How to build a custom wood fly fishing landing net

A short narrow bench , or stout saw horse with built in or removable clamps makes shaping, and sanding the landing net frame much easier. This one is made from a recycled 4x10 scrap, a pair of recycled table legs and some home made built in bench clamps, using 3/4” all thread some nuts, washers, and shop made handles by tack welding an L-shaped piece of 3/8” steel rod toa heavy duty nut at one end of the all thread..
A short narrow bench , or stout saw horse with built in or removable clamps makes shaping, and sanding the landing net frame much easier. This one is made from a recycled 4x10 scrap, a pair of recycled table legs and some home made built in bench clamps, using 3/4” all thread some nuts, washers, and shop made handles by tack welding an L-shaped piece of 3/8” steel rod toa heavy duty nut at one end of the all thread..

A short narrow bench , or stout saw horse with built in or removable clamps to hold the fishing net frame in various positions, makes shaping, and sanding both the landing net frame and handle much easier. This one is made from a recycled 4x10 Doug Fir scrap, a pair of recycled table legs and some home made built in bench clamps, using 3/4” all thread, some nuts, washers, and shop made handles by tack welding an L-shaped piece of 3/8” steel rod to a heavy duty nut at one end of the all thread..

Shaping the net frameShaping the net frame with belt sanderShaping the net frame with raspsUsing the Delta drum sander to level and true the net frame and handle.

Using the Delta drum sander to level and true the net frame and handle after being glued, and removed from the form.

A bench top, or larger belt/disc sander, or inverted portable belt sander  works very quickly for removing the glue and dimensioning or shaping the landing net frame and handle, but can remove too much material if care is not taken.. A Nicholson #49 or #50 pattern makers rasp works very fast, and leaves a smoother surface than the  inexpensive course rasp found in most hardware stores, or like you get with a “4 in 1” type file/rasp. That means you have to do less sanding to remove the deep grooves these leave, Course files like a half round bastard, or a second cut file cane also be used, they remove less wood, and are less likely to leave grooves like rasps, and tear out large chunks, especially at the edges of the landing net frame. 60 grit or 80 grit sandpaper can be used for shaping and will remove file and rasp marks, and a fair amount of wood in the process. Abrasives are better to use on highly figured and exotic woods because they are less likely to damage the wood, but the dust can be toxic, so always wear a dust mask.. I haven’t used Surform tools for shaping the landing net frames and handles, but they should be ok  for rough shaping.only. Once the frame and handle are shaped to the desired thickness, width and section, I use 120 grit sandpaper followed by 220 grit to get the wood surface ready to start finishing.