The "what have you made today" thread

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Gadget, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    This looks awesome!!! ☺️

    The loops on the side with thin shock cord... Will you stake them out? My light hammock has similar wee loops but they're not reinforced much, I wondered about using them to stake out but thought they'd likely rip, but maybe with shock cord as you have it would work great.
  2. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    Thanks, I was beginning to worry that my 6,5 inch burry was too small.

    I now made this. Would this do? Its 1mm spider line. I think it's spectra line.
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  3. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    Thanks!! It's really comfy. I never had a hammock before ;)

    I'm not sure yet about the tie outs. I went for thicker webbing and I think I'll do another few passes over it maybe a bar tack to secure it.
    And I added the shock cord because it gives a little and I can easily replace the cord. The 1mm cord I very thin I was worried that under tension it could rip the webbing.
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  4. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    Yeah I also thought that a good aggressive wriggle might rip it but now I wonder if its pegged with plenty of stretch left it will just pull and boing back. Ever pegged a hammock out like that but it feels like it will make it feel more spacious.

    I hope it works for you because you've made yourself a beauty. Something strange happens to me when I lie in a hammock, I involuntarily relax and just immediately feel sleepy. It could just be muscle memory from many hours of summer napping but whatever it is, I love it.
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  5. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    The swaying affects brain activity. Its part of the reason rocking helps babies go to sleep.

    5 mins and I'm out like a light too.

    Strangely, it doesn't work for earthquakes. :D
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  6. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    I hope this is also true for me. I enjoy the outdoors but I just can't sleep. Maybe 2 or 3 hours a night. Hoping a hammock wil improve this :)
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  7. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    Great link, thanks. My partner and I had wondered if it was something to do with being hugged from (almost) all sides, like a weighted blanket that people use.
  8. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    I have at times had a feeling of being on high alert, fixating on every sound, fear basically that has stopped me from sleeping well outdoors. I found that night walking in forest and mountain really helped to de-mystify the night for me. I used to go walkabout on my own in big local forests in scotland at night, letting all my senses adjust, and it really helped me personally. Night time in the woods or on the hill became a familiar and even a friendly place.
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  9. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    Great tip!
  10. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    I'm typing this while laying in my hammock
    No slipping anymore. The knots keep the ucr nice and taught.

    Thanks all for the help!!!!
    IMG_20210221_145800.jpg IMG_20210221_145810.jpg Added continues loops on both ends so I can hang a peak bag or something. (that's still on the to do list :))
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  11. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    Since you've presumably still got your sewing machine all set up, I made a great hammock accessory which is basically a mini hammock, maybe 1.5 ft long, with elastic sewn into the sides so that they pull in a little but, put it on the ridge line with prussiks and mini crabs. You can put it anywhere along the ridgeline and use it as a shelf to empty your pockets/put stuff into and the elastic keeps the sides held tight so nothing falls out. You'll have it made in a jiffy and its really really handy.
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  12. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    @gamemaster84 how did you work out the size and shape of the hoods at the gathered ends?
  13. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    I just used the same measurements from the pattern from

    Measurements g&f

    nova harmony hammock.jpg

    I did all the same sizes from this pattern. I just changed the zipper design.
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  14. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Fascinating. With all those formulae, you'd have thought the user height might be one of the variables.
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  15. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    Thats great, and all in yards, feet, and inches too. One for the codebreakers.
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  16. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    I'm no mathematician but the overal numbers aren't difficult :) The videos from jellyfish explains it well.
    And yes user height should be there haha. I'm 196cm and hoping it's big enough in real use. ;)
  17. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    My nickname around El Chorro was "Los Dos Metros" ;)
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  18. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Got the machine out yesterday, first time sewing anything in a long time, just about remembered what to do

    Hdpe gridstop body, single wrap around main pocket, bottom pocket, simple shoulder strap pockets. Dry bag style top closure with a V top compression. Guesstimate at about 25L. Batteries have gone in the scales so I can’t weigh it.

    A bit of a prototype/test pack more than anything else. Decided to try a single wrap around pocket, similar ish to the Cutaway. The two side sections are made of dyneema mesh, with pleated normal mesh for the central section. Hoping the binding I used between the different fabrics will almost let it behave as if they’re 3 separate sections rather than just the 1 big pocket. I think a couple of pleats in the dyneema mesh would have improved this though.


    The finish isn’t the best, I made it up as I went along so a couple of areas have been removed and redone etc. A job-doer though.

    Nice to be sewing again :)
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  19. dgowenlock

    dgowenlock Summit Camper

    That looks great :)
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  20. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    Nice design. Let us know how the pockets work in use. It looks a great way to make them!
    I have a pack with 1 big pocket but sometimes bottles shift backwards grr
  21. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Deep looking Side mesh wrap Should be great to carry the shelters that have the long folding pole/poles and are quite long when stored (I can't recall the shelter I'm thinking of? Iirc @Shewie has one?)
    The Hex pattern on the harness looks sexy :dude:
  22. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Thanks :) I’ll probably load it up with a few bits and take it for a short run tomorrow. I suspect this pocket will end up acting like one big one. Some pleats in the lower parts of the dyneema mesh sections would probably have helped so they had their own volume. We shall see!
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  23. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Ultralighter

    Made a double ended stuff sack, peak bag with side opening (so it closes under weight) and a ridgeline gear loft (if that's the correct name;))

    IMG_20210224_151722.jpg IMG_20210224_151742.jpg IMG_20210224_151806.jpg
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  24. flyfifer

    flyfifer Summit Camper

    The octagon,
    I think you are being to modest by far saying the sack finish is not the best.
    It looks fine to me.
  25. Ed the Ted

    Ed the Ted Trail Blazer

    You're on a roll!! can you post a pic with the peak bag in use? Curious how it works

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