Turtledog with Bolts?
Made the stand the afternoon my kids (24, 26) came home for Xmas. I have a small house and when they both come home, I'm a bedroom short, but I have a heated garage with 1 hammock stand already. I decided they could both sleep in the garage if I had 2 stands and I've been eyeballing this project for a while. Gave it a go.
Upon testing with my 220 lbs, both my hinges bent, maybe they were too light, but I also found I had too much pole extending past the tripod attachment point and I think the stress caused the pole to push on the hinged leg and thus bend the hinge. After shortening the pole closer to the attachment point and bending the hinge back as best I could I put a couple wood screws in to hold the opposing leg in place. I didn't have time to go get another hinge. That worked real well. It also made the legs rigid and secure on top. I found I like that better when setting up. Seems more secure and less fuss.
I now use it in my bedroom about 4 out of 7 nites. I take it down about once a week or two for the extra room.
That got me to thinking about just using 4 bolt/washer/wing nut combos to hold the 3 legs together on top, vs using the hinge at all. Use two bolts on the top of the "A leg", with the bottom bolt low enough to expose an inch or so of length, just like the horizontal line on an "A", enough to attach a biner or soft shackle, etc... to attach to the pole. With the "A leg" bolts tight, you can use a couple bolt/washer/wing nut to attach the "Opposing" leg.
The trimmings from the legs to make them angle together on top can be wood screwed onto the legs on their respective opposing sides, again making the surface of the wood square so the bolts are seated flush vs at an angle on the wood.
With wingnuts, quick setup and take down is achieved, along with a rigid tripod when setup, making it easy to move around. I found I like that better by chance, having used wood screws to correct my hinge issue, but this stand isn't portable without removing the screws. Hassle w/o power tools.
So, soon I'll try that. Probably wear a helmet when I test it.
Last edited by Peartree; 02-22-2013 at 20:57..