Portable Hammock Stand

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Project by Spur posted 01-01-2015 05:17 PM 1671 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 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):

6 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
2 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
2 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

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 07:51 PM

I’ve also been interested in sleeping in a hammock rather than a tent, but, how do you deal with the bugs? A sleepless night, or a completely bit face in the morning doesn’t sound like fun. Please do tell. Nice stand!

-- --bch

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#2 posted 01-01-2015 09:30 PM

You can make a net or purchase one that would go across the ridgeline and surround you. I also have a hennesy hammock which has the netting built in but for winter getting an under quilt that also accommodates the entrance to the hammock is a challenge, so I use it for summer and an open hammock for winter. Deet also works. If it is summer, skeeters can actually bite through thin clothes and the hammock. Placement is important too, but can only help so much (away from water and such).

Winter is the cold butt syndrome because of the nice convection going on beneath you but bugs are much less a nuisance. Hammock is awesome for summer because it is cooler vs a tent which gets stifling on warm evenings.

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 02:18 PM

Good job on the stands. I have been looking for a way to use my hennesy hammock on camp outs when limited with tree selection. Love my hammock, wouldn’t go back to a tent.

-- Ed

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