Folding Camp Funiture

I’ve been remiss in posting much on the blog or finishing promised articles to certain parties but that’s not because I have been idle. On the contrary, I’ve been too busy to keep up. Piles of drafts are poised on the laptop while real work is getting done. For the moment, I should say that all my furniture, accoutrements, goo-gaws, and accessories are going mobile. We’re pot-latching much of our big stuff and making our lifestyle “campaign ready.” Presented here is s preview of a planned update about nomadic furniture.

After living with the prototypes for several years, I know what I like, what works, and what doesn’t.

Preindustrial Craftsmanship

I’ve been making folding camp furniture.  The stools are sometime called “pea-pickers”.  They were somewhat difficult to figure out without a plan but some photos of others and experience making other furniture helped.


They’re not as easy to make as I thought they would be.  The holes must be very precise and dowels tight-fitting.  If everything isn’t square and precisely cut, the stool just doesn’t work.


This is their beauty.  They fold flat and have an integrated handle.  They can be made just about any size and out of any straight lumber.  My first one is made from scraps from around the workshop.  These later ones are from premium pine.


Seventeen pieces, twelve holes.  Stick ’em together.  Sit.  Mine are sturdy enough to use as a step stool, with some caution due to the narrow width.


A table of similar construction.  The top is about 22 x 46″.  I made…

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