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    Fence pole hammock stand

    Howdy ya'll. Yet another idea for a DIY hammock stand. The idea here was to make something easy. All the tools you need are a 7/16" socket, a 1/2" socket, a ratchet wrench, and a pipe cutter than can handle 1-3/8" pipe.

    The background on this: My oldest boy replaced his bed with a hammock last year. We bought a hammock stand for about $90 I think. It took up about 15' length of floor space if I remember right. Well my youngest son decided he wants a hammock in his room to replace his twin bed. He has more "stuff" in his room, so we wanted to go with some stand idea that wouldn't take up more floor space than his twin bed does.

    I looked around and saw some ideas, but wasn't sure how they would work in his room. I've got some old fence parts so I decided to give it a try. So keep in mind that I kept my costs down some making this myself. But if you want to build one you will need:

    6 each 10' long poles 1-3/8" diameter.
    6 each 90 degree gate corners.
    2 each T brackets.
    4 each end caps with loops.
    2 each shackles (optional).

    1. Cut two 10' poles into 9' lengths. You could go longer if you want, but then you need to adjust the length of the side poles. These make the long sides.

    2. Cut one of the 10' poles into two 4' lengths. You can also make this wider, but again - it will change the length of the top pole. These make the short sides.

    3. Cut one of the 10' pole into two 5' lengths. These make the side braces.

    4. Cut one of the 10' poles into two 4' lengths. This makes the hammock supports - you could make these up to 5' tall but it shouldn't change any other parts of the hammock.

    5. Create the bottom. attach gate corners to both ends of the 9' poles. Use the T brackets to attach the short poles to the long poles (see picture).


    6. Attach the vertical supports to the poles using the gate corners. The put gate corners on top of the vertical supports.

    7. Attach the 5' side supports to the vertical support and the short end of the bottom using the end caps (see picture).
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    Bottom:


    8. Measure the top corner to corner for length. Mine shown here was 112". Cut and install the pipe.

    9. (Optional) if you decide to add the shackles, take the middle bolt off the two top corners and replace them with shackles to attach the hammock.


    Edit: The entire floor space for this hammock stand is 4'4" wide by 8'10" long. Just a little larger than his twin bed.

    A video of the entire thing put together:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i-c4iHX0qg
    Last edited by SGT Rock; 08-24-2010 at 18:49.
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    Sgt Rock that is a interesting piece hammock stand that you crafted there. My eldest step-son has been looking for a way to hang in his apartment. This looks like it definitely has possibilities. He probably weighs in at about 220 pounds. I am wondering if your design is sturdy enough to hold him. I realize that you have just put it together. But do you have a gut feeling about a weight capacity.
    Terry

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    Hooah!!! 13 Bravo approved!!!

    Top,
    That is one awesome stand!! Do you think a angled brace on the long pole opposite the short side (making an inverted V as it were) would beef up the rig? Def. a good stand that will have to be added to the to do sheet!!

    Rick

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    Wow, very nice.

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    Thumbs up

    Extremely well built. Bet it fits in his room well, too.

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    Sweet, Rock! And thanks for the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppabear View Post
    Sgt Rock that is a interesting piece hammock stand that you crafted there. My eldest step-son has been looking for a way to hang in his apartment. This looks like it definitely has possibilities. He probably weighs in at about 220 pounds. I am wondering if your design is sturdy enough to hold him. I realize that you have just put it together. But do you have a gut feeling about a weight capacity.
    I've been in it a few times and I am 175, I didn't see any issues after we got the final product done. We originally designed it without the side brace and the torque of a body had it bending into the short sides so we added the brace. I think if anything you might have to add a second brace so it braces to the long side.

    Quote Originally Posted by TFC Rick View Post
    Top,
    That is one awesome stand!! Do you think a angled brace on the long pole opposite the short side (making an inverted V as it were) would beef up the rig? Def. a good stand that will have to be added to the to do sheet!!

    Rick
    That is what I was thinking for a little extra support if needed. It did well with me once we added the one brace. The boy only weighs about 60 pounds at this point so I don't see a need to add anything to is.
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    Senior Member SGT Rock's Avatar
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    Also added an edit to the above. The floor space taken by the stand is 4'4" x 8'10"
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    That looks great. I wonder what the maximum weight it could take would be.

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    I'll defer to Knotty, the mechanical engineer, but from a chemical point of view, that is a very sturdy design, which needs no additional bracing!

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