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Offline BigHat

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my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:06:23 PM »
here's some pics showing how i made my DIY hammock. there's nothing new here, except how i made it two layer, which i'll explain more later.

a BIG thank you to U.W. and upthecreek for reawakening my desire for hammock camping.



ok, here's the pics and the steps:


start off by cutting two pieces of 5 foot wide nylon 10 feet long





fold over and iron the long sides 1 inch, i've found that ironing first makes hemming a whole lot easier...







hem the long sides, i prefer a zig zag stitch for simple hems





fold over the short side 1 1/2 inch and iron





and hem the end channels on the short sides, again using the zig zag hem





now the main body of the hammock is sewn, with hemmed edges and 1 1/2 inch channels on the ends. do this again with the other piece of fabric, so that you have two identical pieces of fabric.




now place sticky velcro 3 feet from the channel on the long edge





and place another piece 3 feet down from that one





and stick the two large pieces of fabric together with the velcro.





feed cord thru the bottom layer channel







and into the top layer channel







now tighten and tie off







repeat on the other side...



add suspension, 9 feet of amsteel per side attached using a slipped bowline.





here you can see how the cinching created a ball of fabric that the suspension line wraps around. very secure and places no stress on the channel...





attach the structural ridgeline. this is 8 ft of amsteel. it sets the sag so it's the same every time.





and attached at the other end....





for straps i have two six foot pieces of 1 inch webbing, and one two foot extension, just in case i try to lash to a big ass tree...







all finished. total weight with stuff sack is 1 lb 2 oz





one option i added was to apply a stretch side footbox and headbox  made by a HF member named Knotty. if you do this, make sure it's on the bottom layer, it works better that way.











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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 02:31:04 PM »
it works!



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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 02:36:41 PM »
NICE JOB, Bighat :thumbsup: Can you stretch out crossways in it, too? 
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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013, 02:41:47 PM »
i stretch out on the diagonal. i lay with my head on the right side and my feet on the left.

it works great as a chair too. being 5 feet wide, it gives a good back rest when sitting in it.
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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2013, 02:44:55 PM »
Nice work! I'm thinking about making one myself. :)
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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013, 02:46:16 PM »
Very nicely done!

I just got a new hammock. I tried last summer and failed and sold off everything. The desire to swing from the trees lured me back.

You made it seem very easy!

So easy, even a caveman (a Mr. T) can make it!

Thanks for posting!

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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013, 02:56:21 PM »
Looking real good man. .Whooooooo Buddy :thumbsup:
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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2013, 03:22:28 PM »
Very cool! That is a great skill to have. You can make any fabric gear you can imagine.

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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2013, 05:48:06 PM »
First Great job on the DIY hammock. I was curious of the reason you used double material for the hammock? I was thinking you were making a pocket for a pad to go in but not sure.
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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2013, 06:23:03 PM »
Man this is a good thread. Thanks for helping get more of these poor ground dwellers in the air. Their backs will thank you.

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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2013, 06:53:37 PM »
First Great job on the DIY hammock. I was curious of the reason you used double material for the hammock? I was thinking you were making a pocket for a pad to go in but not sure.

yep that's the reason. the velcro allows for inserting a pad and then keeps it from sliding back out. pad+underquilt will be useful for hanging in a couple of weeks.

the cool thing (i thought at least) about this one, is that if i want to i can just take the two layers apart and still have a single layer hammock for the summer time to use with just my underquilt.
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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2013, 06:37:07 AM »
BigHat,


Keep an eye on yer hems for fraying.  I have found in the past that when I make a hem like that (only one fold), it can fray right back past
the fold (or hem). 


When I wanted to learn to sew, years ago, I went to the para-loft and talked to the PRs.  They taught me to fold hems twice, I think it's called a "roll hem".  I've had zero issues with it fraying ever, but have had a single fold hem fray up past the fold (in cut off BDUs & jeans).


The hammock looks good man.  Looking forward to some hang time with ya and checking it out in person!


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Re: my DIY 1.1 oz dual layer hammock
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2015, 06:46:08 PM »
Sorry the pics are broke. My photobucket crapped out.

Guess its time to make a new hammock...
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2015, 06:53:57 PM »
Looking forward to it my friend.
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« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2015, 07:02:17 PM »
I too am looking forward to the update of the pics, very interested in making one and have watched a couple of youtube videos. My hesitation is sewing, I never have done it.
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« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2015, 10:43:20 AM »
Orbean, sewing isn't really hard, if you are using the correct thread, needle and fabric combo and you take your time.  But I will say that sewing nylon for a beginner can offer an extra challenge because it is slippery.  I'm not saying that to dissuade you, but as a heads up.  If you find someone who will show you how to thread your machine and to explain a few things, I think you'll be able to handle it, just go slow.
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