I needed a wooden hammock stand for a cotton hammock I purchased online. I decided that this would be a good project to learn how to use SolidWorks to first design the hammock stand before constructing it. I searched around online for various designs, took pieces from designs that I liked, and put this design together.
Wooden Hammock Stand in SolidWorks
… and here is what it looks like after I 3D printed it…
Wooden Hammock Stand
Caveat: I’m a 3D printer.
I decided that I severely lacked basic woodworking skills in my life. Thus, I read blog posts on woodworking, watched Youtube videos of people building wooden objects, and purchased three power saws: a circular saw, a miter saw, and a jig saw. It’s like Keanu Reeves learning Kung Fu in the Matrix… but in real-time.
Too bad they didn’t have an acting program in there.
My first project is a somewhat basic one, but essential (from what I’ve read on the internet) in any carpenter’s wood shop. I decided to build two sawhorses. I found a tutorial on building sawhorses at the http://woodgears.ca/ website. The woodgears website has tons of great plans for woodworking and carpentry projects. The woodgears guy uses Google Sketchup most of the time to lay out his plans. I decided to go with Blender for CAD drawing because of my unhealthy obsessive compulsive need to use open source software and the fact that I haven’t used a good pure open source CAD program like FreeCAD (more on this another day).
Here are some photos I took during the construction process…
The cool kids call it lumber.
Cutting wood is my new therapy.
… and here are the photos of the completed sawhorses…
Strangers in the night.
We’re going steady…
We’re even stackable! (This is getting dirty)
The plans from the woodgears website were easy to follow. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is just starting their adventure into woodworking.
… now if I could only understand the difference between woodworking and carpentry…