Materials List


  1. Ends (2) 1V4* x VW x 30"
  2. Stretchers (2) 1'A*diax82"


36" Wide heavy canvas {2Vi yards) V x 6" Eyebolts with 2 washers and

Porch swing chain set. with 5' leaders

Carefully choose your materials. Before I you purchase your materials, consider carefully: Who is going to use this hammock? Who is likely to lay in it? As designed, the project uses ordinary "closet pole" for the stretchers. This is fairly strong material; if you have a large closet in your house and lots of clothes hanging in it, you know that closet poles can support a lot of weight. We don't recommend, however, that you use closet pole for the stretchers if this hammock will be used consistently by someone over 180 pounds. Instead, use I" I D. steel pipe. This is available at most plumbing supply stores.

/ Cut all parts to size and shape. Cut

A» the ends and stretchers to the sizes shown in the Materials Ust. IVace the pattern for the ends on the stock.

and cut them out with a sabre saw or band saw. Sand off the saw marks.

Drill holes in the ends for the stretchers.

^J Using a holesaw, drill 1W holes in the ends for the stretchers. Even though the closet pole is specified at 1 '/<" in diameter, oftentimes it's milled slightly larger. If you're using pipe, you may want to measure the O.D. (outside diameter) of the pipe before you cut the hole.

4 Sew a cloth sling. Sew a sling for the hammock from duck canvas. The sling must have two long loops of material running the length of either side. Before you sew, temporarily pin the loops and make sure the stretcher or pipe will easily fit inside these lcx>ps. (See Figure 1.)

1 Temporarily pm the loops in the sling before you sew them, and make sure that the stretchers fit inside theloops.

1 Temporarily pm the loops in the sling before you sew them, and make sure that the stretchers fit inside theloops.

  • ji j Sand and finish the parts. Finish sand varnish, or stain. Let the finish dry for at least 48 hours
  • J all the wooden parts. If you wish, apply a paint, before assembling the hammock.

f } Assemble the hammock. Slide the stretcher into the loops along the sides of the sling, then slide the ends of the stretchers into the holes in the ends. Drill holes through the ends and the stretchers, as shown in the working drawings, insert eye bolts in these holes, and fasten them in place with washers and nuts. (There must Ik- one nut and one washer above the wood, and one nut and washer below, on each corner of the hammock.) The eye bolts will keep the stretchers from pulling out of the ends. If ever you want to take the hammock down and store it. just remove the eye bolts.

TRY THI5' Since you have to put two nuts on each eye bolt, one above the wood and one below, look for eye bolts that are threaded all the way up the shaft. If you can't find them, you may have to cut your own threads with a die.

7Hang the hammock. Attach the leaders of the porch swing chains to the eye bolts with S-hooks. Mount screw hooks on the underside of a porch joist or tree limb, and attach the other ends of the chains to these hooks. Adjust the height of the hammock by choosing which links in the chains you'll attach to the screw hooks.




$ "ot too long ago, sociologists studied New York City parks, to find out which ones were used the most and why. The study clearly showed that some parks were used much more than others, and the reason will surprise you. It isn't anything you'd expect, such as location, number of people nearby, or landscaping. No, the parks that were used the most were those that had the most available seating.

That same logic applies to your own backyard.

You'll enjoy the gardens and the flower beds that you worked so hard to plant if you have someplace to sit down and enjoy them. To that end, here's an elegant garden bench. ^

Garden Bench

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