Dec 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm #1311497
Generally, I don't make stuff. I'm just not very good at it, largely because I have very little patience, which always leads to mistakes. But I found this really easy hammock stand plan on the net (thanks to somebody's recent post, can't remember who or in what thread), made a quick trip to Home Depot and spent yesterday afternoon cutting and drilling and putting the thing together. Only had to make three separate trips to the Depot too! Total cost (not including the new drill bit) was around $39.
I've already got my Traveller set up in it, gonna test it out tonight! Along with my EE 30 degree quilt, and my Hammock Gear 20 degree incubator under quilt. Supposed to drop into the high 30s tonight, so not much of a test, but it's all I got!
A couple of pics, one of the 'bare' stand, and one with my hammock attached.Dec 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm #2058363
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
Nice job Doug! Always fun to try out gear in the backyard. Do you have internet out there?Dec 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm #2058364
Thanks Kat. I do have internet out there, but don't plan on using it. Heading to bed in a few and just plan on sleeping til morning! It's my first night in the Traveller as well, I've only used a Blackbird before.Dec 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm #2058371
Good looking stand Doug. I need to get back on that project here. Only have one tree. I found I travel too far in a Traveler. Kept waking up with my legs out in the cold air, over the edge of the hammock.Dec 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm #2058377
"I found I travel too far in a Traveler. Kept waking up with my legs out in the cold air, over the edge of the hammock."
I'm a little worried about that myself from the few moments I laid in it to check the setup. I might get someone to sew a couple of tabs on the side so I can run some cord over the ridge line to keep the sides of the hammock up.
Edit: BTW, this is the stand plan I used: http://www.dream-hammock.com/photos/Misc/Stand/PHSplans.pdfDec 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm #2058395
@jumpbackjackLocale: Armpit of California
Nice job, that's the same stand I built.
My only draw back was it's limitation on hammock lenghts, my longer MYOG hammocks don't really work well since they tend to be longer than the average hammock, it works great for the hammock I made for my wife, I just need to make a longer version for my hammocks.
Don't get me wrong I can still use this stand on my hammocks, but I have to hang the hammock up so high on the eye lets that it's hard for me to get inside, I almost need a ladder. LOL
JackDec 29, 2013 at 7:29 am #2058445
@meldLocale: The here and now.
How is the stability perpendicular to the hang? Sometimes I like to swing a little.Dec 29, 2013 at 7:55 am #2058458
Don't know, don't swing, but I don't think it would be an issue unless you were really swinging hard from side to side.Dec 29, 2013 at 9:28 am #2058493
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Great job, Doug!
And good for you on tackling the myog stand.Dec 29, 2013 at 10:02 am #2058500
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
I bypassed making a hammock stand by sinking two treated 4×6 posts in the back yard. Surprisingly, you don't want anything smaller than a 4×6.
I landscaped the back yard last summer and worked a level 12'x12' patch of grass into the design, so I have a place to experiment with shelters and my hammock poles span that area. A small folding table can be set next to my hammock for a cold drink and I have wifi access so I can watch Netflix in my phone, or surf BPL of course.Dec 29, 2013 at 11:07 am #2058523
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
The stand, the Traveller, your quilts etc?Dec 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm #2058623
Stand worked great – meaning it didn't break! :-)
It was really too warm to give the quilts any kind of real test, but I was toasty top and bottom. Even had to vent a bit as I got too warm (it barely got below 40). I was wearing my Paty Cap4 EW tops and bottoms, a fleece hat (which I pretty much took off), and a pair of possum down socks. No gloves.
Traveller was okay, but I think I prefer the Blackbird. I didn't slip out of it like Ken (of course I rarely move much when I'm in a hammock), but I like the feel of the Blackbird better.
Slept very well though, as I always do in a hammock. Pup woke me up at 4, so I got up and went inside, taking down the tarp and hammock and bringing everything but the stand in. Started raining around 5-6, and didn't stop til about an hour ago, so glad I brought everything in when I did.Dec 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm #2058701
Good job on the stand, Doug! As for the cold feet issue, try adding a "Knotty" mod on your hammock, both sides. It makes a cheap, easy foot box that will keep your top quilt in the hammock, as well as your feet.
MattJan 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm #2059814
Stand looks sturdy and nice. great job on the build.
Now this is extreme:-)
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