D.I.Y. hammock stand

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Project Overview

When your work is done there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing in a hammock in the backyard. It’s easy to make a hammock stand yourself and a great way to soak up the sun or curl up with a good book. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber
2 Cut the mitre for the uprights
3 Pre-drill the holes for the upright
4 Attach the uprights
5 Clamp and mark the support
6 Cut the support
7 Pre-drill the holes for the support
8 Secure the support
9 Measure and mark the centre of the base struts
10 Pre-drill holes to attach the base struts
11 Attach the base struts
12 Cut the bolts
13 Measure and mark for the hammock's fixings
14 drill the holes for the fixings
15 Attach the fixings
16 Paint the hammock stand
17 Lie back and relax
  • Step 1. Cut the timber

    To make this D.I.Y. project even easier you can have your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings.

    Cut the 90mm x 90mm treated pine into the following lengths:
    • 2400mm x 1 (for the spine)
    • 1500mm x 2 (for the uprights)
    • 1500mm x 2 (for the feet)
    • 1150mm x 4 (for the supports)

  • Step 2. Cut the mitre for the uprights

    Set the mitre saw to 22.5 degrees. Then, use this to cut one end of each upright as close to the edge as possible.
  • Step 3. Pre-drill the holes for the upright

    Because the upright timber is heavy, you’ll need someone to help you with this step. Hold the timber upright so that it’s flush with the base of the stand. Use the 6mm drill bit to pre-drill two holes through the upright and into the base.
  • Step 4. Attach the uprights

    Use the drill and 100mm bugle screws to attach the uprights to the base. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to attach the other upright.
  • Step 5. Clamp and mark the support

    Place the supports so that their 45-degree cut is flush with the floor. Clamp them in place. Use the pencil to mark the overhang of the timber.
  • Step 6. Cut the support

    Set the saw to match the angle of the cut you need to make. Cut the timber to size. Then, repeat steps 5 and 6 to cut the other supports to size.
  • Step 7. Pre-drill the holes for the support

    Clamp the supports back in place. Use the drill and 10mm drill bit to pre-drill two holes in both the top and bottom of the support and through the base.
  • Step 8. Secure the support

    Use the hammer to tap the 200mm dome head coach bolts through the base and supports. Place the nut on the end of the bolt and tighten with a spanner or socket wrench. Repeat this for all three holes in the support. And repeat steps 7 and 8 to attach the other support.
  • Step 9. Measure and mark the centre of the base struts

    Place the base struts underneath the support frame. Use the tape measure to centre both struts.
  • Step 10. Pre-drill holes to attach the base struts

    Use the drill and 10mm drill bit to pre-drill the holes to attach the base struts. Make sure you pre-drill through the 1500mm timber as well as the frame. To do this remove the timber and pre drill.
  • Step 11. Attach the base struts

    Turn the base strut over and use the hammer to insert the bolts so they are flush to the surface. Lift your frame onto the bolts and use a mallet or hammer to position it snugly. Once the frame is on, secure it using washers and nuts. Tighten with a socket wrench. Repeat this to attach the other strut.
  • Step 12. Cut the bolts

    Use the angle grinder to cut the bolts, so they’re flush with the nuts.
  • Step 13. Measure and mark for the hammock's fixings

    Measure and mark on the uprights for the hooks to hold the hammock.
  • Step 14. drill the holes for the fixings

    Use the drill and 10mm drill bit to drill the holes in the uprights for the hooks to attach the hammock to.
  • Step 15. Attach the fixings

    Push the hook though the hole in the upright. Attach the nut to the end and tighten it. Repeat this to attach the other hook.
  • Step 16. Paint the hammock stand

    You can leave the wood unpainted but we’ve decided to add a splash of colour to ours. You may need to apply two coats of paint. Let the paint dry.
  • Step 17. Lie back and relax

    Now you can take it outside, lie back and enjoy all your hard work.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular or handsaw
  • Combination square
  • Compound mitre saw
  • Cordless drill
  • 10mm drill bit
  • 5mm hex screwdriver bit
  • 6mm drill bit for pilot holes
  • 10mm twist bit for coach bolts
  • 16mm socket bit for coach bolt nuts
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Hammer
  • Impact driver
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Paint brush
  • Paint tin opener
  • Pencil
  • Quick clamps
  • Rags
  • Safety glasses
  • Spanner/sockets to fit nuts of coach bolts
  • Stirrer
  • Utility knife
  • Work gloves

Materials

  • 90mm x 90mm treated pine
  • 100mm bugle screws
  • 10mm x 200mm dome head coach bolts with washers and nuts x 8
  • Hammock hooks x 2
  • Hammock
  • Paint
  • PVA or wood glue
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