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Gadget
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PostSubject: TurtleDog Stands   Thu 28 Jun 2018, 13:59

A TurtleDog stand is just about the simplest hammock stand to DIY.  It is named after the two members of HammockForums that developed it (Turtlelady and Old Dog). There is a mahoooosive thread on it on the US forum,
https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/51787-The-TurtleDog-stand?highlight=turtledog

I have made and improvised a few, here is a video,


I'll dig out some pictures later.
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PostSubject: Re: TurtleDog Stands   Thu 28 Jun 2018, 14:01

When is a turtledog not a turtledog?
If, instead of hanging the ridgepole from two tripods, you hung it from a tree, is it still a turtledog?
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PostSubject: Re: TurtleDog Stands   Thu 28 Jun 2018, 14:28

This is one I rigged in our field, out of brashings from the neighboring forestry,


Note that the ridgepole was resting on the tripod, rather than hanging below, That is less stable, and indeed the legs did move somewhat.
Well, you lives and learns.
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PostSubject: Re: TurtleDog Stands   Thu 28 Jun 2018, 14:40

Here is some detail of my stand,

This is the strap hinge that hold the legs together,

The long strap is screwed to the rear leg,  I used gutter bolts through the outer holes in the hinge tab to bolt to the front legs, and I put a D-shackle thru the middle hole, to hang the ridgepole from.

This is the hobble cord, that stops the legs splaying apart

I used dyneema cord spliced as UCRs, but it needn't be fancy.

You can adjust the head height by changing the splay of the legs,



or you could just lengthen the cord that hangs the ridgepole.
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