Anyone else build dip nets?

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  1. Pastor

    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    A couple of nets commissioned for 2 handicapped students. One has MS and the other is paralyzed from the waist down. He wanted them to be very long handled but light weight. Handles are cherry and designed just a bit thinner. The fishing will be primarily at a daily stocked spring branch that has some wheelchair accessible spots that allow safe access right up to the edge of the water.

    Those of you from Missouri might be familiar with the Missouri Disabled Sportsman organization but if not I'll encourage you to look them up. Each year they have an auction with all the proceeds being used to fund hunts for disabled persons. The building of these nets was auctioned off at that auction. Generally I donate the building of 2 nets with one going to the bid winner and one going to a veteran of his/her choice but this time the winner opted out of having his own net and chose these 2 students to receive them. I cant wait to finish these and get them in their hands. They look pretty rough until the finish shaping and sanding is done. 20210606_161553.jpg
     
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    they look like they will be dandies. About the same thing as a boat net for our drift boat. That cherry will look great with a little finish on them. I don't know if you have said, but what finish do you use?
     
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    Pastor Senior Refuge Member

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    I've been using this minwax spar varnish. It was recommended to me and seems to be holding up great. I like the semi gloss. 41Z24ey+mQL._AC_SS450_.jpg
     
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    I tried some varathane spar urethane, but didn't like how long it took to not be sticky. I'm using tru oil, it does take a lot of coats though, 5 or 6.
     
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    I've made a few more wade nets, a couple for my two son's and about to finish up this one for myself. I had to scrap several pieces to put the handle together and probably have enough to do two more wade nets or one more boat net. I guess I'll have to start buying wood again at that point. I sure enjoy the process, just something therapeutic about bending wood.


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    Woodduck31 Elite Refuge Member

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    I finished it up, stitched on the net and added the magnet for the fly vest attachment.


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    net number 6. Still some remnant black walnut from my dad's place, but still have to laminate up with blue pine. I get my nets from Fishpond and keep getting the little rubber rings, but no instructions that I can find in how to use them, not even on youtube. I figure if there are the same number, 18, rings as there are attachments they much bet something to make the stitching not cut through the net. At any rate I decided to try them out on this net to see. I know all the fishpond nets I set fail primarily when the sticking cuts through, so maybe this will help.


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