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    MustardDog Stand

    I've been following the Turtledog stand thread with great interest lately, thinking of different ways to work out a two-person version for the wife and I to share. Then, a few weeks ago, This post by gmcttr really caught my attention. The poles are heavy and expensive to ship, but they would be very flexible to allow construction of something that worked well for us.

    And, 30 poles and a bunch of stainless steel hardware from Home Depot later, we ended up with this:



    Or, by day:



    Without the Kelty 16x16 tarp, it's a little easier to see what we did:



    It works a lot like the turtledog stand - it's designed to pretty much exert only compression force everywhere, but since we wanted to be able to do two hammocks side-by-side, we had to figure out a way to use triangles to form a stable base to support two of the ridge poles.

    The end sections, rather than being tripods, consist of one large triangle, which has a cross bar for stability at the point where the hammocks hang, and two back legs, which can be placed at the same point to provide a very stable triangle



    These triangle sections are connected using stainless steel hardware from home depot, with eye bolts and chain connectors keeping everything connected:



    These connections are semi-permanent, with only the apex of the triangle being disconnected when the stand is taken down. The whole top triangle packs down like this:



    We also used snap buttons from Grainger to keep all of the poles "clicked" together, making it possible to move the stand without the pieces coming apart, and I used colored duct tape to mark the sections for easy assembly. All torn down, it packs into two bags just a hair over four feet long, small enough to fit in the trunk of a Jeep or the back seat of a car

    Last edited by Mustardman; 10-07-2012 at 20:47.

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    Mustardman, hats off to you. Problem solving at its best. It is plain to see that this will give many enjoyable days of fun, and what a conversation piece!

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    That is awesome Mustardman! Still trying to wrap my head around all the mental gymnastics to develop your system.Look forward to countless questions. If the tarp was supported from the peak of the A frames there would be enough room to have a square dance.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    That is one sweet hang. Plus you get to hang with your sweetie.

    I love how people share their iterations and ideas on this forum.

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    An immense job sir! That has to be the DIY of the year!

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    Very nice! Got a part number on the "snaps"? I'm going to have to add those to mine.

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    OMG!!! That is just amazing!!!!

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    Looks great!! I would have to agree...best DIY of the year!
    Everyone ought to believe in something....I believe I'll go set up the hammock!

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    I actually got them from Grainger:

    Snap Button,A,0.250D x0.390 H,Pk10
    Item no: 3DPZ8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustardman View Post
    I actually got them from Grainger:

    Snap Button,A,0.250D x0.390 H,Pk10
    Item no: 3DPZ8
    Perfect...thanks.

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