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    Air Chair ala BER--the sling chair

    [o]TTeR's magnificent work on his winter recliner renewed an interest I have had for a while: a low weight hammock chair to sling between two trees facing perpendicular to the plane of the trees. The hammock chairs I have previously seen have you facing one of the two trees. I wanted to face away from that plane with hopes that I can hang two side by side under a tarp so that my wife and I have a dry comfortable spot to wait out rain or cook during our canoe trips to the BWCA.

    Searching on line I found this for $39:

    But it weighs close to 7 pounds and hangs from a single overhead point.

    A bit of hack and slash with removal of the spreaders and native suspension. 5 dogbones of STS-12-75 (similar to dynaglide for those who have not seen prior posts) that were sized according to the native suspension and two dynaglide whoopies I had on hand. The results brought the chair down to ~25oz.


    Testing by Beautiful: (sorry a bit blurred)


    The length of the dogbones seemed a little short (the native suspension was 24-25" from each corner), so I made a set of four whoopies, each ~33" at full length and used those for the four corners . The extra length has definitely improved the comfort. I should have made them a bit longer just to try some additional lengths. Perhaps that will allow a bit more reclining.

    After that, the plan is to clone the seat in 1.9oz/yd ripstop (rather than the heavy 600D double layer nylon of the original), make a second and try them side by side. My hopes are that both together will come in around 16oz, but we'll see.

    More to come as the project continues.
    Last edited by BER; 10-16-2012 at 23:34.

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    This looks very promising!
    Keep us informed.
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    Interesting concept! Soon we'll have the campsite covered in hammocks - sleep, gear, sitting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Interesting concept! Soon we'll have the campsite covered in hammocks - sleep, gear, sitting!
    ....and don't forget the hammock toilet too

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    I think Shug needs a sling chair... mm hmm, and eat some of them French fried taters, mm hmmm, yessir

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    Quote Originally Posted by BER View Post
    [o]TTeR's magnificent work on his winter recliner renewed an interest I have had for a while
    Thanks for compliment my friend, glad to have sparked new interest. I can't wait to see where this project goes! Just a thought on the back suspension, short whoopies or UCRs made out of Dynaglide (or similar) may offer the ability to adjust the recline. I've committed my full weight to 2mm Dynaglide slings on many occasions; in this case the load is shared by four points and should be sound?? just my 2cents
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    Quote Originally Posted by [o]TTeR View Post
    Thanks for compliment my friend, glad to have sparked new interest. I can't wait to see where this project goes! Just a thought on the back suspension, short whoopies or UCRs made out of Dynaglide (or similar) may offer the ability to adjust the recline. I've committed my full weight to 2mm Dynaglide slings on many occasions; in this case the load is shared by four points and should be sound?? just my 2cents
    Yes, my thought too. I made whoopies for the four corners last night adjustable out to 33" and the chair was quite a bit more comfortable with the longer suspension. I should have made them longer to begin with so I could adjust them to even longer length to get a bit more of a recline. My entire suspension is 2mm dynaglide or 2mm STS-12-75. I have been trusting my full weight to 2mm line for the last couple years and haven't had any issues.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samsara View Post
    I think Shug needs a sling chair... mm hmm, and eat some of them French fried taters, mm hmmm, yessir

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    Yes, had Karl in mind when I typed that--Ummmhmm!

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    Berry Berry nice I reckon........
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    Look'n good BER. Well done.
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