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    My DIY Cotton Tablecloth Hammock (My First Hammock!)

    OK, so since at least one person responded to my Introduction and wants to see pictures of my hamock, here it is!

    I'll copy the details from my intro thread:

    [quote]So, after mulling over a few ideas, I ended up making myself a 60" x 120" DIY hammock out of a cotton tablecloth I picked up off the clearance rack at a local discount store. It has ends whipped with a pair of Kiwi waxed cotton shoelaces, and I used some leftover 5/16" or so utility cord that I had hanging around for the suspension. It's from a climbing shop, so I know it's good stuff. The suspension is attached to the hammock body with a (double? triple?) strangle knot, and the ends are formed into a loop with a triple fisherman's bend. I used two 5/16" stainless shackles from Home Depot to connect the suspension to Hammock Bliss treehugger straps. The whole rig, minus the treehuggers, weighs about 2 lbs., 11 oz., and I estimate the fabric as about 5.5 oz. single-fill canvas. It's a lovely shade of green to help blend in. The total cost of the hammock was about $22, plus $20 for the Hammock Bliss straps.[quote]

    The whole hammock:



    Detail of a whipped end:



    Details of the suspension:

    Hammock Bliss XL strap, 5/16" stainless shackle (1320 lb. strength), 5/16" utility cord, attached to hammock body with strangle knot, formed into loop with triple fisherman's, and attached to shackle with two half hitches



    The other end was a bit short, because that's all the cord I had, so I attach it to the shackle with a lark's head.



    Hangin' out...



    Here's the article about it from when I built it last year.

    I haven't gotten it wet, yet, but I have plenty of experience camping in the summer with non-synthetic materials, so I'm not worried. I've got plenty of 9x12 poly tarps that I can use for a fly.

    Thanks so much to Just Jeff's Hammock Camping site for teaching me that making my own hammock could be so easy, cheap, and viable! I used his W fold technique.

  2. #2
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    Looks nice! You could use a climbing rated carabiner instead of those shackles. I'm sure a good carabiner would be lighter.
    Last edited by iGuitar93; 07-26-2012 at 11:48.

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    STinGa's Avatar
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    Welcome to the site. Nice DIY that you have there.

    Be prepared for all sorts of fun and tons of info. The gang here is quite friendly and very willing to share their experiences.

    STinGa
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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

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    Now you're hanging!!! Good post!
    "Pips"
    Mountains have a dreamy way
    Of folding up a noisy day
    In quiet covers, cool and gray.

    ---Leigh Buckner Hanes

    Surely, God could have made a better way to sleep.

    Surely, God never did.

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