So for this project I traded in my thread injector for a saw and a drill. I weigh in the neighborhood of 250 lbs. (Really only one house in that neighborhood but I hate to be too specefic ) As I neared completion of this project, I could have sworn that my wood was shrinking. The closer I got to laying in the hammock/stand, the thinner the poles looked but I pressed on. Since weight was not really an issue for me (the stand, the stand... ) I went with a one inch X ten foot section of black pipe from Lowes for the ridge pole. Hammock is a whipped end table cloth with whoopie slings. I think I will have to couple a 24" piece of pipe to get the proper angle as my whoopies are as short as they go. I have tested it out and it held with no noticeable strain on wood or ridgepole. Not pictured is the paracord spread limiters @ 28" from the bottom. I would gladly accept any suggestions/ feedback?