Bending Trout Fishing Nets: Shaping and Finishing

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Blog entry by Retsof posted 10-18-2012 02:11 AM 3646 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while since I posted my last update on this project and I’ve made a lot of progress.

Once I got the basic shaping and sanding done, I had to stop until I found the net bags that I wanted to use on the frames. As of this week, I have everything I need to finish the nets, so here are some more photos to show you what I’ve done so far:

Here is net #2 after bending, but before glue up. This photo gives a good look at how I pegged my circles to the melamine base board (this circle has a 9” diameter). This worked really well and allows me to switch out the circles to make nets of several different sizes using the same base board.


Most of my shaping was done on my Rigid orbital spindle sander (one of my favorite tools) which was a huge time saver. I finished up with lots and lots of hand sanding using several foam blocks in grits of 60, 100, 180, and 220:


I “got my groove on” by hand. I had started out trying to create a jig to help me carve them with my Dremel tool, but after wasting a few hours, I found that I had much better control and it wasn’t that difficult to just do it by hand using a small half-round file followed by my 1/4” chisel and then more sanding.

I measured for the lacing holes based on the net bags (found on eBay) and I made myself a small wood block that I clamped to the frame to keep the holes equally spaced. The groove protects the 200lb test dacron line that holds the net bag to the frame, but it also makes it very easy for me to drill the holes in the frames.


In these photos, the nets are hanging up for five coats of Minwax Marine Spar Varnish. The photos were taken between coats two and three.


Net #1 was made of walnut and alder with a walnut handle, Net #2 was made with walnut and cherry with a maple handle, and Net #3 was made of all walnut. Because I cut my strips 3/8” thick, I only used two strips per net. The next time I make one, I’m going to try to cut my strips 1/4” thick so I can use a three strip lamination in each hoop just for style.


I have a few more steps to complete and a few more tips to discuss once the varnish has hardened so I’ll post a final update with more photos after I have all the bags laced into the frames.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.



-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 11:58 AM

Very nice nets. Being an avid fly fisherman I always key in on anything having to do with fishing on LJ. Will follow your progress here on the nets.

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 09:52 PM

Very Nice, thanks for the info!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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