Simple Camp Table

This small camp table is very functional and provides a convenient raised surface for personal, patrol, or general use. It’s design is simple and it sets up quickly.

Page62 Table1Here’s a sample of the materials you can use:

  • four strong sticks about 6-feet long for the A-frame legs (5-foot Scout Saves can also be used)
  • two shorter sticks, about 2 to 3 feet long, to join the legs and support the platform
  • six 10-foot lashing ropes
  • one 20-foot lashing rope to secure the table
  • two sturdy stakes
  • one mallet
  • twelve 5-foot Scout Staves or similar poles for the platform
  • binder twine

Make the A-frames. Lash together the top of each pair of legs with a shear lashing, and lash on the 4-foot cross piece with tight square lashings. Make sure each cross piece is lashed on at the same place on each of the legs, about 2 1/2-feet up from the bottom.

Page62 Table2Hammer in the stakes. Lay a Scout Stave on the ground positioned where the table will stand. On each side of the stave, about five feet out, hammer in a sturdy stake at a 20º angle, with the notch facing to the outside.

Get ready to stand up the A-frames. Halve the 20-foot rope. About 2-feet from the middle, tie an open-ended clove hitch over the top of one pole of each A-frame. (The A-frames will stand about four feet apart. With the Scout Stave between the A-frames, about six inches of the stave will extend out from each.)

Stand up the A-frames. Attach each end of the 20-foot rope to a stake with a rope tackle, then pull each A-frame to an upright position. The clove hitches will hold the A-frames in a tight, stable position.

Lash on the table top. Lay the 5-foot Scout Staves between the 2 to 3-foot cross pieces and using the binder twine, attach them on each side with a floor lashing.