Steam bent fishing net

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Blog entry by TomGrin posted 02-10-2018 05:24 PM 1890 reads 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I use a PVC pipe for my steam box. I used to use a hot plate and a pressure cooker with a 3/4” hole drilled in the lid and a hose into the steam box. I found a wallpaper steamer at a yard sale and have set it up to steam into the PVC. I cut the strips into 1/8” x 6’ strips and steam them for four to six hours depending on the wood type. once I take them out of the steamer, I put them in the jig made out of plywood.

I let the strips dry overnight. I cover the jig with wax paper so the epoxy won’t stick. I glue the strips and handle insert together. the great thing about the handle insert is that it only takes a small piece of wood.

I use the West system epoxy.

After it dries, I run it through the thickness planer. Then round the edges with a router and sand everything smooth. I cut the groove for the string using this jig I made for my table saw.

After the groove is cut, I lay out and drill the holes to attach the net to the body. I have different strings I use for different nets.

I use a small crochet hook to pull the netting through the holes and use a fly line backing to string the netting into the net. After it’s tied, I pull the netting tight into the holes.

The biggest problem I have is people not using them to catch fish. They say they are too pretty to use.
Thanks for reading.
Let’s make some sawdust!

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#1 posted 02-10-2018 06:35 PM

Nice net. I made nets for awhile still have the forms. As an option for the net. Look up Measurenet. They zip on make installing the net much easier. I did a few threading the net then found and easier way.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 02-10-2018 08:56 PM

Cool project thanks for sharing. It’s almost that time of year in the west. (-:

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 05:49 AM

Thank you for the blog. Your nets are beautiful! I’m going to try to make a couple.

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#4 posted 05-03-2018 02:06 AM

Looks fantastic. I make several of these myself…they are fun little projects. I cut my groove by hand, but it’s very problematic. I love the idea of the groove jig you made, but I can’t picture it in use. Any chance you could post a pic or two using the jig to see how it works?

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#5 posted 05-30-2018 11:41 AM

Here is the groove jig in use. I had the saw off for the pictures. Two hands are a must to keep the net against the jig.

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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Mike Vettori

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#6 posted 05-31-2018 01:58 PM

Now I understand…great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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