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    DIY Knitting Needle Toggles

    I just got my new Whoopie Sling suspension in the other day and decided I wanted to use the Marlin Spike system so I needed some toggles. I went to Walmart to see if they had any aluminum arrows and unfortunately they did not. I walked around for a little while thinking of what else I could use. As I walked toward the craft section I realized knitting needles are made of aluminum tubing and are quite rigid. I stopped to look and found several sizes so I grabbed the thickest ones they had. They were just shy of $3 for a pair. They measure 10" long and are anodized a gold color. I mainly want to see what some of the hammocking vets think about my craftsmanship and how safe they may or may not be. So here is what I did:

    Step 1:
    I bought a couple of knitting needles


    Step 2:
    I cut the ends off


    Step 3:
    I cut the tube in thirds which made three 2.75" (7cm) blanks.


    Step 4:
    I drilled a hole just big enough for paracord to pass through and then cleaned up all the cuts.


    Step 5:
    I passed a short length of paracord through the holes and tied a clean overhand knot to create a short lanyard for the toggle. After the knot was tied I trimmed the ends and burned them to prevent them from coming apart. And there we have it.


    They seem to work well. I haven't put any weight onto Marlin Spike with these toggles yet though. They seem pretty sturdy. I know you don't actually put the weight onto the toggles themselves but I know they shouldn't be flimsy either. The length of the toggles seems to be good too. I see a lot of people go with 3" but they are almost 3". At least they look good and if they do work I can get 3 sets out of the needles. Thanks for any constructive criticism anyone can give me.
    Last edited by jeepthangjim; 09-04-2011 at 19:39.

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    Look great....did the same thing with a stake that looks exactly like your knitting needles. Mine work very well.
    Hang it high and God Bless!!

    Vince

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    Something else I can do on a rainy day, soon. Any idea on the weight of the knitting needles themselves? Kinda look like tarp stake. Trying to think what else they look like.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    I have no idea what they weigh. I don't have a scale but I know the finished product is awful insignificant in the weight department.

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    Quest sells tent pole sections pretty cheap.

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    got to look for the old poles

    That just made me think about looking in the garage for some old tent poles to cut down and use.

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    that is what i have been using.....
    Peanuts

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts View Post
    that is what i have been using.....
    Awesome! Well I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was just a little nervous about risking my hammock's life with something I wasn't sure about.

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