So after many summers in my backyard I have had enough with hammocks. I decided I was not going to spend another penny on them. I have 2 acres and my family and I spend a lot of time in our back acre. I don’t want to take the hammock down and put it away every time I use it. If I don’t, it molds, gets eaten by mice, muddy from my kids and then it’s not so relaxing.
I just want to lay down and RELAX!!
So this winter I was looking at my pile of pallets and trying to figure out how I could build a swing that:
doesn’t need cushions (that would get eaten),
could fit my husband and I both,
and could stay up year round.
I started with a pallet. I used a reciprocating saw to cut through the nails on the bottom 3 front boards and back 2 boards. Next, I cut through the rest of the nails on the outside 2×4’s. Then I nailed the 2×4’s back on BUT moved them in 1 1/2″. I also took a few of the boards that I removed and filled in the gaps.
Then I placed it inside the first gap of another pallet and let it recline back. I had to set the bottom pallet up on a couple 5 gallon buckets first. That way the ends would fit through. After I had the back where I wanted it I screwed it in place and sawed off the extra 2×4 that was hanging out the bottom.
Next came stain and eye bolts. I made sure that the bolts were big enough to hold the weight of 2 pallets & 2 adults.
Once the stain was dry all I had to do was hang it. I bought a 2×6’s and attached it to a couple strong trees with long lag screws. I used nylon rope and some crazy strong knots by my husband to hang it.
That was it, so simple
Now all I need is some warm weather and I’m all set 🙂
Built with ❤
Needles & Nails