Camp Stool 65


Yellow Pine (Chap. III., Par. 48) or any soft wood.

4 pcs. 7/8"x l 1/2"x22 1/2" S 2 S Legs.

2 pcs. 7/8"x l 1/2"xl3 1/2" S 2 S Top strips.

3 pes. 1/2"xl2" dowel rod.

1 pc. canvas for seat 15"xl6". 1 1/2 dozen 8-oz. carpet tacks.

Introductory Statement

The value of a camp stool can be fully realized only at crowded gatherings, picnics or camping parties, and yet occasions often arise in almost any home where a camp stool is convenient, particularly at lawn or porch parties. In designing a camp stool you should keep in mind the fact it is to be used for a seat and will likely have pretty rough usage; it should therefore be strong enough to stand the strain.

The plan given in this lesson is the standard way of making a simple camp stool. The method given in the suggestions allows the stool to close perfectly flat, but in order to do this it is necessary to leave out one of the cross rods between the legs.


Harper's Camping and Scouting. Harper & Bros., Pub., New York. The Outdoor Handy Book, D. C. Beard. Chas. Scribner's Sons. The Field and Forest Handy Book, D. C. Beard. Chas. Scribner's Sons. Boat Building for Amateurs, Adrian Neison. Frederick Drake Pub. Co.,

Chicago. Timber, Bulletin No. .10 of U. S. Forestry Service.

Book of Woodcraft, Ernest Thompson Seton. Book Supply Co., Chicago. Harper's Outdoor Book for Boys. Harper & Bros., New York.

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Detail Of Leg Joint

Detail Of Leg Joint

Suggestions For Original Design

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Cl0sed View

Camp Stool Specifications


If you are cutting this material from stock, saw out a piece a little longer than the length of the leg shown in the drawing. Select the best side and mark it the working face. If it is S 2 S it will not be necessary to surface it (Chapter II., Paragraph 2). Plane one edge for a working edge (Chapter II., Paragraph 4). With the marking gauge, gauge the width of the leg on both surfaces of this board (Chapter II., Paragraph 6). Carefully rip just outside the gauge line and plane to the gauge line (Chapter II., Paragraph 4). Again prepare a working edge on the stock material, and in like manner lay out and make the four legs.

Cross Pieces And Joints

In similar manner rip out and plane to dimensions the two top cross pieces. The legs are to be joined to the cross piece with a round tenon construction (Chapter V., Paragraph 69). This tenon should be made 1/2", 5/8" or even 3/4" diameter. You may select a size which is the most convenient for the size of bit with which you expect to bore the hole. Locate the points where the holes are to be bored and bore the holes (Chapter II., Paragraph 9). Lay out and shape the round tenons (Chapter V., Paragraph 69).

Cut the legs the exact length as given in th*e drawing. Lay out and bore for the cross dowel rods (Chapter II., Paragraph 9).