Though, you could still get a low base-weight if that monster was your luxury item.
Great thread, guys! Very helpful as I consider my first DIY hammock.
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I tried one because it's cheap and easy. Now I've got an open hammock for chilling out while car camping when we bring the big old family t-word.
Hey so I tried using a 90x156 polyester crinkle taffeta tablecloth from tableclothfactory.com. I attached my suspension using a double sheet bend.
After a few hours of really comfortable sleep, I suddenly wake up on the ground! The material ripped straight across my shoulders. So, after spending the next few nights on the ground. I order a new tablecloth from the same place after scouring the forum about this method, assuring myself it was a one of a kind situation. Upon inspection of this new blank of the same size and fabric, I notice several "inconsistencies" in the weave of the material. Which is my only guess as to why it failed so suddenly.
I only weigh 190, I'm tall and skinny and I 'm pretty uneasy about moving around in this new hammock. I don't know how these other guys have managed to hang 300lbs in one of these, but I certainly would hesitate to try.
Just something to consider, I usually learn more from bad reviews of products than the good.
I think I'll be choosing a different source of material for my diy hammocks though.
Pros: $12-$18 for a hammock blank, extra width if desired
Cons: it's a tablecloth and there may be issues with the cloth leading to catastrophic failure
I've been lucky for the most part, 30+ tablecloth hammocks, 1 failure.
With the advent of the newer fabrics, 4 yards at less than $20, hem it and you have a quality hammock OR a $30 hammock from Dutchwaregear.com, there are better options in the same price range.
What I do like about the tablecloths is the W type fold and the ability to dial in the edges of the fabric and adjust comfort levels.
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