Fishing Net Part One

I recently returned from a very nice fishing trip with a friend where we caught many, and some large, rainbow trout. They were feisty fish, with some extra spunk and I had a hard time landing and releasing some of them, which convinced me that I need a landing net. 

A quick trip to my local fishing shop caused me to develop a serious pain in my wallet grabbing hand. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay double for a net what I paid for my best fly reel. 

Oh, I could buy a cheap aluminum handled net for $14, but at least two of the fish I caught would have bent it out of shape and the fish may not have even fit (yeah, yeah, a likely fish story!). Watching episodes of fishing with Brian Chan, I fell in love with his nice wood-framed net. But wow are they expensive! I can’t judge the makers for that, because I know how much the materials cost and how much work it takes. From that perspective, they are a steal, which leads me to believe they are probably factory-made. Never-the-less, I figured I could make my own for the cost of the wood and a $10 replacement net. 

I cut three strips of wood out of maple and walnut and steam-bent them around a jig I made. I thought I would need more clamps but the wood was very compliant as I plied it around the bends. After drying overnight, I glued the strips together around the same jig, with Gorilla Glue, which is waterproof and easy to work with. 

Reject Handle

I ditched my first handle idea because I did not like the length after laying it out. I also wanted to have dark inside and light outsides – an aesthetic choice of my own. 

Accepted Handle

Once all this was ready, I needed to glue the net rim to the handle. Someone thinking ahead would have done this at the same time as gluing the strips together but, hey, this is a first for me and I’m making it up as I go along. 

Is that a ridiculous setup for gluing, or what? Did I tell you that I am making this up as I go along? If you missed that, the above set of clamps should tell you all you need to know! 

Next I will drill the holes for the net and start shaping the curves. Stay tuned! 


Live Edge Coffee Table

This is normally my woodcarving blog, but I occasionally make other pieces of furniture. Most recently, I have been working on a crosscut out of an old cedar tree that my dad cut down from our yard in Hope, BC a long time ago.

Live edge coffee table scraped

This was a lovely slice of wood that was not so lovely to try to smooth out. Dad cut things with his chainsaw and left them pretty rough, so I had to take my angle grinder to this to get it basically smooth, and then a belt sander with 50 grit sandpaper, and then through a series of smoother grits. Finally I got down to hand scraping and 400 grit sandpaper.

Removing the bark wasn’t so bad because I was able to peel it of and finish it up with a flap wheel sander. Finding the legs was fun too. After researching options on the web, I walked into Napiers Antiques in Milner, a small heritage town in the Langley township area. It didn’t take long for the owner to ask me what I was looking for. When I explained it, he said, “I have EXACTLY what you want. Follow me.” He took me to a set of four hairpin legs that were EXACTLY what I was looking for.

Live edge coffee table legs

After aligning them on the underside of the table, I marked their locations with a square and a felt marker. I ensured they were level and screwed them in place.

Next, I finished it with my favourite finish – a mixture of linseed oil and beeswax. I think it turned out ok. What do you think?