There is nothing more relaxing on a summer's night than lying out in the hammock with a good book. Hammocks are comfortable and one can spend hours in them. And there is nothing complicated about them. Building a hammock frame doesn't need to be complicated either. Hammocks are meant to bring relaxation and building one can be just as simple as lying in one with a good book.
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Things you need
- Four 8 foot 2x4 beams
- Two 4 foot 2x4 beams
- Power drill with Phillips driver bit
- Countersink bit # 6
- Eight 3 inch bolts
- Two 6 inch eyebolts
Cut a 30 degree angle at each end of two of the eight foot 2 x 4's. These are the two boards you will use for the posts that hold the hammock up.
Take the other two 8 foot 2 x 4's and place them on a large clean worktable --- the ground of your driveway will work just as well. Place them parallel to each other. These two boards will act as the base for your hammock frame.
Measure two feet in from each end of the 8 foot 2 x 4 base boards and mark the spots with a pencil. Now take one of your boards that you cut for the posts and attach it, with the angle side down, between the two base boards. To attach it, pre-drill the holes on each side of the base boards for the three-inch wood screws, using a #6 countersink bit. After you have pre-drilled the holes, screw in one three-inch wood screw from each side (you must drill wood screws in side by side, not head on). Repeat the same process for the other post on the other side. Now the hammock frame should resemble a "V" shape.
Lay one four-foot 2 x 4 board underneath each end of the base boards, in a perpendicular direction from the hammock frame. Center them so that the frame sits perfectly, even in the middle of the four-foot boards.These boards will act as the support beams for the hammock frame. Pre-drill holes for the screws using the #6 countersink bit. Screw the three-inch wood screws into each base board to attach the support beams. This will give you two three inch screws at each end.
Attach the two six-inch eyebolts to the inside of the posts. Where you attach them will be up to you, depending on where you want your hammock to sit.