It was said that Necessity is the Mother of Invention...so...
Today we are looking at my hammock holder. During our recent vacation to Branson and Silver Dollar City we purchased a GREAT hammock from a lady named Mary Hoelterhoff, Rainbow Hammocks who was one of the craftsmen at SDC that weekend. In speaking with her, I was explaining my homemade hammock holder and she asked that I show her the holder so it would give people another idea for how they can use her hammocks. Her hammocks are rated for 450 lbs of weight and two people. So, here we go...
I have a tree on one side but needed something to hold my hammock up on the other end. I was checking around on the internet and couldn't find anything that I liked that didn't cost and arm and a leg.
You will need:
1-carriage bolt with washer and nut long enough to go through both 2x4's (mine is 5/8"x4")
4 (or more depending on how you secure the holder) min. 3/8" 10mm spring hook (the larger the better)
1 heavy duty s-hook
Rope (at least 1/2" and rated for more hanging weight than your hammock is rated for and as much pulling weight as you can find)
drill (to make the holes for the carriage bolt)
saw (to make the notches in the bottom of the boards)
I went "shopping" in dad's barn and found a couple of 2x4's that were about 4 feet long. This is a good length for storage in my RV. My brother, Tom, helped me with the rest.
He then cut a notch in the bottom of both boards so that I could put a rope around the bottom to keep the legs from spreading too far or collapsing if needed. (I haven't needed the notches at this point because the feet of the holder have sunk into the ground and are stable.
We put the carriage bolt through the boards so that the notches were to the outer edges and tightend the nut onto the bolt. Total cost: $0 at this point...How cool is THAT????
I then had to figure out how to make it work. I had a thought in my mind and went to work.
When I sat on the hammock, I found out why it stated that the tie down straps said that they were not to be used for towing because they broke and I ended up on the ground. As I sat there on the rocks thinking "this is gonna leave a mark" I decided that I had to rethink my plan.
I wrapped some of the rope around the tree with a spring hook on one end and a rope loop on the other end. I made sure it was fairly tight, but not so much that it would harm the tree bark and attached a small screw for the rope to get "caught" on on the side away from the hammock.
Note here that each time I cut the rope I used a lighter to burn the ends so they wouldn't ravel.
The premise you are looking for is that there will be tension on both sides of the 2x4 holder which will keep the holder upright.
I have not had the need to secure the bottom of the 2x4 holder with a rope because it has kind of sunk into the gravel which has kept it from spreading out and collapsing.
This was planned so that it could be used as a pair in the open if you didn't have anything to anchor to (like a tree) on one side.
Total cost is under $20--most of that cost is the rope.
Man is it GREAT!!!!
If I were to do this again I would do the following:
Make the 2x4's longer--probably about 6 feet.
Moved the carriage bolt down a bit to create a bigger V at the top for the rope and hammock to hang through.
But, all in all, it has worked perfectly for us for the past couple of years.