2x4 PHS (Portable Hammock Stand)
This one took a bit of tinkering... After building headchange4u's stand to get my head in the game on basic frame concepts, I got to thinking about material weights and footprint sizes. I based the sizing of this design to fit the HH Expedition Asym and Scout and my reduced capacity for carrying multiple loads of really heavy things.
(4) 6'-2x4's, bottom frames and uprights
(4) 4'-2x4's, (2) for upright braces & (2) for ground outriggers
(4) 1'-1x4's, upright brace stabbing guides
(4) 4”-2x4’s, spacer blocks (view pic of folded from bottom)
(10) 1/4" steel bolts w/ nuts and hardware
(2) 6"-1/4" eye bolts, optional for tie offs on uprights
(50') 550 cord, for upright guy lines
Stand set w/ HH Scout in “day lounger mode.” I've yet to add the lower set of eye bolts for my son’s proper set height, but you can see where they will be by looking at the location of the constrictor knot points. This will be my son's setup (with a slightly lower tarp set for LA summer afternoon storms). ZipperQueen currently has my HH Exped.
The base is 6' long and the angled uprights are 6'. Distance between top eye bolts is 12’4” when outriggers are set at 60° from ground. Takes about 7-8 minutes to setup. Here's how it works:
Folded stand (side view):
Removal of two outrigger bolts allows for them to swing under main line of stand body making the assembly easier to carry. The outriggers might possibly be eliminated from the design with the use of the guy lines as listed, but I have not tested the setup and am weary about line stretch in heavy weather.
Folded Stand (bottom view):
Set stand in position for setup:
Lift uprights and stabilizers:
Secure uprights with stabilizers:
(Initially, I drilled holes through the stabbing guides and uprights and secured it with a bolt. I have since notched the uprights and recut the stabilizers to fit the notches eliminating the need for installing and removing bolts during setup and takedown).
Setup opposite side:
Setup hammock and guy lines:
I run one continuous line (look real close for the red 550 cord) starting at one eye bolt, around a doubled set of tie out stakes (same ones I use for tarp and side tie outs on HH), back to the other eye bolt with one round turn around the upright then back through the eye, around the opposite side tie out stakes and back to the original eye bolt. Both ends are secured to the eye bolt each with a taught line hitch. The taught line hitch allows for independent tightening of each side. The stand doesn’t wobble much with my son on board, but I the guy lines take up no extra footprint and I sleep a little better at night with them installed.
Was it worth the effort:
You tell me…
The program the Boys picked for summer camp ’09 has clear cut troop grounds. Looks like our troop will have a least 4 hammock hangers.
Last edited by TrailH4x; 05-25-2009 at 07:47.. Reason: Working with thumbnails
DUDE! I really like this one. You really put some thought into it. I am really liking the stands that are coming out here on HF.
Love the folding idea. I think my search for a stand to build has come to an end. Thanks!
Great stand design.
Perhaps aluminum studs could be used to save weight?
I've never actually seen an aluminum stud, hence the thought posed as a question. Not sure if they are rectangular or I-beam in shape.
Aluminum tubing should work fine. You might want to integrate some type of spacers in the tubing at the points where the bolts pass though thought to keep them from compressing too much. Oh, and watch out for those fingers and toes when you set-up/tear-down! Tubing or pipe can work like a shear at swivel points.
That's awesome. Very inventive. Thanks for posting.
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Yours worked great for my back yard and my Mayan that I brought back from Mexico a few years back. I just needed something that could be hauled in one trip and that took up a bit less real estate once set. After builiding the mod you based off of Srg Rock and a few weeks of lost sleep at night dreaming about dancing 2x4's, this is wheat was left on the pile of saw-dust.
I plan on having at least two of these set side by side for summer camp with one 12x? tarp covering the whole spread. This'll give a nice area for the boys to work on homework in the evening and make early morning coffee on the alky...
Last edited by TrailH4x; 05-26-2009 at 16:26..
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