Introduction: Make a Net With the Handmade Tool

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I am going to show you how to make a net and also a tool for making it.

All you need:

-a knife
-a saw blade
-a thread or a rope
-an ice cream stick or a piece of wood
-a flat piece of plastic or wood
-anything that can be used as a hook (a nail, a piece of wire etc)

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Step 2: Material for the Needle

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For the needle you will need a piece of wood (ice cream stick in this case), a small sharp knife and a saw blade.

Step 3: Make a Needle

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On one end (left) of he stick cut out about 5 mm from the middle as in the picture. (for the bigger stick you can cut out 10-20 mm).Using the knife, sharpen the other end and make a hole about 15 mm from the pointed end. Now cut out the wood about 15-20 mm from the pointed end, leaving a needle-like piece of wood in the middle. Widen the hole with the saw blade.

Step 4: Define the Size of Meshes

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Define the size of meshes with a little plate. The size of the mesh depends directly of the width of the plate. You can use a piece of plastic or wood.

Step 5: Roll the Thread on the Needle

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I am using bigger needle (also handmade) and a thicker rope so it can be seen better. Start rolling like in the picture.

Step 6: The Thread Is Rolled

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Now you can start making the net.

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Roll the thread over the plate twice and tide a knot.

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Hang the obtained mesh on a hook.

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Place the knot on the middle of the plate.

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Pull the needle through the mesh.

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Pull the thread tight, but make sure that it goes around the plate.

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Now you have 3 threads between the hook and the plate. Pull the needle under 2 threads on the right side, leaving 1 on the left. Make sure that the thread fixed to the needle goes over your left hand (if you are right handed).

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Pull the thread and you will obtain a knot.

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Now you have 2 meshes.

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Repeat these steps until you get the desired width of the net.

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The net is getting wider and wider.

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Put all the meshes in the upper row (one by one) on the hook. (In the step 15 I hold these meshes with my left middle finger, right index finger and right thumb).

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Now you can make the net lengthwise.

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Now repeat the steps from 9 to 13 to make the second row (to get the net longer) And add the rows until you obtain the desired dimensions of the net.

Step 20: The Finished Net

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You can use a net like this to make various objects (for keeping fish, for example). Be creative.

Step 21: Another Net (from Ordinary Rope)

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dcada (author)2014-10-03

Hey got a video of how to tie in detail or a diagram it would mean so much

VentureScout (author)2014-09-25

You make it look so easy, Thanks

VentureScout (author)2014-09-25

You make it look so easy, Thanks

benderbrasil (author)2013-11-20

this technique is widely used here in northeastern Brazil by subsistence fishermen, are well faster and pass this technique from generation to generation

luani (author)2013-11-20

I haven't heard of that name. I know how this tool looks like, but I came up with the idea of using an ice cream stick. Above all, I wanted to show how to use this tool for making a basic net that can be used for various purposes.

spiffygiffy (author)2013-11-19

The tool you made is called a Chinese Needle, or at least that is what I have heard it been called in the sailing industry.
How did you find the design or did you make it yourself?

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