Thanks for all the info!
My turtledog stand was a great success!
I used it at the state park for my fishing trip this weekend.
Notice the hard packed clay ground which I didn't have to sleep on...
Turtledog stands are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
"It's not the man who's catching lots of fish and shooting lots of game who's having fun, it's the chap who's getting ready to do it."
I see that some people place their hinge all the way at the end of the 2x2s and some people place it farther down and then either taper the ends with an angle or leave the ends whole. Other than having to use limiting cord on the legs, is there a benefit to having the hinges in one place over the other? Build wise, having the hinges at the end seems easiest, but if there is a structural reason for placing them farther in, then I would choose to do it that way.
If this was asked earlier in the thread, accept my apology, but I did not see it.
Having timber sticking out the top (and chamfered) gives you a limit stop, but it can cause a fair bit of leverage on the hinge, fixings and timber. I prefer to hobble the legs with a double-ended UCR l dreamt up.
I think I know what he means. Went ahead and did a build today (pics once it is stained and finished) and I put the hinge at the top. Because the hinge is at the top, the posts do not touch each other when expanding or collapsing, so I can make the angle different on each leg. You could set one leg to have a wider angle than the others so that it rested farther down a hill, thus keeping the rest of the set up level if needed.
This probably adds stress to the system, but gives you flexibility.
I will post a picture tomorrow when I am staining it with the legs at different angles to show.
I can't possibly read this ENTIRE thread, but I'll chime in anyways.
I've bought the hardware for a turtledog stand last weekend and ordered the wood from my local woodshop (impregnated 2x2's each 7' long).
The only thing I'm not 100% on are the zinc coated 8mm (5/16") shackles I bought, as there's no load rating on them that I know of.
As far as my google-fu can tell me they should be good for 600kg's each, so I'm just going to try them and see how they hold up.
Can't wait to build my new stand next weekend!
U should get ones that are rated
All rated items will have. Working load limit stamped on them
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