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    Super simple, strong, fairly cheap, very quick bipod style stand.

    I couldn't believe how quick this went together and how well it worked out. It took all of about 15-20 minutes to build, with a hacksaw and a drill. If I had a sawzall with a metal blade, I think it could be done in 5-10 minutes.
    Parts:
    "1 3/8 Closed T Horizontal Pipe slides through $5.50" from tarps.com http://tarps.com/fittings2.htm
    (4) 1 3/8 chain link top rail sections
    (2) fence rail end http://www.lowes.com/pd_272014-215-0...1&Ntt=rail+end
    (2) heavy duty S hooks
    (4) medium S hooks
    1 pack of rubber chair bumpers http://www.lowes.com/pd_37824-255-44...Ntt=chair+tips
    1 pack of cheap swingset chain

    To build the stand:
    - Cut one half of the T off of each of the fittings, opposite the thumbscrew.
    - Using 2 of the rails, cut 4 equal 5' legs.
    - Cut 2 6' sections from the other rails, leaving the tapered end on one of them
    - Slide the legs into the bottom of the T fittings, tighten screws. Assemble 12' top rail. Slide legs/fittings onto the top rail. Put end caps with S hooks on the end of the rail. Hang hammock.
    - Drill holes in legs, attach S hooks and some chain. Chain makes it easy to change width of leg splay which gives stand adjustability.

    Under my (very significant) frame, the stand has a slight end to end wobble when moving around, and no side to side. It is very stable and nothing appears to flex, even when the legs are splayed very widely. And it's nice that you can just lift up and it folds flat to be stoted against the wall, or you can take it totally apart with no tools or effort.

    I have spend 4 nights in it so far and it works great!

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    Looks nice, What was the total cost?

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    any idea what your total cost was for the build?
    Hanging in the woods, paddlin and catching trout- My kind of living...

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    Thanks.
    Total cost is right around 80 bucks. The rails cost 10 each, but if you have a 10' hammock, you could use a single 10' ridgepole. I used the single pole for a couple days and it was fine, just not as adjustable for my BBXLC.

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    Looks great I might steal this idea

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    Senior Member Tony c's Avatar
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    can you give some final built dimensions?.... Like height when the legs are deployed. I don't want to have to relearn trigonometry.


    Also, a pic of the folded unit

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    I think it might need a coat of some nice color spraypaint to look a little less "chainlink-fence-in-my-family-room-ish" though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony c View Post
    can you give some final built dimensions?.... Like height when the legs are deployed. I don't want to have to relearn trigonometry.


    Also, a pic of the folded unit
    Tony, I have the legs splayed out to about 55" wide right now, and the ridgepole top is at about 55" as well. Adjusting the leg width it could comfortably change the height from 51" or 52" up to about 60" If more height were needed, you could make adjustable legs by using 1" EMT conduit which fits nice and snug inside the rail. I bought some for this purpose but didn't need it. The length of the ridgepole is 12', but I have my supports at 10' apart.

    For a more portable stand, you could also cut the legs in half and leave the tapered joint end on there, and maybe break the ridge into 3 pieces.

    Pardon the kid mess, but here is when it is collapsed...as close to the wall as I could lean it with all the junk in the way
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    My place is messier, no complaint there. Thanks for the pics

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    Nice job circusfreak

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