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    XX folding hammock stand

    First, it needs a better name. A while back, a Redditor named sbharnish showed a nifty free-standing stand that he called a four-legged tensahedron (https://www.reddit.com/r/Hammocks/co...edron_stand/):



    Raftingtigger quickly showed that Tensa4 could be configured similarly:



    The lack of fixed connection at the crossing points, the considerable tension adjustments required, and the high step-over points of the light construction seemed to me areas for improvement. Ever since Ive wanted to build similar in lumber, with pinned spars, and now I have, simplifying further. I started with 4 reclaimed 10 old-growth 2x4s ($5.25 ea) and a handful of galvanized hardware. About an hour later I had a very solid, folding, free-standing hammock stand. Ill probably put this on the Tensa Outdoor blog after I sand and varnish the century-old wood, and the weather improves for better photos, and come up with a name, but you can see how simple it is.

    First I arranged for 70 rise over an 11 span. After the lean (~6 base) that gives 60 high hang points:



    That put the cross point at 37.5, which I drilled out, and also all the ends:



    Bolted together:



    Here we go. I also bound the base, threading webbing through the holes in a Z form, with a cinch to set the base width and thus the seat height. Please note that binding the base as well as having a ridgeline is important for safety. Without these securely in place to immobilize the hinges, those become pinch hazards that could "do a tremendous number" on any caught body parts!



    Sorry about the boots. This is a 12 hammock.



    Then I just folded up and tucked away until sand and varnish day:



    I dont think Ive seen a simpler free-standing design (fewer elements, cheaper). Have you?


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    Very cool design on this one Todd. I hope to give this one a try.

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    At first I couldn’t believe it won‘t collapse. So I build a model from wooden toothpicks and yes, it is stable. Ingenious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mittagsfrost View Post
    At first I couldn’t believe it won‘t collapse.
    Will collapse on hard surfaces unless the base is bound. I forgot to photo that, but you see those lines attached to feet in folded photo.
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    The lack of need for ground anchoring seems like a big advantage over the tensa stand. Do you think this design could be fabricated to be similar to the tensa in terms of weight and packability? Or will it always need to be a bigger, heavier thing?

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    I like it!
    Unfortunately, most of us don't have a source for clear, old-growth.
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    XX folding hammock stand

    Quote Originally Posted by Baka Dasai View Post
    The lack of need for ground anchoring seems like a big advantage over the tensa stand. Do you think this design could be fabricated to be similar to the tensa in terms of weight and packability? Or will it always need to be a bigger, heavier thing?
    Its inevitably more material than Tensa4 for same hammock length/capacity. Lightweight freestanding stands need staking for wind, are easily upset, so I embraced heaviness as a virtue here.

    Raftingtigger said shed consider setting her Tensa4 up again as in 2nd photo for indoors.


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    XX folding hammock stand

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    I like it!
    Unfortunately, most of us don't have a source for clear, old-growth.
    I think would be fine in typical new 2x4s. 10 accommodates 12 GE. Could probably go to 9 for shorter. Clearance problems tight at 8.


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    Call it the manger stand.

    Maybe it's the wood, but the pics of your wooden stand remind me of a nativity scene.

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    Great idea, thanks for showing that. Really cheap, easy to build and use almost no storage room! Awesome!
    Would you mind posting a photo from the side with a hammock suspended, @latherdome ? Thanks!

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