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RR Nets - Custom Wood Fishing Net Duo for Father/Brother Gift

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Project by kylesaari posted 08-26-2018 12:52 AM 1509 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I apologize in advance for the amount of pictures here!

I was asked a few months ago to build a set of semi-matching nets as a gift for a brother and father. After a few back and forth messages, we decided on the hoop shape, handle material and length. I was excited for these nets in particular because the client wanted to use a piece of wood I hadn’t used – fiddleback myrtlewood (still trying to figure out the exact definition of curly v. fiddleback figure, and where the line is drawn between the two…). I acquired the myrtlewood a year back and just hadn’t had the opportunity to use it yet. This stuff looks amazing when a finish is applied! I actually hate working with the stuff, I found out, mainly because of the smell. Not too fond of the smell when sanding it… I am very pleased at how these turned out and am looking forward to seeing them in use!

Large net hoop is made of curly maple, sapele, maple, wenge, and bubinga. Small net hoop is made of canarywood, wenge, maple, and bubinga. Both handles are from fiddleback myrtlewood, curly maple, and walnut.
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Fiddleback Myrtlewood slab:

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Placement of the two net handles:

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Sorting the small net hoop wood strips:


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Gluing up the larger of the two nets (lotsa clamps…):

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First round of finish:

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Completed nets!

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Thanks for looking!

-- Custom wood fishing nets. https://www.ragingrivernets.com





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isotope

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#1 posted 08-26-2018 01:35 AM

Beautiful nets!
Beautiful pictures too.

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swirt

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#2 posted 08-26-2018 01:59 AM

Never apologise for too many photos. I enjoyed them all.
Amazing looking wood on the nets. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 08-26-2018 02:46 AM

WOW!!!! I have a strange urge to catch some fish. Nice nets

Thanks for showing us these, and I agree never too many pics.

That Fiddleback versus Curly is usually just a measure of the amount of and distribution of the curlies across the board. Everyone sees the boards where one edge of a 12’ long piece has some curl, and then we just need to look at the pic you show as laying out the 2 nets, and you can see you are covered completely, and the amount of curl is very close, and tight. As with most things in woodworking the exact difference is decided by the person doing the looking, and for a Fiddle maker Fiddle back is realllly tight, where any board with even one curl, could be called curly.

In the pics showing the throat, and handle, that is some fiddle back.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 08-26-2018 04:55 AM

Indeed beautiful finish and very good looking wood too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 08-26-2018 10:38 AM

Outstanding Design and workmanship, the finish is beautiful. Nerve to many good pictures they make the day.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mikeacg

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#6 posted 08-26-2018 11:13 AM

I am astounded by how beautiful these nets are! I have a BIL that would kill for something like that (and I never know what to get him for Christmas)... Thank you for sharing so many wonderful pictures!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Redoak49

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#7 posted 08-26-2018 11:36 AM

Thanks for all the pictures…the nets are astounding. The wood is beautiful.

I really liked to see the details and how you made it.

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kylesaari

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#8 posted 08-26-2018 02:03 PM

Thank you all for the supportive comments!
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Beautiful nets!
Beautiful pictures too.

- isotope

Thank you!


Never apologise for too many photos. I enjoyed them all.
Amazing looking wood on the nets. Well done.

- swirt

Never will again! I appreciate it!


WOW!!!! I have a strange urge to catch some fish. Nice nets

Thanks for showing us these, and I agree never too many pics.

That Fiddleback versus Curly is usually just a measure of the amount of and distribution of the curlies across the board. Everyone sees the boards where one edge of a 12 long piece has some curl, and then we just need to look at the pic you show as laying out the 2 nets, and you can see you are covered completely, and the amount of curl is very close, and tight. As with most things in woodworking the exact difference is decided by the person doing the looking, and for a Fiddle maker Fiddle back is realllly tight, where any board with even one curl, could be called curly.

In the pics showing the throat, and handle, that is some fiddle back.

- therealSteveN

I agree with all of this. It almost seems that “fiddleback” is in the eye of the beholder. I just wish there were a clear definition of “curls per inch,” or something like that to define fiddleback. I guess that’s the beauty/challenge of working with figured wood. You would be amazed to see the myrtlewood slab up close. The curl is hard to count in some areas. There is no point in the board where it stops! Thanks for the explanation!


Indeed beautiful finish and very good looking wood too.

- majuvla

Thank you, Ivan!

Outstanding Design and workmanship, the finish is beautiful. Nerve to many good pictures they make the day.

- oldrivers

Thank you very much!


I am astounded by how beautiful these nets are! I have a BIL that would kill for something like that (and I never know what to get him for Christmas)... Thank you for sharing so many wonderful pictures!

- mikeacg

Thanks, Mike! In the past, these nets have been commissioned as Christmas gifts of clients. I usually deliver the nets well before Christmas, and the client typically can’t/won’t wait to give it away!


Thanks for all the pictures…the nets are astounding. The wood is beautiful.

I really liked to see the details and how you made it.

- Redoak49

Thank you!

-- Custom wood fishing nets. https://www.ragingrivernets.com

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dustyal

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#9 posted 08-26-2018 03:18 PM

Pure craftsmanship. And, you can never have enough photos.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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LesB

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#10 posted 08-26-2018 04:14 PM

You did a great job on the nets.

Many years ago I made some very similar. What I found is that they will last for ever because the recipients thought they were to nice to use so they just displayed them on the wall and used their old aluminum framed nets. LOL

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 08-26-2018 04:19 PM

Yep… Agree with what everyone has said. A brown trout would look really nice in there.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Ron Stewart

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#12 posted 08-26-2018 06:22 PM

Those are absolutely gorgeous. I can’t imagine actually putting something so beautiful in river/pond/lake water.

-- Ron Stewart

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#13 posted 08-26-2018 07:13 PM

Loved all the pictures! Amazing project. Beautiful work!

-- Petey

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#14 posted 08-28-2018 10:52 PM

ive seen many nets here and yours are some of the most beautiful ive seen,just gorgeous work,makes me want to out on the stream.as others said we love lots of pics, most dont show enough of there work.thanks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 09-03-2018 11:39 PM

Awesome!

-- Bryan

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