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How To Make A Hammock Stand

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The hammocks are a great option for the outdoor rest.

They are convenient beds, effectively hung between two strong long structures from the trees to custom build poles.

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Making your very own hammock is an art and there are different approaches to give this a go.

Here is everything you need to know to make your own DIY hammock stand!

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Required Tools and Materials

DIY hammock stand
  • Power saw or handsaw
  • 3/8″ spring link (2)
  • 2×4 lumber (7 8 foot long pieces)
  • Wood glue
  • Set square
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain (preferably for exterior use)
  • Wood clamps
  • Power drill
  • 6 inch hex bolts with nuts (12)
  • Washers (24)
  • Varnish (optional)
  • 2 inch screws (24)
  • 3½ inch screws (6)
  • Hitch rings with the plate (2)
  • Paintbrush
  • 4 inch metal brackets (4)

After you have the above-listed tools and materials, you just need to follow these steps to make your own hammock stand 

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Step 1:

The primary thing you need to do it to cut the lumbers to the measurements required for this project.

 To make the "base" of this hammock stand, you will require two lumbers of 8-foot-long 2×4s.

Moving forward, lay them so that 3-½-inch sides lay flat on the floor. At that point, utilize a set square to make the 30-degree mirroring angle cuts at each end of the sheets.

You will need to pencil lines from the upper left and upper right corners of each board at the 30-degree angle in toward the middle, then cut.

Now, sand down the lumber, giving specific consideration to the sawn ends.

Please note that you will make a few cuts at 30-and 60-degree angles during this process.

On the off chance that you don't have a proper power saw, you can utilize a hand saw and set square instead. 

Step 2:

In the second step, you need to cut two 2×4s down in the half to make the 4 lateral posts, each of them with one angled and one flat end.

To make such cuts with no wood scraps, measure and mark the exact center point of every length of the lumber—at 4 feet in, and afterward 1-3/4 inches down.

Now, lay your set square over the middle spot with the goal that you can draw a line at a 30-degree angle through your mark.

At this point, draw a line at a 30-degree point, and cut as well as sand down the cut pieces. 

Step 3:

In this step, you will make "slant timbers" to connect lateral posts and the base for extra support.

Now, take one of the couple remaining 2×4s, and measure to locate its center point at 4 feet in, and 1-3/4 inches down.

Moving forward, you need to draw a line at an angle of 60-degree through center, and cut following that line.

At this point, you will have two wood pieces of a similar length, each with one end at a 60-degree point.

 Here, cut straight end of each wood piece at a 60-degree point and sand down all these pieces. 

Step 4:

Cut 4 15-inch wood pieces from another of 2×4s and leave out two pieces with 90-degree cuts on either end;

you will utilize those to connect with the top part of the lateral posts. Now, the other two should have one cut at 30-degree edge and the other end flat

 (with the goal that these cuts mirror one another); these two will fortify where the base will meet the lateral posts. Now, sand these pieces completely.

On the flat surface, you can begin laying out required planks in accordance with these steps:

  • Begin with the one base lumber only (you need to face up its longer side) and the lateral post on each side. It should be touching with one another and not overlapping.
  • Now lay the slanted timber diagonally to join the base and lateral post;
  • where the slant timber end overlap its base and it needs to be around 20 inches in from the base.
  • At this point, you need to set up positions of the 4 15-inch cuts: 2 (without angles) on top of lateral posts and 2 (with angles) that are overlapping where its lateral post and base meet.

Step 5:

In this step, you need to start assembling the structure with the bolts, starting toward one end.

Now, hold the bits of the in-progress hammock stand with the clamps as you can drill the pilot holes through the two layers of both wood pieces.

You need to drill that as straight as possible to simply pass through bolts afterward. Now, drill two holes from the top of stacked 15-inch wood pieces and the lateral posts.

It should have one hole through each side of slant timbers, and 2 holes through all of the 15-inch pieces joining lateral post and the base.

Now, repeat the same process on its other side so that you get 12 holes in total.

Step 6:

In this step, you need to layout the remaining cuts—the two unused lateral posts and the second base—in a similar way you did in the fourth step mentioned above, but without any 15-inch wood pieces.

As the drill isn't long enough to bore through the three layers of 2×4s to connect both sides of the DIY hammock stand,

you need to properly mark out holes that you have recently finished onto the remaining materials.

 Now, you can lay the already drilled slant timbers and base over their top, and utilize the drill to mark locations of holes.

Now, expel the wood that you have drilled in the fifth step, and complete those holes that you have marked. Make sure to drill it straight for efficient results.

Step 7:

At this point, you need to thread the 6-inch hex bolt with the washer all through each hole in the first half of that structure you made in the fourth and fifth step,

amassing any overlapping layers as recently clarified. 

Now, you need to apply the wood glue between various pieces of lumber. Wrap up by laying two lateral posts and the second base.

 Cap all the bolts with the nuts and a washer, in a specific order, and tighten them.

Step 8:

In this step, you will wait until the wood glue dries before flipping that structure vertically. At that point, add two feet to stable the DIY lounger stand.

 You will cut down the remaining one 2×4 in half. At center of one of the 4-foot-long pieces, cut the notch into the 3-1⁄2-inch-wide side of the 2×4 that estimates 4-1⁄2 inches wide and 1-inch deep utilizing the hammer and wood chisel.

You can repeat the same process to craft a second foot for another side of the DIY hammock stand, and don’t forget to sand both pieces.

Step 9:

In this step, you need to line the notch with the glue on first foot and turn 2×4 so that its 3-1⁄2-inch side stays flat to the ground and slide it up to fit notch cozily around the base of DIY hammock stand.

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 Now, drill the pilot holes for three 3-1⁄2-inch screws and append metal brackets (utilizing 4 2-inch screws each) to join the foot to lateral post on each side of the hammock stand. Now, repeat the same process for the second foot.

Step 10:

In this step, apply a layer of outside wood stain in your preferred color to shield the wood from the dampness that it will encounter outside while working the stain in direction of your grain with the brush.

In case, you pick an oil-based stain, utilize the natural-bristle brush and for latex stains, utilize the synthetic-bristle brush.

At that point, leave the wood to dry for the measure of time recommended on the stain's pack (usually 24 hours).

On the off chance that you don't have a uniquely defined exterior wood stain to weatherproof your venture, 

you can go for any pick any standard wood stain that is followed by a minimum of two layers of varnish. 

Step 11:

In this final step, you can hang the finalized hammock.

For this procedure, you need to fasten the hitch ring with 4 2-inch screws into the top of each end (over the point where lateral posts sandwich the 15-inch-long board). 

Now, utilize a 3/8″ spring link —that indicates a working load limit of around a couple hundred pounds—at either side to hook hammock to your hitch ring.

Finally, you can get on it and enjoy the view from your newly created DIY hammock stand.

If you are finding this process hard for you,

 you can consider another method to make DIY hammock stand mentioned in this video:

Final Words

Now that your new DIY hammock stand is complete! 

Get yourself on the back, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy the new hammock!

Let us know if you have any questions or confusion about the above-given steps. We would love to help you out!

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