I made one today! Works great.
I made one today! Works great.
i ended up getting the cedar 2x2s which were almost double the cost of the others, I think they were pine. Only way I could find ones that were straight and not full of knots. upped the cost of the project by 12-15 bucks
I live in MO. They were at home depot, just on the twisted, knotty remnants of the "normal" wood 2x2s. they were at least straight...er
yeah, I bought clear cedar 2x2s for the wife's. They were in Lowe's, right next to the pine 2x2s.
I joined the TurtleDog Stand Club last week. I am a very happy camper. I spend my work week hanging in my brother's backyard so I don't have to commute or sleep on his couch. The stand is a joy to use. I'll need to get it painted up and take pictures.
Thanks to all the designers and tweekers. Its a great stand.
Wow guys - I just finished reading this thread after reading the TurtleLady thread.
I just ordered my WBBB 1.7 DL, and I must say, this looks like my next project! I'm totally new to hanging (borrowed a friend's ENO DN last week and now here I am!).
The house we just purchased only has two large pin oaks in the yard, both about 3-4ft diameter and about 25 feet apart (just eyeballing it). I was a little disappointed that they are almost double the optimal distance apart, but this looks like the perfect solution. Also, great idea for hanging indoors without having to put hooks in the walls!
I'm 300#, slowly but surely shedding the pounds. What imporovements, if any, would you guys recommend for stands for my weight?
Can anyone give me some measurements for the angles you cut? The length of the cut from point to point should be enough (not the hypotenuse, but the adjacent side). I'm guessing something like 5 or 6 inches for the pivoting legs, and a little less on the hinged leg?
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In my stand, as I'm only #180, I figured to get away with angling the tops of the tripod legs in order to avoid using the cordage spread limiter. I also have my uprights a little more vertical than some. I think this helps keep the legs from trying to spread although it's a balancing act as it could potentially make it more tippy, but I've had absolutely no problem with mine. I also added rubber feet. That helps from sliding, spreading and from damaging the floor.
As I just built a second one for my nephew, I recall some of the particulars. I made the front pair of legs for my tripods 72" tall, gave them a 1/4" blunt tip and then angled them at 15*. This was to accommodate my desired width of 38" and to go with the hinges I had. (same hinges everyone is using, a 4" tee hinge from HD)
The "third leg" of each tripod is cut to 70" and then angled at approximately 25*. I'm afraid all of these measurements are approximate though as I really just did it so everything would line up and the holes in the uprights would be centered on the wood. But they are very close to what I ended up with.
So if that makes sense, after cutting the length, I then came in 1/4 inch and then angled down. (so I wouldn't have a fragile tip.) Like this:
I made two like the left one and four like the right one. Left is over 1/4" and down 2.5", right is over 1/4" and down 4.5".
I'm sorry this isn't more specific, but you'll have to adapt with whatever hardware and lumber you can find. BTW, my brother in law weighs about #280 and it held him no problem, although he didn't sleep in it. I think if I do another one, I'll have to make an actual pattern!
How tall are your tripods when set up? Am I correct that they are a bit narrower spread than most? I think that will be good for me because the more vertical they are the more weight they support. Careful not to go too far though, to avoid tipping.
I like the idea of angling the ends to avoid needing the spread limiter, not to mention it simply looks cleaner.
Great point about leaving 1/4" ... Wouldn't have thought of that until afterward.