Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

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Old Man River
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Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Old Man River » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:37 pm

Hello everybody... I have been exploring the site, and a couple of weeks ago saw the posts re Richard Walker style landing nets. It made me think that seeing as I have every day free and a small workshop to play in, perhaps I could have a go at making one.

I should add that this is a very first attempt, and the only tools used are.

Hand Jack plane.
Chisels.
Dewalt Battery drill / several misc drill bits.
Old Carving Knife.
Hammer.
Hacksaw.
Tenon Saw
Tin Snips.
G.Cramps.
Small Hobby Bandsaw.
A very old tap and die set, plus a borrowed 6m Hand tap.
A couple of Files .
Sandpaper/wire wool

The total cost of this whole Net pole and Net frame as seen in the below photos ,so far comes out at a staggering £9.00 for raw materials, these being two bamboo poles, a stainless Knob for the bottom of the Landing net pole, and 2 x 6m Dome head set screws.
All the other bits came from articles l have found in my workshop.
The Brass straps for the hinges and net top string holders are actually made from an old Brass inner letter box cover, the American Oak spreader etc is made from a spare Oak kitchen door unit, left over after a new kitchen was fitted.The stainless plates that form the
Sides of arm hinges are from a single stainless steel plate that I was given some years ago to make a few lures from.
I already had the Yacht varnish, epoxy resin, and 3/8 bsf Studding from a tripod I made some years ago.I have a lot of whipping thread from my rod building hobby, so that was no,problem.
The 3/8 bsf brass female thread for the top of the pole was from the top of an old bent alloy bank stick which had been thrown in a corner for a few years.

I have shamelessly "stolen" ideas from several different net models from this website, and the result I think is OK for a first attempt.
I now need to find a reasonably priced net to fit to the frame, one that looks ok, preferably a nice green one .The net arms are 32 inches long , so if anybody has any suggestions please let me know.

I have a few small things to do to the frame, it needs a few intermediate whippings, just belt and braces really as the arms are laminated from two pieces of split and planed bamboo, I may put a couple of extra brass rivets through the brass hinges,and add some whipping, a few more coats of varnish, and the top net string that runs between the arms,that apart, its
finished.

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I dont think it is up to the standards of some of the nets shown on the forum, but my intention was to keep costs down to a bare minimum, and for £9.00 so far I am quite happy. The net arms will support a tested weight of 30lbs plus, I am amazed at the strength of the laminated cane, I am already thunking of a Mk 2 version, with a much adapted spreader, I have no access to any workshop machinery apart from that noted above, so it will be another experiment.

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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Loop Erimder » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:16 pm

That looks great.... I have a net I purchased from Bendsomecane and at some point I shall attempt to make another....well done indeed
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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Mark » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:35 pm

That looks very nice indeed.
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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by GhyllManor » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:41 pm

Well done you, very nice indeed.

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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Stuart Whiting » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:47 pm

Arh, now that does look good, nice one Dave, you seem to of done quite a bit more to it since when I last see the pic of it last week or so, as mentioned earlier mate that is gonna be one nice net when it's all done :Hat:

New landing net mesh can be purchased from the Tackle box, Dartford, Kent and they do mail order :Thumb:

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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Crucian » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:57 pm

Very nice indeed :Hat:

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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Wallys-Cast » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:51 pm

Excellent use of scrap materials. Recycling at its best. :clap: :clap:

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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by The Sweetcorn Kid » Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:58 pm

Impressive!!
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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Chris Bettis » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:10 am

That is a very impressive net and all the more so considering the costs involved. Well done indeed.

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Re: Another Very cheap Richard Walker style Net !

Post by Paul D » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:08 am

Very good, How satisfying to make something out of scrap materials :Hat:
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