The first step - Selecting lumber for hoops and ripping material.
When starting a batch of nets I hand select straight grain lumber for the hoops. After I have selected 7 -10 different species of lumber. I rip them on the table saw to the thickness that I use. As I rip up each board they are stacked on a cart in slots to hold them flat. When all the strips are ripped, I select the pattern and woods for each net. I use five lamination for each net. Making them extremely strong and very nice to look at. I tape both ends so they stay together through the steaming process.