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If you are using a wood hammock stand kit to make an outdoor wood hammock stand, you should not only have the wood properly sanded, you must also treat your wood to make it weather proof. You can buy pre-treated lumber from many home improvement stores, or buy raw lumber and treat it yourself at home with an all-weather sealant. Exposing raw lumber or timber to the elements invites warping, cracks, and splitting. While much lumber is initially treated, you should go the extra step and have it coated with a weather sealant for maximum durability in rain, snow, cold temperatures and high humidity.