Introduction: Triple Tree Hammock

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Hello all! If you've seen Tentsile hammocks like the Stingray, vista and the connect tree tent you wanted it from the minute you saw it. I mean look at the pictures on the website how does that not look awesome? but unfortunately I wasn't in love with the price. being broke I have little money to spend on a tensile hammock that's why I decided to make my own Triple Tree Hammock.

Step 1: Materials Needed

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Here is a list of the required materials to make a 15x15x15 net

Ropes- (it is best to use Static rope because it will stretch less when under wight)

  1. outer rope- 50ft of PMI E-Z Bend 11mm static rope. (found at REI)
  2. inner support rope- PMI 6mm accessory cord (found at REI sold in 52ft package so you need 2)
  3. netting- i used 550 type 3 para cord. (i purchased a 1,000ft spool on amazon. this will be more than enough for a 15x15x15 net)

Rigging- ( here you can use many different methods but useing 3 ratchet straps works well)

  1. Ratchet straps x3
  2. carabiner's x3

(the reason for using ratchet straps is to remove the sag that naturally couscous when it's under weight. if you are like me and have some climbing gear you could use GRIGRI'S, pulleys, slings, and carabiner's. I like using some climbing gear set the net really high in the air)

Other Materials- ( some other things you will need)

  1. Knife/scissors
  2. lighter
  3. hammer
  4. screw
  5. driver
  6. hacksaw/sawzall (for the ratchet straps)
  7. pliers
  8. good set of trees (you can use cheep rope from home depot but your net will stretch)

(you can use cheep rope from home depot but your net will stretch)

Step 2: Adding Carabiners (optional)

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(this step is optional but if you have the extra time its worth it)

removing the hooks on the ratchet straps will make them lighter and safer. I also wanted to add auto locking carabiner's.

how to remove the hooks

  1. strip the plastic from the hook exposing the metal
  2. the trick is to make the space big enough to slid out the strap (be careful you don't damage the ratchet straps)
  3. connect the auto locking carabiners to the ratchet straps.

Step 3: Preparing the Outer Rope

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We all know if we add 15+15+15 we get 45 right? well the reason for getting 50ft of PMI E-Z Bend rope for the outer rope is when you tie the knots at each corner it would take rope that is need to make each side 15ft. I always get a little extra rope. (bellow are the steps to prepare the outer rope)

  1. take your 50ft of PMI E-Z bend and dived it into three equal sections.
  2. tie two overhand loops, one at each end. ( 2 total)
  3. tie an overhand knot for your anchor point at the final end. (1 total)

Step 4: Connecting to the Tree

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Next we need to connect the net to the trees so we can being to weave.

  1. connect you ratchet straps to the net
  2. connect your ratchet straps to the trees
  3. tighten the ratchet straps on each corner so that way the net gets tight. (you want the ratchet straps tight but, not overly tight)

Step 5: Weaveing the Net.

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    next we need to add some cord that is thicker than the para cord to give a little more support to the net.

    1. tie a to the middle on one side of the net.
    2. from there you want to go across to the opposite side of the net and so on until you have used up all the 6mm accessory cord.
    3. cut a small piece of para cord 550 about 10 ft. tie a clove hitch on outer rope and begin to weave the net. work your way across the net until you have an even pattern. if any line cross in the middle of the net connect them with clove hitches
    4. cut and burn the ends so they don't fray.

    (you want to leave a little extra rope so you can tie an overhand knot around the clove hitch just a a back up. do this at the begging and end of each piece of cord.)

    Step 6: Its Complete!

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    It's done, go out and enjoy your new triple tree net! (After a few uses I allays go back and add more para cord 550 once the net has stretched out a bit.) please share your photos if you make a net!

    Comments

    Austin_Funk (author)2017-03-26

    What is the weight that this design can hold? it looks strong but i would like to get multiple people "hanging" (lol) out together on it.

    a2112drummer (author)2015-07-07

    I love this thread. Get it? ... Guys?...

    ha! that was pretty good.

    lonelyBlobby (author)2016-08-19

    i love the idea and i would for sure make one

    IF ONLY I HAD 3 TRIANGULAR-SPACED TREES IN MY GARDEN !
    Logan302 (author)2016-04-28

    WOW, I love the idea. you must have a lot of patience to make that. Thanks for sharing

    Yes right after "Inspiration" comes "Budgetary Limitations" as another Mother of Invention. Great job! Good luck!

    Rocketraccoon (author)2015-08-18

    Holy cow, it's the Ewok forest!

    RichElswick made it! (author)2015-08-08

    Just using 8 mm as the outer cord and poly propylene diamond braid rope from Harbor Freight for the inside. 3/8" Probably order some paracord from amazon soon enough. also only using 400 lb load ratchets. Your other tree net didn't use the ratchet straps, so which is better? I would think the rope is. Thanks for the inspiration.

    bomboy (author)RichElswick2015-08-09

    looks good. both designs have different purposes. the ratchet sprats are good if you plan to move the net.

    Bigjake135 (author)2015-08-06

    Making the 15x15x15 triangle, I get the 2 overhand loops but how did you do the two loose ends?

    bomboy (author)Bigjake135 2015-08-06

    i tied the to together with with an overhand not. i have been testing it for a mouth now and the net has held 5 people with no problem.

    Bigjake135 (author)bomboy2015-08-07

    I took both ends and made a bowline with them and it seems to work well, waiting for my parachord to show up and I can finish!

    bomboy (author)Bigjake135 2015-08-07

    i would love to see how it turns out please post a picture when you finish. that would be awesome!

    ChrisH70 (author)2015-08-04

    What is the maximum weight load of the net?

    bomboy (author)ChrisH702015-08-04

    the net its self can can hold alot of wight, if you use good static rope and 550 paracord. but the over all weight depends on the ratchet straps you use. the ones i picked had a load limit of 700 pounds.

    mweatherl (author)2015-07-27

    I love it man! Definitely want to make one, thanks for the tutorial! :)

    KataNinja (author)2015-07-20

    This looks amazing. I wish I had the room to make a large one as you pictured where I live in London but I will for sure make a smaller one to fit a small London garden. Thanks for sharing.

    WSM made it! (author)2015-07-12

    I made a much smaller version...thanks for the tutorial

    bomboy (author)WSM2015-07-13

    sweet! looks like your enjoying the net!

    koolcoasterkid (author)2015-07-07

    Nice tutorial! I've also made one similar to this at my camp, however it is much bigger and uses thicker ropes. I like the idea of using ratchets to tighten it up though.

    WSM (author)koolcoasterkid2015-07-10

    I want to do this one!!! I have a perfect place in my yard

    blightcp (author)2015-07-07

    We did this as kids with old nylon trawling nets found on the beach, they are already evenly spaced at 3 to 4 inches. They were great fun as a makeshift trampoline.

    BrianDieleman (author)2015-07-07

    this looks awesome and hopefully affordable to make?. have you tested the max weight yet?.

    Printy (author)2015-07-03

    love this! totally doing it in August. one idea for the weaving: look up a tutorial on how to make a dream catcher - so simple and won't leave big gaps or lose cords anywhere because it pulls it right as you weave and there are no uncomfortable knots beneath your back. :)

    As someone who has made a lot of dreamcatchers over the years, I wouldn't recommend using that approach for this project. Sure, it'll keep the tension up and more even across the net, but if the rope snaps in just one place, the whole thing comes down. Using many separate ropes knotted together wherever they intersect is much more secure, from the standpoints of both safety and a desire to not reknot everything all over again.

    bomboy (author)Printy2015-07-05

    I'm not sure how well it would work when the net was taken down. If you remove the tension and the para cord is not tied together it might tangle. leaving the net up all the time under constant tension it would work but, i like to take my nest down and move them from place to place. For the knots I lay blankets to make it more commutable.

    tomatoskins (author)Printy2015-07-04

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    chrispix (author)2015-07-07

    Awesome. I have a Tentsile and I still want to make one of these!

    Jobar007 (author)2015-07-06

    If you are going to be making an overhand knot loop, you might as well put an extra turn in it and make it a figure 8 ;)

    This is really neat looking. How modular do you think you could make this? As in I'm wondering if you can make it fairly universal and then tailor the ratchet strap lengths for different tree configurations.

    For the use, and overhand on a bight is the better knot. The figure-8 on a bight is easier to untie, which is why it's used in climbing (where you generally never leave your rope tied permanently), but in a pull test, the figure-8 (with a greater number of bends) actually weakens the rope more than an overhand.

    I didn't know that the figure 8 was a weaker knot. Good to know!

    Holy crap, I got that backwards... It isn't the number of bends, it's the tightness of the bend. The overhand on a bight will reduce the strength of the rope to about 60-65%, whereas the figure-8 on a bight will reduce the rope strength to about 80%. (Source material: http://www.bethandevans.com/pdf/8_strength.pdf)

    rread (author)2015-07-07

    Could you cut three Corners out of netting and have another net triangle in the middle? Saves a lot of knot tying

    Ssmo72 (author)2015-07-07

    Awesome! Ratchet straps are a great idea and I'm definitely going to use those with my own hammock. Did you make the green rope ladder as well? Would love to see an 'ible on that.

    shdittman (author)2015-07-07

    Looks fabulous! Cost doing it your way? (Just an range.)

    rustygray (author)2015-07-07

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MILITARY-CARGO-NET-NETTING...

    This is the best kind. you can leave it up for a while

    rustygray (author)2015-07-07

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-navy-cargo-net-10x10-wit...

    Cargo nets can be found cheaper, you just have to look.

    rustygray (author)2015-07-07

    I have used Cargo netting a ratchet straps. I also saw the Atlanta Zoo do something similar for their Gorillas using old firehose.

    ptkrf (author)2015-07-07

    Awesome! Also the colours look amazing.

    wetandforget (author)2015-07-06

    Looks so fun! Amazing job

    poonkira (author)2015-07-05

    id have the whole backyard looking like a funnel web spider nest very nice :)

    TrinityK1 (author)2015-07-04

    im wondering how good this would be at catching you from a hight. you could lay it out as a safety net if you have to climb high into a tree. or just jump from a hight for the adrenalin rush.

    bomboy (author)TrinityK12015-07-04

    I'm sure the net its self would be strong enough. if I was going todo that i would use 1 ton ratchet straps instead.

    aidan2496 (author)2015-07-04

    This is a great project. This is something I'll have to do on a smaller scale

    tomatoskins (author)2015-07-03

    This is so cool! I actually just finished a paracord hammock myself. I'm a little confused about how you are weaving the paracord. Are you just starting somewhere and tying a not whenever you reach another cord?

    bomboy (author)tomatoskins2015-07-03

    yep. i try to work left to right to make a more grid like pattern. sometime i go allover the place making a crazy looking pattern just depends on the look you want.

    Gabedini (author)tomatoskins2015-07-03

    Is it a camping style hammock? I've never found a paracord hammock design that was very functional, usually there are too many knots or it's not really a camping style one but I've been wanting to make one for some time now.

    Gabedini (author)2015-07-03

    I really like this, I've been looking at trying to make on as well, although I wasn't thinking of making on like a netting style, however this intrigues me. I've been looking to make on from some ripstop nylon but have run into technical difficulties with not having a good sewing machine at my disposal. Might have to give this a try.

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