Folding Camp Stools
Make your own folding stools from wood boards! Free DIY plans to build folding camp stools.
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 5/16" dowel, 2 feet long
Fabric for sling (see last step)
Bolts: 2 - 1/4" x 2" long
Nuts: 2 - 1/4"
Washers: 6 - 1/4"
Assemble frames with either 2" screws or 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
4 - 1x2 @ 24" (legs)
2 - 1x2 @ 15" (top sides)
2 - 1x2 @ 12.25" (outer stretcher top and bottom supports)
2 - 1x2 @ 10.5" (inner stretcher top and bottom supports)
1 - 5/16" dowel @ 13.5" (outer side fabric insert)
1 - 5/16" dowel @ 11.25" (inner side fabric insert)
Build the first frame as shown in diagram. You can use 1 1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" countersunk screws. Use glue. Top board overhangs 1/2" on each end.
TIP: It's easier to drill the 1/4" holes before assembling :)
The second frame is exactly the same as the first, just a little wider. Build as shown in diagram.
Now assemble the two frames by laying the smaller frame inside the larger and lining up the predrilled 1/4" holes. Insert a bolt, with a washer at the start, between frames, and end with nut through the predrilled holes. This will create a folding frame for you.
Next, you will need to make the sling, and then install with wood dowels.
When your sling is inserted properly in the seat, the dowels are hidden underneath. The seat sling also keeps the folding stool open when opened.