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    Quote Originally Posted by Aven View Post
    With 2x2's or 2x3's, be mindful of the grain, you don't want a piece that has run out. You want the grain lines to run from one end to the other, |||| instead of running across the piece at an angle. |\\\|. Small, solid knots shouldn't be an issue, any piece that has a knot on the edge or larger than a nickel should be rejected.

    I did the same as Shortbus. The fender washers worked better for me.
    Hmmm.... I think I'm going to rebuild mine in something other than pine. I originally build three tripods and tested one by pulling down through the center with my body weight. Snapped one of the legs quickly. Granted, it broke at a knot but still gave be pause for concern.

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    I've done something similar with landscaping poles that were a couple bucks each. I just lashed them together so it wasn't a spiffy and convenient than the turtledog, but it might be another option for folks here to tinker with.

    There's a pic at the top of this link with the poles I'm talking about. In this pic, there were only two poles b/c I had a cord from the top of these poles to the bottom of a tree, and that was sturdy enough for me to sleep in. (The tree was strong enough around the bottom for a support, but not strong enough at the top to hang from.)
    http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGe...arHammock.html

    Hope this gives somebody some ideas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordonfreeman View Post
    The other cheaper easier option is this:

    3x 10ft 1/2" EMT Conduit
    1x Chain Link Fence Rail (Length depends on hammock, I prefer to get the correct length then cut in half and they should fit together male/female)
    Approx. 15ft of lashing for the tripod lashing

    Cut EMT in half tripod lash 3 pieces together for each side. Hang fence rail below tripod lashing, hang hammock from fence rail. Enjoy
    I tried this. I looked up a lot about lashing, and my lashing looks like the stuff I've read... But it keeps slipping, causing my tripods to fail. I've been working on this for hours. I really wish I had gone with one of the 'harder' tripods...

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    Lashing to metal is tricky since it is difficult for the rope to get a good grip. Generally you need more wraps and fraps. Also it is very important to pull as tight as humanly possible on each pass of the rope.

    If the lashing does work for you still, there is a hardware solution for you. Using a single bolt and eyebolt, you can create a 'T' shaped joint to hold the three poles together. I used this with eood curtain rods and others have applied it to the army surplus aluminum poles. The details are in the main bamboo turtlelady stand thread.
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    I used 2x3's for mine as I wanted a bit more support. This worked well.

    I also used the angle cuts so I would not need the lashings on the legs.

    I also used 1" conduit for the ridge pole - 10 ft long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artjrk View Post
    Lashing to metal is tricky since it is difficult for the rope to get a good grip. Generally you need more wraps and fraps. Also it is very important to pull as tight as humanly possible on each pass of the rope.

    If the lashing does work for you still, there is a hardware solution for you. Using a single bolt and eyebolt, you can create a 'T' shaped joint to hold the three poles together. I used this with eood curtain rods and others have applied it to the army surplus aluminum poles. The details are in the main bamboo turtlelady stand thread.
    Thanks for that! I looked at the forum. Hopefully Home Depot will make holes for the bolts for me or something (I bought my materials from them, at least)? Or is there an easy way for me to make the hole myself? I'm a DIY noob.

    My ropes are pretty skinny (tiny paracord rope), which probably didn't help. I did use a lot of it at least. Maybe putting duck tape on the metal would add some more friction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfatguy View Post
    I used 2x3's for mine as I wanted a bit more support. This worked well.

    I also used the angle cuts so I would not need the lashings on the legs.

    I also used 1" conduit for the ridge pole - 10 ft long.
    Maybe I should have gone with larger poles... More surface area for the rope to grip?

    Angle cuts? Could you point me to a relevant thread or something?

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    Home Depot made the holes for me. The T thing is working out great - thanks a million for that Artjrk

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    What is needed for turtle dog hammock stand

    Glad that it works for you. I love simple things that work.
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    With this equipment list, how do you suspend the top rail from the hinge?
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