In this instructable, I will show you step by step how to make a rope bed and shelter using only
10 -Pieces of wood
Approximate 40m of cheap rope (got mine for $6)
Step 1: Tripod: Picking the Right Wood
You'll want to grab six pieces of wood which are at least two feet taller than you, they should not easily snap and preferably be hardwood. You'll reduce the size accordingly later.
Note: I say six to save you time as you'll return to this step later
Step 2: Tripod: Putting It Together
You'll want to now evenly lean the three pieces of wood and hold them secure. Bonus if the tripod stands on its own. To test the strength, grab onto the tripod where the sticks meet and see if it can hold your body weight
Step 3: Tripod: Lashing the Three Together
You'll want to attach the three so they're secure. At this point, once you're sure that your tripod is ready, you can cut off the excess wood to make the tripod even.
For additional help, go to:
Step 4: Tripod Crossbars
You'll want a piece of wood that is strong, can bend a little and exceeds the length between two of the legs of your tripod
To save time, get an extra ready
Step 5: Tripod-Crossbars: Markings
Hold your piece of selected wood about one-two feet above ground and take a knife to mark the diameter of the tripod leg. This will help you know where to make cuts in the next few steps
Do so on both ends of the wood
Step 6: Tripod-Crossbars: the Cuts
Cut with your saw where you made your marks. The cuts should be just under half the diameter of the wood evenly
Step 7: Tripod-Crossbars: More Cuts
Now, make many more evenly within the two initial cuts
Step 8: Tripod-Crossbars: Pulling Out the Pieces
Now, take your chisel and start to carefully pull out the wood. Once you're done, smooth the surface so it's flat (ish)
Step 9: Tripod-Crossbars: Sizing It Up
Size your cuts up to see if they fit to the tripod legs
Return to Step 7 and repeat on other side of wood
Step 10: Tripod-Crossbars: Attaching the Crossbar
Put your wood that you'we made cuts on against the tripod, you may want a friend to help hold it secure for you
Start with a simple figure eight knot and then pull the active end through the figure eight.
Step 11: Square Lashing
I made mine a LOT more complex than it needed to be. All you have to do is a simple square lashing over and over again. For visual help on how to do a square lashing, here are some links
Do so on both ends of the wood then test by sitting on it and adjust accordingly
Once you've done this click the link below to make the second tripod, remember to make the two tripods as identical as possible
Step 12: Bedframe
Now for the bed frame!
Take two sticks preferably alive and bendable (for comfort). They should be at least one head taller than you.
Tie these using a square lashing or diagonal lashing too the existing two pieces of wood which you've already tied. They should rest on both crossbars and have excess wood hanging off the edge (as seen in the last image)
Step 13: Bedframe: the Notches
Once the frame is ready and secure, time to make the notches to prevent the rope from slipping out of place! Make around 4 notches on each side of the frame. This is where the rope will go
Step 14: Bedframe: Weaving the Net
You'll want the net to not only go from side to side but also down and up
Step 15: Video
Here's a video of the rope bed in action!
Step 16: Notes
Weaving: When weaving, you should do one loop then at the centre of the rope, wrap the loose end around the rope a few times before making the next crossover. Be sure the net is relatively tight and has as few holes as possible. In the process of making the bed, test for strength as often as possible.
Usage: If you're going to sleep on the bed, make sure the bottom is covered as well as the top. The design is far from perfect but it's a start. I slept on my bed and it was comfortable but I was freezing!
I am currently working on a new design which has 16 pieces of wood and will be a box frame with the bed closer too the ground and make covering the structure with a tarp easier!
Please contact me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!
Be smart, safe,enjoy and good luck!