Furniture and Woodwork

I have made a lot of furniture over the years, much of which I don’t own any more.  Most of my current projects are “camp” or “rustic” designs.  I am very fond of the Arts and Crafts movement and have built quite a few pieces from designs of that period.

Camp Furniture

This is my favorite camp stool design.  It folds down small, can be made to any scale, and is sturdy enough to stand on.  Just to clarify; these are my own designs and are not copied from anyone else.  I looked at a couple, sat down with a pencil and paper, and created these.  They are not copyrighted in any way and anyone should feel free to build them.


A simple “pea-picker” type stool, folded.


A simple “pea-picker” type stool, ready to use.

Here is how it is made…

A band saw makes this kind of work easy but a coping saw works as well.

A drill press and good bit make fittings more precise.

Piecing it together (in the right order).

17pieces12holesSeventeen pieces, twelve holes, and a few screws.

Dimensions: 18″ legs, each half of seat is 5 1/2″ wide.  This causes it to sit at 15 3/4″ which is the low end of “standard” seating which is normally around 17 3/4″.

And the table.

Testing for sturdiness.  You can see that it is missing one stretcher still.

The wooden truck topper. Click the image above for more details about this build or HERE to view the original post.



My “sea chest,” another step toward minimizing possessions. Click the image for the original post.


Bowl and plate turned on a treadle lathe by Mick Robins. I whittled the spoon from an Osage orange scrap.

Click for a look at my recent banjo build.

Inuit style snow goggles.


Saw Bench in progress.


Saw Bench in progress.

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A noggin cup hand carved from maple.  Traditionally used for spirits such as whiskey.  It holds about 2 ounces comfortably


There was a time in the not too distant past when a cash economy wasn’t a very real thing and most of our ancestors made their own household utensils for daily use. Above are a couple whittled spoons in Osage orange and American walnut.


A variety of kitchen tools.


A few small mauls (spoon for scale) used around the workshop primarily for leather and woodworking tasks.


34 thoughts on “Furniture and Woodwork

    • I don’t have plans or instructions written up yet. I took one of my stools, a piece of graph paper, and pencil and just expanded it. I hope to get real plans up sometime soon though. The key to the table is getting the height right.
      I have never seen an actual set of plans for this kind of furniture but I suspect they are out there.

  1. I was planning on building one of these in a few different variations and I was wondering if you had ever gotten the chance to make up some plans for this little stool?

    • My design stands 15 3/4″ high, is 11″ front to back, and each leg is 18″ long (then cut round and bottom is angled to sit flat. The width is totally up to you and I have even seen a two person bench made this way.

  2. If there are plans out there they are keeping them well hidden; I haven’t run across them. This type of fold-up furniture is a big blessing to any serious vardo-er. I’d like a set of dimensions for a table so I could open it up inside my Ledge wagon on a rainy day and have a meal or write in my journal. So, if you put the directions up it won’t be a wasted effort. And I’m sure there is more than just me who would want this valuable contribution. Thanks, Djanga

  3. i have a table like that, and i love it. i sell my hats off it. mine has taken a beating over the years and looks it, but is as solid as when it was made. at any rendezvous you can find them made by many different folks. i’ve never seen patterns for that style, they’ve been around so long and are so easy to make.

  4. After buying a cheap plastic folding table and having one of the legs break off on its first camping trip, I hunted long and hard for plans. Found these, gladly paid the 12 bucks, and have made 9 of tables so far; for myself, friends, and family. Two of them were made from black walnut that came from a deseased tree cut down more than 30 years ago. These are great plans that even a woodworking rookie could easily use to make a beautiful, functional folding table.,46158,42665

  5. I teach wood shop at my local high school and am currently going to have my grade 7 class make them (using an assembly line process for making parts). I did find the plans on for under $3. I will let you know how it goes.

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  7. Could you possibly take a photo of each part … taken from the same distance … then give me the dimension of just one part … I’ll extrapolate and put together plans for you so you can post the plans to your site … thanks

  8. Hi there,

    I’m an archaeologist studying woodwork in Judea of the Roman period. I’m looking for custom made turned bowls, made on a pole lathe. Do you do that sort of things?

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