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Whether its for relaxing in the shade on a summers day or keeping you up off the wet ground, you cant beat a good Hammock!

What could be better than kicking back and chillin out in a hammock you made yourself. Its much cheaper than the store bought ones and easier to make then you think (only 3 different knots!).

You will need:

1 x 7.5m Muli-purpose Rope (polypropylene)(approx 10c per meter)

19 x 3.1m Mason's Lacing Cord (approx 4c per meter)

4 x Tent Pegs

1 x Measuring Tape

First I will explain the knots we will be using. If you know your knots you can skip forward to Step 4.

 
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Step 1: The Knots - Overhand Knot

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This is the most basic knot of them all, its probably the first knot a child learns to tie.

Place the 2 cords that are to be tied together, parallel to each other. (photo 1)

Where you want the knot to be, creat a loop. (photo 2)

Pull the working end through the loop and tighten. (photo 3-4)

You can also make a loop using the same knot, by making a 'bite' or loop and follow the steps above (photo 5-7)

Step 2: The Knots - Larks Foot

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Sometimes called a 'ring hitch'.

Double the cord and lay it under the frame line. (photo 1)

Fold the loop back over the frame line. (photo 2)

Pass the two tails through the loop and pull tight. (photo 3)

Step 3: The Knots - Reef Knot

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Sometimes called a 'squire knot'.

Bring the two ends together and place the right over the left cord. (photo 1)

Now twist the the right under. (photo 2)

Pull tight, place the left cord over the right and under.

The two halves should mirror each other.

really great information. here in michigan we just had a festival that had an electric forest. very way cool! during the day it had hundreds of hammocks hung between very tall pine trees so visitors could kick back and enjoy the day or meet people. at night there were lights hung and many more surprises waiting to be discovered. any way, the trees had no padding to buffer the rope. this has been happening for years and no damage to the trees. it is a very good idea though. i am a tree hugger so i agree with your methods to protect our forests. i look forward to an instructable about leaving no prints. good luck

I live in MI and have never heard of it... Upper Peninsula..? Anyways I'll have to look into it.

The Electric Forest is in Rothbury, Michigan each summer. It is not to far from Whitehall, Michigan or Muskegon, Michigan. Its on the west side of the state, close to Lake Michigan. Alot of people call it the freak fest but it is more like a little Woodstock. Hippie, boho, free love kind of thing that people bring their children to. It is something to see with many bands and its like a 3-4 day festival with rustic camping. Hope to see you there next summer.

VentureScout (author)  reikimaster55553 months ago

that sounds awesome, would love to see the electric forest. Glad no trees were damaged, most trees would be fine after a bit of hammocking,

Nice!

VentureScout (author)  TrollFaceTheMan2 months ago
Thanks
mogo04 months ago
it really doesn't look comfortable
VentureScout (author)  mogo04 months ago

You should try one out.

The closer and neater you can do the knots the better, we found that the distance between the larks foot knots in step 5 should not exceed 12cm for comfort.

The knots on the chair exceed this, that was just a prototype, but we found that this spacing was fine for a seat.

jimmybotak4 months ago

can use with parasute..?change the rope

VentureScout (author)  jimmybotak4 months ago
You sure could.

Many years ago I made one out of jute and fancy knots. Took many, many, many hours to fabricate. Because of the jute usage (what was recommended) it eventually rotted. Have wanted to make another but procrastinated because of the many, many, many hours it took before. I am older and wiser now and have the rule to "work smarter not harder". I will be getting another hammock this year, not with pretty knots, but with colored cord. Can't wait to get to the hardware to check out the color options. And by the way, your hair is as awesome as your grass. tyvmfti

VentureScout (author)  reikimaster55554 months ago
Cool, do you have any photos of your old hammock with the fancy knots? You should be able to finish this hammock in less than an hour. We sometimes hang the hammock between two trees, from two of the corners when we are tieing the the web. It's saves us from bending down to tie it or more often the case saves us from kneeling on the wet ground! I will see if I have a photo.
Thanks, enjoy your hammock.
VentureScout (author)  VentureScout4 months ago

Making hammocks between two trees.

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If you're a scout, you should know to put sticks around the trees before you tie rope around it. Because the tree's sap travels in the bark, transporting water and food, tying ropes around it will suffocate it. Putting some sticks around it will prevent that, with only some pressure on some points, not suffocating it.

VentureScout (author)  jwu234 months ago

For any permanent/semi-permanent structures that need to be secured to a living tree we use 4-5 half-spars to spread the pressure, to not damage the bark. As for the hammocks, we use sacking under the rope as padding, these will only be up for a matter of hours and puts relatively little pressure on the tree. Also the choice of tree is important as some have stronger bark than others.

I think you may be mistaken on the "tree's sap travels in the bark", trees transport their fluids through the 'Sap Wood', this is the outermost wood and varies from tree to tree, from the first few millimeters up to 30 centimeters in thickness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapwood_(wood)#Heartw... Tying a rope around any substantial tree by hand (no mechanical aid) would not result in the suffocation of the tree, but the bark must be protected from damage, as damaged bark can cause infection it the tree.

Thank you for the comment, I may do a 'Leave no Trace' Instructable in the future.

Thanks for the pic. I get it now. Unfortunately I do not have a picture. Back in the day, I was making plant hangers, hammocks, owls and anything else I could get a pattern for. I was really into it for a few years. I call those "the boho-hippie years". I think the only things I have still is one large tiered plant hanger, towel hanger and a garlic keeper. Wish I did have a pic though. It was spectacular and comfy. I will send a pic of my next one.

VentureScout (author)  VentureScout4 months ago

Thanks for the complement on the hair and the grass. tyvmfti took a wile!

tyvmftc

BigBoulder1234 months ago
How did u keep the lacing cord from sliding on the frame
VentureScout (author)  BigBoulder1234 months ago

When we made these before we used Sisal, which is a natural fiber and has more 'grip' when you pull it tight. When you made a larks foot and pulled it tight, it stayed in place.

This Inscrutable uses ropes with 'man-made' fibers and I found the larks foot knots did slide up and down at step 5. This would only be a problem for the first row of knots as you will tie the web to both ends of the hammock (see photo 6-7 on step 5). This should stop any major sliding.

If your concerned about sliding when you unpack your hammock, I look it over when I set it up and make any adjustments before I use it. Once you stretch out the corners the adjustments are minimal.

I hope this answered your Question.

ladybgood4 months ago

o my, I see a paracord version happening in my summer. thanks for the 'ible!

VentureScout (author)  ladybgood4 months ago

Cool, enjoy.

RubikCube4 months ago

Do you know how much rope that it took to make this? Did you measure in order to know how much of each would be required in case you wanted to do it again? What are the dimensions of this Hammock as well so that I can properly adjust for my needs and size? Just wondering what it would take to make this. Great and seemingly simple construction. I love it, thanks for posting it.

VentureScout (author)  RubikCube4 months ago

The internal dimensions (excluding the loops) of the finished hammock are 195cm X 85cm.

I used 7.5m of the blue (4mm) rope for the outside of the hammock. You can use up a lot of rope in the loops so keep them small.

For the web I used 58.9m of the yellow (2mm) rope, cut int 19 lengths 3.1m each. When they are doubled over in step 5 you have two 1.55m lengths (82% longer that the width of the finished hammock). We found that the distance between the larks foot knots in step 5 should not exceed 12cm for comfort. Keep this in mind if you are making yours longer, you may need to add extra lengths.

Your best bet is to cut everything longer, if you can, as different thickness of rope may use more in the knots. But if your rope is similar to mine, these measurements should be accurate enough.

Yes, it is incredibly simple. We have made these with kids as young as 11 with no problems.

Thanks for your comment, I hope I answered all your questions.

Good luck with your hammock.

SpinedWave4 months ago

Is it a option to replace your robe with only paracord? I thinks so because paracord 280kg load.

VentureScout (author)  SpinedWave4 months ago
Making the hammock (or part of) with paracord would be cool and stronger. As I plan to make these with Venture Scouts, using paracord would be a bit too expensive.
As the weight will be distrabrutied through the four corners, the weight the hammock can carry would be close to 200kg, much more than my needs.
To answer your question, yes using paracord would be an option, but a more expensive one.
If you do make one with paracord, I would love to see some photos.
skelly354 months ago
That is just awesomeness is all I can say !!
VentureScout (author)  skelly354 months ago

You should try it out and send some us some photos of the finished product.

Enjoy

petrolon4 months ago

That...that hair...

VentureScout (author)  petrolon4 months ago

Hrrr...Thanks....I Think

this is awesome

VentureScout (author)  photovoltaicfuture4 months ago

Thanks.

cege4 months ago

Can not wait to try ! Thanks.

VentureScout (author)  cege4 months ago

Cool, send us a photo of it when you are finished.

Jamjma4 months ago

The lark's foot is also called a cow hitch

VentureScout (author)  Jamjma4 months ago

This is quite an old knot (at least 1st Century) and used both land and sea, so it has been known by many different names over the years,

Cow hitch, Lark's head, Lark's foot, Girth hitch, Ring hitch, Lanyard hitch, Bale Sling hitch, Baggage Tag Loop, Tag Knot, Deadeye hitch, Running eye, are just a few.

BigBoulder1234 months ago
And what size rope did u use
VentureScout (author)  BigBoulder1234 months ago

I got the Cord and Rope in Lidl, they had a special on a couple of weeks ago, so the 'normal' price might be a little bit more. The total cost of materials worked out at €3.09 (US$4.20) per hammock.

For the rim I used multi-purpose rope, 4 mm 3 strand twisted polypropylene, the type used for washing lines. 50 kg load.

For the web I used Mason's Lacing Cord, 2 mm braided polypropylene, the type used by brick layers. Unknown load.

When we made the chair in the main photo we used natural sisal and tied the web directly off the wood.

I hope this answers your questions.

Enjoy your Haommock.

BigBoulder1234 months ago
How much did this cost