|Project by amagineer||posted 10-31-2013 12:43 PM||1365 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
I was asked by the local brew master to make a fly fishing net for his father, who is an avid fly fisher. He wanted a custom net, so I made a drawing and after making changes to his request, I started. Having never made a net before, I tapped into some of the fishing net videos and realized it wasn’t straight forward as I had thought. I made some forms out of MDF, a stream tube out of 4” PVC pipe, a router jig for putting in the edge slot ( I also had to buy the slot cutter), and a drill press jig for putting in the holes in the slot. He wanted a “ghost net” (clear poly net) and a Birdseye maple handle with a piece of cocobolo in the middle. I chose the frame material; the outer is American Elm, then one Ash, four Black Walnut, one Ash, and one American Elm. I used the American Elm because of the grain, and how it matched the Birdseye maple. I drilled and tapped a hole in the end of the handle for inserting a brass threaded insert. I found an old patina threaded closed end hook, and with a little locktite thread locker fit perfect. I purchased a magnetic net release to attach to the hook. The net was attached with a braided nylon twine made for marine use.
I put a coat of Salad bowl finish to seal the net, and then applied a coat of System Three Spar varnish. After a week it was still tacky. I was beside myself as to what to do. I decided to ask my Lumberjock friend “Greg” for help. He guided me through the correct process. I want to thank Greg for all his help. After six coats of the spar varnish and polishing with a coat of wax, it was done. Thanks for looking and any comments welcome.
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