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    Air Chair ala BER--the sling chair

    [o]TTeR's magnificent work on his winter recliner renewed an interest I have had for a while: a low weight hammock chair to sling between two trees facing perpendicular to the plane of the trees. The hammock chairs I have previously seen have you facing one of the two trees. I wanted to face away from that plane with hopes that I can hang two side by side under a tarp so that my wife and I have a dry comfortable spot to wait out rain or cook during our canoe trips to the BWCA.

    Searching on line I found this for $39:

    But it weighs close to 7 pounds and hangs from a single overhead point.

    A bit of hack and slash with removal of the spreaders and native suspension. 5 dogbones of STS-12-75 (similar to dynaglide for those who have not seen prior posts) that were sized according to the native suspension and two dynaglide whoopies I had on hand. The results brought the chair down to ~25oz.

    Testing by Beautiful: (sorry a bit blurred)

    The length of the dogbones seemed a little short (the native suspension was 24-25" from each corner), so I made a set of four whoopies, each ~33" at full length and used those for the four corners . The extra length has definitely improved the comfort. I should have made them a bit longer just to try some additional lengths. Perhaps that will allow a bit more reclining.

    After that, the plan is to clone the seat in 1.9oz/yd ripstop (rather than the heavy 600D double layer nylon of the original), make a second and try them side by side. My hopes are that both together will come in around 16oz, but we'll see.

    More to come as the project continues.
    Last edited by BER; 10-16-2012 at 23:34.

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