How to Make a Rope Hammock Weaving Stand

The Hammock Weaving Stand
The Hammock Weaving Stand (Image: Photos by Aupoet)

This stand for making rope hammocks can be used for weaving hammock beds from five to seven feet long. Being easy to set up and light weight, it is portable meaning the weaving can be done anywhere there is room to set it up. This hammock weaving stand is cheap and easy to make and requires only a few basic tools and supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe two 8 ft. pieces of 1 1/4" sched. 40 and a 6 ft. piece of 2" sched. 40
  • 8 PVC 1 1/4" PVC tees
  • PVC pipe glue
  • Hand saw
  • Electric drill and bits
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 wooden dowels or broom sticks
  • 2 wooden clothes pins

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To make the hammock weaving stand first cut the PVC pipe into the following lengths: from the 1 1/4inch schedule 40 pipe cut: four- 26 inch pieces, six- 15" pieces, and two- 3" pieces. From the larger 2 inch schedule 40 pipe cut two 36 inch pieces. Sand the inside and outside edges of each cut end so the pipes will slide easily into the tees and the smaller size 26 inch pieces will slide into the larger 36 inch pieces of pipe. The rope hammock main body is made using this stand and following the directions in the article, "How to Weave a Rope Hammock, the Main Body", which is listed under resources below.

Take two of the tees and look at one seeing how there is a short leg topped by a longer cross piece. The top half of this longer cross piece will be cut off. Draw lines on both sides of the long "top" of each of the two tees, as shown in the picture. Cut along the lines to remove the top half of the tee. A handsaw can be used for this or a high speed rotary tool such as a Dremel tool. The inside surface of the tee may have to be sanded smooth so it will sit flush on the surface of a piece of pipe like a saddle. Place each of the cut off tees on one of the 15 inch pieces of pipe so they are centered and sit on the pipe like a saddle with the short leg pointing upward. Glue the tees in this position using PVC glue and be careful not to get glue in the short leg of the tees.

Where to cut the tees for the feet, Cut on both sides
Where to cut the tees for the feet, Cut on both sides

Place one of the 3 inch pipe pieces in the short leg of each glued on tee and then place another full tee on the opposite end of the 3 inch piece that extends out of the glued on tee. Place these uncut tees so their short leg sticks out to the side not down on the 3 inch pipe. Do not glue them in place as they must be free to turn on the pipe. This makes one of the legs for the hammock stand, make the other leg the same way. Look at the picture to see how they should look.

Placing the 2nd tee on top of the 3 inch piece
Placing the 2nd tee on top of the 3 inch piece

Take one of the hammock stand legs and glue a 26 inch piece of pipe into the short leg of the upper tee. Do the same with the other foot for the other side of the stand and be careful not to get glue down in the tee where it sits on the short 3 inch piece of pipe. Now slide one of the 36 inch pieces of the larger pipe over the free end of one of the 26 inch pipes that was just attached to the stand feet. Slide the other 26 inch piece, on the other foot, into the other end of the 36 inch piece. By sliding the two sides together or apart the hammock stand can be adjusted to vary the width of the stand. Drill 1/4 inch holes through the layers of both pipes and insert bolts through them to lock them in a certain position.

One of the feet with the 15 inch piece on top
One of the feet with the 15 inch piece on top

Take the upper tees off the 3 inch pipe pieces and glue a 15 inch pipe into the upper opening of each. Don't get glue in the lower opening of the tees, then place them back on the 3 inch pipes. Place two more tees on each on the tops of the 15 inch pipes so the short legs point inward like the lower tees that hold the bottom cross pieces. Don't glue these tees to the upright pipes. Do glue one of the remaining 26 inch pieces into the short, inside facing opening of each of these upper tees and then fit the remaining 36 inch larger pipe piece over their free ends just like the bottom cross brace. This upper cross piece is necessary to make a weaving stand for making full size rope hammocks. The hammock weaving stand pictured does not have one because it is used to make smaller swinging hammock chairs. The cross piece helps the sides to support the heavy weight of a large hammock main body.

Foot with bottom cross piece and upright piece in place
Foot with bottom cross piece and upright piece in place

Lastly place the last two 15 inch pieces in the upward facing openings in the top tees and again don't glue them. Now stick the wood dowels or broom sticks down into the upright pipes. They should extend some 4 to 6 inches above the end of the pipes. Tape wooden clothes pins, plastic ones tend to break too easily, on the tops of each of these sticks to use for securing the hammock cording when weaving. Use paper tape to attach the clothes pins and only tape around one leg of each pin to be able to open it to insert the hammock cording. The paper tape can be written on to keep track of directions when weaving.

Clothes pin taped to the end of a stick
Clothes pin taped to the end of a stick

Now the hammock weaving stand is made. Because the joints are not all glued it can be taken apart to move and set up anywhere. The sticks can be pulled out to allow the body of the hammock to be moved without having to keep the whole stand together. Just be careful not to let any loops fall off when moving the hammock being worked on. Under resources below are other articles for making the hammock support ropes and the hammock spreaders that are necessary to complete the rope hammock. Please rate this article and any others you check out, thank you. All contents and photos copyrighted by Aupoet

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