My son and I are getting ready for a boy scout camp in the desert (no trees.)
We'll be able to drive to the spot yet not be able to park there.
So to be prepared I decided to fabricate a couple of hammock stands that require no tools, be simple to assemble and be very cheap to make using new common materials. Although I'd love to build one of the tensegrity stands (are those cool or what) I went with a design inspired from Risks website.
Trek Light Doubles.
Gathered End with rope channel and supplied rope; won't be using the carabiners.
3 @ 2"X4"X8' }$1.68
1 @ 1"X4"X8' }$1.38
10@ 5/16"X3" Gr2 bolts }$2 per pound
10@ 5/16" wingnuts } $0.50
20@ 5/16" Flat washers }$2 per pound
Handfull of wood screws }$1.50
1 @ 1/2" plywood chunk about 2' square }$1
2 @ screw hooks }$1
2 of the 2X4's were cut into 44" and 52" sections; If I ever make another I'll go 40" and 56"
The plywood was criss cross cut into 4 right triangles.
All of the hardware is housed in the upright stands (green)
The wing nuts were the expensive parts yet my son and I can put one together in about 2 minutes without tools and can break it down and they fit in an 8' length storage.
The cross members (red) seperate the stands at 96".
When we hang in the hammocks we clear the bottom tension member by around 8". I am 6'2" and 261lbs and my son is about 100lbs. With both of us in one hammock we were still about 8" up. As an added bonus we can use the compression member to assist with getting out of the hammock. Our camp is the weekend after next, I'll update this thread with the results.