Cut a piece of wire 11 meshes
Trim the wire by removing one
half mesh from both ends. See figures 1a and 1b. Your trimmed
section should begin and end on a half-mesh and contain 9 meshes in
You may wonder why this trimming is
necessary. Like a puzzle, all of the pieces need to fit together. If
this trimming were not performed, then the parlor would not fit properly
during assembly. Trust me on this!
Trim wire as shown
Wire properly trimmed.
Trimmed piece of wire ready to be
Note: The next time you make a
crabpot, when you are comfortable with what the parlor looks like, you
can skip all this trimming and simply cut the wire to fit directly from
the roll. The trimming is necessary only because I didn't want to
confuse the novice with "cutting on the half-mesh" and
"cutting a full-mesh in half," which have two entirely
Place a two-by-four across mesh #5.
Wire bent to form a "V" shape.
Properly bent piece of wire.
Make your first cut here.
Properly cut funnel.
Cut the funnels, leaving one
full mesh intact on each side. Make the funnels by cutting the wires
between three meshes (your funnels will be four hexagons wide.)
Figure 5a shows where to make your first cut, and Figure 5b shows a
Completed parlor ready for installation.