Building a Crabpot

Step 7.

Attaching the Top "U" Piece

Step 7.1

Figure 1a.

Figure 1b.

Figure 1c.

Figure 1d.
  • Locate the second "U" piece and orient it so that it is exactly opposite the bottom "U" piece (i.e., the bottom "U" piece forms the bottom, left and right sides whereas the top "U" piece will form the top, front and back.)
  • Gently place the second "U" piece down on top of the bottom "U" piece forming a cube (figures 1a, 1b, 1c, and 1d.)

Step 7.2

Figure 2a.

Figure 2b.

Figure 2c.

Figure 2d.
  • Along both bottom edges and one top edge (it doesn't matter which one), join the edges by wrapping the protruding wire ends around the selvage of the other piece. See figures 2a, 2b, 2c, and 2d.
Important Note:

You must join only one of the top edges. This edge will later become the "hatch" from which you will empty your catch.

Figure 2e shows one of the top edges properly left unfinished.

Figure 2e.

Step 7.3

Figure 3a.

Figure 3b.
  • Locate the seams where the selvages meet on the sides. These seams have no protruding wires in which to wrap so you'll need to use crabpot staples, spaced about every mesh, to fasten the edges together (see figures 3a and 3b.)
  • Perform this step to all four of the sides of the crabpot.

Note that when this step has been completed, your crabpot should form a nearly perfect cube with all sides (except one of the top edges) fastened together. All edges and corners should be smooth and finished, with the exception of the one unfinished top edge.

Step 7.4

Figure 4a.

Figure 4b.

Figure 4c.

  • Using crabpot staples, secure the two unfastened edges of the parlor to the sides of the crabpot. Usually two staples at the apex (figures 4a and 4b) and two staples along each sloping section (figure 4c.)

Step 7.5

Figure 5.

  • Your crabpot should now resemble that shown in figure 5.

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