Join Date: May 2011
Hammock: ENO SN
Tarp: DIY cat hex
Finished my first DIY cat-cut hex tarp...
...and boy, was that a lot of work! Ain't no way I want to do that again unless I just can't find what I want from a vendor.
This took me the better part of two days. Granted, I was pretty much figuring everything out as I went, and I hadn't used a sewing machine for about 20 years.
I used 1.9-oz rip-stop nylon (on sale at Hancock Fabrics) for the tarp body and grosgrain ribbon for all the edge trim and at the seam along the spine. I used a polyester thread, which is like fishing line and is only about the width of a human hair. That was pretty difficult to work with, but it seems very strong. I chose metal D-rings because, quite honestly, I don't trust plastic ones to hold in strong wind gusts.
This tarp is 10' at the ridge, and each side is 4'-9" wide. The sides taper down to 7' at the bottom. Total weight is 19.2 oz. I still need to do the silicone DIY treatment, as well as add some side tie-outs. But the worst part is over!
The wind was blowing pretty good today (gusts as high as 41 mph), but this tarp behaved very well.
I learned a lot of lessons, and if I had it to do over again, I'd do things a bit differently. I'd make it 11' at the ridgeline, and my assembly process would be a bit more advanced. But like I said, I don't intend on doing this again any time soon if I can help it!
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NE Alabama
Hammock: Clark NX-200
Tarp: Clark XL-Fly
Insulation: KAQ NR UQ/AHE KAQ
Suspension: Strap/cinch buckle
All I can say is...................wonderful job, it looks great and you should be very proud.
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Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Ky
Hammock: Wannabee- BB-like hammock
Tarp: 8 x 10 sil tarp
Insulation: DIY tq, Phoenix UQ
Suspension: whoopie slings and
Looks very nice - good details. I hope you enjoy it for a long time.
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Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Greenville, SC
Hammock: WBBB 1.1 SL
Tarp: DIY MacCat Clone
Insulation: NF Hotlum 15* Bag
That is one beautiful tarp. Perfect size, good weight and professional looking stitching. If I decide to make my own tarp I may go very similar to this.
Looks great to me! A lot of work for sure but its pretty rewarding when you hang through a storm under it and it holds up nicely and keeps ya dry...
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Columbus, IN
Hammock: WBRR, Lots of DIY
Tarp: MacCat; Cloudburst
Insulation: HG-UQ, TQ; WB-Lynx
Suspension: Whoopie Sling
That's a real nice piece of work you have there.
Man....sweet. Nothing like hanging under a tarp you made!
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