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Kick-Seine Net Construction

Materials Needed:

A 4 1/2 x 4 foot section of netting and 8-9 feet of lead line for each net.
Two 54-inch wooden poles (1-inch dowel rods or broom handles ) for each net, strong sewing thread, string.

Equipment Needed:

Sewing machine, sewing needles, drill and 1/8< bit, scissors.

Construction Procedure:


  1. To prevent fraying before you construct the net, all edges should be folded over and hemmed to prevent snags.
  2. Lay pre-cut materials ( netting, lead line and poles) out flat on the floor or a table.
  3. Lay doubled lead line on the bottom of net and roll bottom edge of net up over lead line. Sew this channel closed with a sewing machine.
  4. Secure lead line in net to prevent it from bunching up at one end or the other by tightly sewing by hand (needle of sewing machine would break if it strikes the lead core of line.) Leave space (4 inches) at each end of net (at the end of the lead line) to create channels for poles. You might need to trim excess lead line off to create this space.
  5. Using a sewing machine, create a channel (by folding net over on itself) on each end of net for pole to slide into. This channel should be fairly tight. Drill 3 holes in poles. One at the bottom, middle and about 10 inches from the top.
  6. Insert poles into the channels of the net. Tie the net to the poles by threading string through the net and drilled holes. Do not cut holes into net, but feed the string through the netting and into the holes.




Authors: Stephen Meehan and Maureen Nolan
Multimedia Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 23, 1996