How to Build Wooden Camp Chairs


Wooden camp chairs are a standard fixture at historical encampments or gatherings such as renaissance fairs or Civil-War reenactments. Many designs of wooden camp chairs exist. Determining the proper design is often a matter of personal preference or historic accuracy. Most of the chair designs fold or disassemble for easy transportation. The simplest design consists of two pieces that can be cut from the same board to form a sturdy wood chair.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-by-10-inch board
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill with 1/4-inch bit
  • Jig saw
  • Paint
  • Cut an 8-foot long, 2-by-10-inch board into two 4-foot segments. One serves as the backrest while the other is the seat. Both boards extend to the ground to form chair support.

  • Draw a mark across the seat-board, 10-inches from one end. Mark from that point to the other end of the seat-board, a piece 1-1/4 inches-wide on each side of the board. This leaves a 5-inch-wide center piece that extends from the previously marked line, 38-inches to the other end of the board. Cut the seat-board on the lines, removing the 1-1/4-inch-wide pieces as waste material.

  • Mark a 2-inch-by-5-inch rectangle on the backrest-board, 13-1/2-inches from the end. Drill 1/4-inch holes at each corner of the rectangle. Cut between the holes with a jig or saber saw. The extended cut-portion of the seat segment should fit through the hole created in the backrest.

Tips & Warnings

  • Assemble the wooden camp chair by fitting the seat segment through the hole in the backrest to form a lopsided X-shape. Remove the seat segment from the backrest and the two pieces can be carried and stored easily.
  • Decorate the wooden camp chair with paint or wood carvings. Civil-War enthusiasts may wish to add regimental notations while renaissance-period builders may prefer to add appropriate carvings to suit.

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