Hang the Hammock

22. This stand will handle hammocks up to 14-ft. long (most hammocks are 10 to 12 ft. long). Look for a hammock with spreader bars at the ends (see photo, page 53)—it will sag less in the middle and is easier to climb into (see Source, below).

23. You'll need two 1/2 in. eyebolts to connect the hammock to the beam (Fig. A). These bolts must be threaded the full length of the shaft, which isn't how they're typically made. My solution is to disassemble a 1/2 in. turnbuckle, which provides two eyebolts with complete threads. One eye-bolt has a left-hand thread, which requires two left-hand nuts. You should be able to find these nuts at a well-stocked hardware store. Spread the pressure from the eyebolts by using fender washers on both sides of the beam. Connect the hammock to the eyebolt with a short length of chain. Use spring snaps with the correct weight rating or threaded chain links to attach the chain to the eyebolts and to the hammock's steel rings.

24. Remove the hammock hardware from the beam. Remove the beam from die stand and apply three coats of marine spar varnish or a similar weather-resistant coating to all of the wooden parts (see Exterior Oil Finishes, page 59). After the last coat dries, reinstall the beam, hang the hammock...and take a well-deserved napl


Hammocks.com, www.hammocks.com, 866-577-3529, Tropico Poolside Quick Dry Hammock, #AL028, $120.

Conne ct the leg stands with a 14-ft.-long stretcher. Use extralong deck screws to fasten the stretcher to the posts.


BThe beams nest inside the leg stands. Fasten the beam to each stand with a single long bolt. This allows the joint to flex under pressure.

MAs the last step, fasten the beams to the stretcher in the middle of the stand.

Exterior by Randy Johnson

Easy to use and maintain, they keep outdoor wood furniture looking like new.

You've spent the winter building a set of cedar Adirondack chairs—or maybe you've purchased a teak garden bench. You love the look of the natural wood and you want to keep it that way. Now you're wondering what finish to use. I asked myself similar questions after completing a mahogany Craftsman-style outdoor chair. Initially, I planned to use exterior varnish, but without regular maintenance—sanding and re-varnishing every couple of years—varnish finishes crack, peel and end up looking awful. The thought of stripping and starting | over made me cringe.

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Wood's arch enemies are sunlight and water. Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet light degrades the wood's surface, causing it to turn gray. Exposure to water promotes mildew, causes cracks and checks and eventually leads to rot.

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