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A HOME-MADE FOLDING NET

A HOME-MADE FOLDING NET




      
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A HOME-MADE FOLDING NET


A HOME-MADE FOLDING NET

By L. W. MARTIN

A good deal of my angling equipment is home-made or home-improved. So when I saw in a sporting goods catalogue a landing net with a short folding handle which looked desirable to me. I set about to build one with fairly good results.

A piece of 3/8 inch hard maple, planed on both sides and shaped as in the diagram (A) made an excellent handle. For the sake of lightness and looks, I even cut a couple of mortises out of it (b-b). A piece of flour-barrel hoop, planed down to the desired weight and width with a spokeshave solved the mystery of the hoop.

For the throat piece another block of the h-inch maple was used (C) with a narrow strip of the same screwed on either side (c-c) to form a bed or socket for the end of the handle to rest n. The handle was attached to the throat block by a small hinge, which allowed it to swing from the center of the hoop to the bed where it fit quite snugly. Locking the handle in the open position was the next difficulty. This was finally met by forming an L-shaped trigger of spring brass, which was fastened to the underside of the handle with a couple of small screws. A small hole in the trigger fitted over a stud (D) in the rear of the throat block. The stud was made from another small screw with the head filed off. The trigger was left long enough so that it can readily be released from the stud by the index finger. When locked in place it is almost entirely free from strain.

A good coat of varnish completed the job. The net bag was not a difficult thing to make.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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