At Measure Net, we believe helping students build a love for the outdoors is an important part of any education. To help schools accomplish this we have created a program that teaches shop students how to make their own fishing nets. If you feel like this program would be a great fit for your school just send us an email or give us a call. We would be more than happy to help you implement this program or something similar into your shop class.
Phone: (406) 531-6858
Types of Wood:
• 4/4 hardwood lumber (four quarter wood)
Best for Bending:
• Ash • Walnut • Hackberry
Can also use:
• Cherry • Hickory
Select boards with straight grain - free of knots, cracks, or wavy grain.
4/4 hardwoods typically are 13/16-1" in thickness not surfaced. Best to start with the full thickness so that once the net is assembled and sanded down, it is still at or above 3/4 of an inch. Joint edge of the board before ripping to guarantee better consistency in rips.
1. Using a table saw rip thin wood strips:
4/4 (1 inch thick) hardwood lumber. Strips should be ripped oversize, then surfaced on both sides with a planer or drum sander to guarantee thickness (very important for good bending).
Small wood net frame - 35 inch circumference:
Using 3 strips, rip 1/8th in thick and 55 inches long
Using 2 strips, rip 3/16th inch thick and 55 inches long
Using 1 strip, rip 5/16th inch and 55 inches long
Medium wood net frame - 40 inch circumference:
Using 3 strips, rip 1/8th in thick and 60 inches long
Using 2 strips, rip 3/16th inch thick and 60 inches long
Using 1 strip, rip 5/16th inch and 60 inches long
Large wood net frame - 47 inch circumference
Using 3 strips, rip 1/8th in thick and 72 inches long
Using 2 strips, rip 3/16th inch thick and 72 inches long
Using 1 strip, rip 5/16th inch and 72 inches long
Jr. Guide wood net frame - 58 inch circumference
Using 3 strips, rip 1/8th in thick and 80 inches long
Using 2 strips, rip 3/16th inch thick and 80 inches long
Using 1 strip, rip 5/16th inch and 80 inches long
2. Soaking or Steaming Wood Strips:
Using a PVC tube soak or steam strips for bending. If soaking, soak for 6 to 12 hours. If steaming, steam for 30 minutes. Must leave extra room in the soaking tube for wood to expand, don’t pack it tight with too many wood strips.
• Soaking = 6-12 hours
• Steaming = 30 minutes
3. Forming the Strips:
After soaking immediately bend strips around the jig forms and tape the bottom ends together, let sit for 1 to 2 hours or until completely dry.
The upper part of the handle piece must contour to the bottom of the jig.
5. Glue each strip together
then place and glue handle piece between strips and clamp to the jig.
Starting at top of the net clamp generously clamping around the entire net down along the handle.
Let sit for 12 to 24 hours.
6. Cut off any extra strip length
that exceeds the handle.
7. Sand with a drum or belt sander
or by hand.
8. Stain, let dry for 24 hours
A good marine lacquer or exterior polyurethane should be used for the finish. Minimum of three coats. For best results apply 5+ coats, sanding lightly with fine sandpaper between coats.
9. Zip on Measure Net bag
Measure Net supplies the jig forms ($10 each) and Measure Net bags that zip on the hoop for the finishing touch. We can also supply the handle outline and measurements for the small, medium and Large nets.
Please email Jeff@measurefish.com for pricing on the Measure Net bags, jig forms, and handle outlines. Or call us at (406) 531 -6858