# Thread: DIY Hammock with Footbox

1. Originally Posted by SinisterMinister

1. Do you have the hammock body cut as a parallelogram?

Yes, but it is not cut on a 45deg, just pulled back 20 inches, the triangle long side does not match as it does in the drawing

2. Is this a top down view of the hammock body or bottom up?

It would be a bottom up view, if I had better drawing abilities the triangle piece would be dashed lines, showing it was on the other side of the hammock body.

3. I didn't do so well in Geometry class...what does "radius corner to 3 inches" mean?

Basically just find a tube about 3 inches across and put it in the corner and draw a semi circle around it to round off the corner, rather than square it.
Thanks!
Originally Posted by Shug
Yeah....c'mon TZ .....video time)))))))))
Shug the Pushy
My video abilities are not even close to my drawing skills, but I may give it a go.

Originally Posted by Knotty
Will be following this thread and may soon be injecting some thread based on this.
Very interesting!
Yea lots of twisted thoughts here.

2. Originally Posted by mbiraman
Good timing TZ. I'm in the market for a second hammock and was himmin and hawin between Traveler and DIY. THIS has me curious. As yet i don't understand the directions, i'm better visually, but i look forward to hearing if it passes durability. If it does i would love to see a short vid on the process. Thanks TZ
Sorry I missed you Mbiraman, I believe it will pass duability and may give a video a try, but my video skills are way down there.

3. I think I see what is going on. You sew 60" of the top hem from the main hammock body to the two 30" sides of the triangle. The 3" radius at the corner makes for a smoother transition as you sew a straight line to the two different sides of the addition. The long side of the triangle then becomes part of the hammock edge, and the extra length from the triangle sides becomes the sag for the foot box.

Very clever. I think I will have to try this one. Would adding a smaller triangle on the head side make for almost no shoulder squeeze, or would you then be in an inverted banana?

-Mike

4. Fantastic!
What a great post and an even better bit of DIY.
I can't wait to find out how it hangs, have to get started on one asap.

I think you may have started something........

+3 on the video

5. That looks great. Nicely done. Also one more vote for a video.

6. Another way to do the radius corner to 3" if you don't have the tubing. Grab a ruler and place it where it is 3" across. Mark it at 1.5", and set your compass to 1.5". Then use your compass to make the semi circle. If you don't have a compass, measure up 1.5" from your first mark and draw two arcs.

7. I really like this plan but I'm wondering if it needs adjusted for height. I suppose a long term test is required. If you don't mind could I ask how tall you are? Then I could adjust accordingly if I decide to try this design. It looks very promising.

I really like this plan but I'm wondering if it needs adjusted for height. I suppose a long term test is required. If you don't mind could I ask how tall you are? Then I could adjust accordingly if I decide to try this design. It looks very promising.
I am 5'8" tall and weigh 180. A bit wide in the shoulders, with about a 35 inch waist.

I am working on a second one, from 1.7 now, for my wife, she is 5'4" tall. The ridgeline, between knots ended up at 6 foot, with 116 inch start to the cloth, using 6 inches for a double fold channel at each end.

Since doing the second one I would extend the footbox side to 120 inches from 116. I would also, on the head end, only have a 7 inch extension on the left side. There is a bit to much of sag on the left side for my tastes.

The other reason for less length on the left side is to match a zipper to the side for a bugnet, and not have puckers, it needs to be shorter. She won't do the open type bugnet

If you use the Hug bugnet, setting both sides to the same length with the Zing It line fixes that problem but the side gathers some.

TZ

9. Looks great TZ. Can't wait to see it in person!!

10. great job,,, looks great