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    Is there a reason that the dowel can't be put through the channel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlelady View Post
    Is there a reason that the dowel can't be put through the channel?
    As configured, the channel end assumes a slight cat curve, which I'm guessing is what helps with the calf ridge. With the dowel through the channel, this may not happen. Try it, and post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    Olddog: Can you hang your hammock like this:

    Attachment 36908

    to get it higher off the ground?

    How did you make your grooves? With a lathe?
    I'm thinking 1/2" dowel might be strong enough...you could chuck it in a drill, and cut the (shallow!) grooves with a rat tail file. Call it a redneck lathe.
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    Pip's, that's what I did as a temporary solution. But laying in the hammock last night I got to thinking about my weekly laundry and how the whoopies need to be removable. Have something else in mind for attachments. Will post when I have some time and run some trials.
    oldgringo, I marked the location and used a dremel with a sanding drum. The dowel is 3/4" with about 1/8" removed for the groove reducing the diameter of the dowel to 1/2". Not sure if 1/2" would be adequate with the groove cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Pip's, that's what I did as a temporary solution. But laying in the hammock last night I got to thinking about my weekly laundry and how the whoopies need to be removable. Have something else in mind for attachments. Will post when I have some time and run some trials.
    oldgringo, I marked the location and used a dremel with a sanding drum. The dowel is 3/4" with about 1/8" removed for the groove reducing the diameter of the dowel to 1/2". Not sure if 1/2" would be adequate with the groove cut.
    Nor am I.

    I'm wrestling with the same problem, but for a different reason: I'd like to be able to test drive this on different hammocks, without having to build half a dozen mini spreaders.
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    Oldgringo, my thoughts now are for a 4" center of amsteel feed thru the channel with loops on each end to fit around the dowel ends. This would allow removable of the dowel/suspension for cleaning the hammock or as you suggest switching to another hammock. The loop on the end of the whoopie could still be clove hitched to the ends of the dowel as a separate unit. Hopefully I'll be able to work on this tomorrow.
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    For what it's worth, my dowels are like 3/8ths inch diameter (they look like pencils). Mr. Pips and I have been using our living room lounger with Red's mini-spreader bars now for over a month and have not had any issues with the strength of the dowels. In fact--no issues at all!

    P.S.: YAY!!! We don't have a lathe, but we do have dremel tools and drills and files for a redneck lathe! Thanks, guys. I'm going to make some new dowels with grooves a la Olddog. But I'm not looking forward to getting those clove hitches loose. I tried once already, and they were so seated, I gave up!
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    How did you make your grooves? With a lathe?
    That appears to be square metal tubing that OD's stand is made from.

    btw Pips, that was one mighty fine tablecloth hammock you made.
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    Has anyone considered using these mini-spreaders on a hammock that you have "skins" on. All my hammocks are skinned out all the time for ease of storage and carry in the backpack . I'm thinking the mini bars are going to be somewhat problematic with the skins - unless they can be "de-coupled" rather easily. I'm planning on trying a couple different versions the next 2 days to see what happens. Any advice before I go in "whole hog" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayDog View Post
    That appears to be square metal tubing that OD's stand is made from.

    btw Pips, that was one mighty fine tablecloth hammock you made.
    Thanks, GD!!! I was talking about Olddog's wooden dowels, not his stand.
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