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post #1 of 3 Old 05-04-2015, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Wooden fishing net project

I've been looking into making a wooden framed fishing net , but instead of steam bending the wood is it possible for me to make it out of 1 solid piece of wood or laminate 2 different types of wood together ?
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I've made quite a few nets, and I recommend both laminating and steam bending. Laminating using contrasting colours of wood will improve the appearance of your project. The net frame needs to be at least 3/8" thick, and there is no way you're going to bend a solid piece that thick, with the radii you'll be dealing with, without breakage. Even with steam bending, it'll be much easier, and with less breakage, if you laminate three 1/8" pieces. Making a steam box is not difficult and once you have it, there will be an incentive to make more nets.
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And if you do a GREAT job, or even a not-so-great job, you should be able to find a market. Fishermen, especially fly fishermen, are suckers for such things.

Practice with a few. If they turn out okay, take the best and locate a sportsman's store - one that specializes in field and stream, with the emphasis on stream, rather than a basket ball, base ball, etc. type of place.

Offer the owner a commission, or outright sale to him for resale. Don't cheat yourself - research what hand-made or custom made fishing gear goes for. You might just be able to finance your hobby with them.
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