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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HAMMOCK STAND
Eight 8′ 2×4 boards
Four 1/2″ diameter, 12″ long bolts
Six 1/2″ diameter, 8″ long bolts
***I have had several people comment that 12″ and 8″ bolts are too long. They do stick out a bit so you may want to take a look at the photo that shows how to hang the hammock for an up close view of the bolts. Then determine if you want to use shorter bolts.***
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Lay two 8′ boards parallel to each other. With your paddle bit, drill a hole 6″ inches from each end.
Cut an 8′ board in half for the “feet”. Tip the hammock stand up and screw “feet” in with deck screws.
Put a 8″ bolt through both of the “arms” for hangers. The placement will depend on the size of your hammock. You want the hammock to be about 4′ off the ground. Be sure to leave room for sag. Also install a spacer right below the hanger. Use deck screws to attach spacer. If your hammock doesn’t come with a hanging kit, you can purchase some large “S” hooks.
Tighten up all your bolts and hang your hammock. Move hammock to a shady area in the yard, pour yourself a beverage of your choice and relax. Our hammock usually gets hijacked by the kids. But I am going to take a nice long nap in it in a couple weeks when they are both back in school!