|Project by Spur||posted 01-01-2015 05:17 PM||1015 views||5 times favorited||3 comments|
I am pretty active in the scouts and a lot of my projects center around scouting lately. My oldest son is a boy scout who has recently decided he wants to camp in a hammock rather than in a tent. Since I am a huge proponent of testing gear out prior to taking it into the wild, I needed a means to suspend 2 hammocks while having a deficit of trees close enough together to get a proper hang from I scoured the internet for ideas and happened upon one at hammockforums.net called the TurtleDog hammock stand. My youngest son is the one in the hammock in the picture.
I was skeptical but for a total cost of about $100 for 2 pairs of stands I figured I can risk it, even if the stand is not strong enough for my 6’3” 245 lbs, at least the wife and kids can use it.
It took me longer to buy the materials than it did to build it. About one hours worth of work for both pairs and I was done. By golly this sucker is strong enough to hold me without any issues!!!
The ridgeline (fence rail) is cut in half collapsible for storage and since the forces on it are compressive, it has little flex. I used temporarily some ratcheting straps to adjust height of the hang until I can tweak and dial in the structure for final lengths of the tripod. You can add another section of fence top rail to the ridgeline to extend the distance between hang points. Just make sure one end has the narrower, connecting part. I can now set up hammocks anywhere in my yard, or take it apart to 6’ and strap it to the roof rack for camping in meadows or where trees are not appropriately spaced or where hanging hammocks from trees is prohibited.
Materials (per pair):
2"x2"x8' lumber (choose knot free and as straight grained as possible, no easy task at the box store) cut down to about 6.5' Heavy Duty gate hinge
s hooks to hang from one of the holes in the hinge (had to slightly drill out the hole to fit the hook) 1/4” x 2.5” bolts and washers/nuts to go with it
3/8" x 6" eye bolts with 2 nuts and 2 washers each. 10’6” section of fencing top rail (cut in half so that I can use the narrow end in the center of the ridgeline and take it apart when not in use)
Hammock and hanging supplies
-- Henryk, South Carolina