This step by step diy project is about how to build a hammock stand. Building a wooden hammock stand is a quick project that will enhance the look of your backyard, while keeping the costs at minimum. If you want to create a rustic recreating corner in your backyard or on your patio, we strongly recommend you to consider building a wooden stand for a hammock.
A wooden hammock stand requires basic materials and tools, so any person that knows the basic woodworking techniques can get the job done in just a few hours. Cedar, pine or redwood are excellent choices if you want to create a durable structure. Take accurate measurements and always adjust the size and the design of the hammock stand to suit own needs and to fit within your budget.
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Building a hammock stand
- A – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 72” long BEAMS
- B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 40″ long BASE
- C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 48″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 32″ long BRACES
How to Build a Hammock Stand
The first step of the project is to build the joists for the hammock stand. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to cut the components out of 2×6 lumber.
Mark the cut lines on the beams and get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the cut edges with a sandpaper and remove the residues with a cleaner. Make the notches in the beams for the 2×4 supports and clean the recess with a chisel.
Next, you need to build the diagonal supports for the hammock stand. As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to round one end of the component using a jigsaw.
Top Tip: Next, cut the opposite end of the supports at 45 degrees, by using a proper circular saw. Repeat the process for the opposite wooden support, making sure they have the same shape and size.
Fit the 2×4 slats to the frame of the hammock stand. Drill pilot holes through the slats and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the 2×6 beams. Make sure you leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
Build the braces out of 2×6 lumber by using the instructions described in the diagram. Makes the curved cuts with a jigsaw and smooth the edges with fine-grit sandpaper. Take accurate measurement before making the cuts, to get the job done in a professional manner.
As you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to attach the braces to the frame of the hammock stand. Drill pilot holes at secure the braces to the diagonal supports and to the base beams. Make sure you leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the bond of the joints.
One of the last step of the garden project is to attach the eye screws to the diagonal supports. Make sure you adjust the height at which you place the hooks and secure them into place tightly.
Last but not least, you have to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes and the cracks with wood filler and let it dry out for several hours, before sanding the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: Protect the wooden components from rot by applying several coats of paint. Choose colors that match the design of the rest of your property, as to enhance the look of the hammock stand.
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