Camping soon? I actually built this folding campfire chair a few years ago when YouTube and my editing skills were drastically different. I figured it would be work highlighting again since the weather is getting cooler and this makes the perfect chair to bring with you hiking, camping, or fishing! It’s lightweight and looks really cool. Way better than those canvas ones. No offense. My favorite part about this project is that it looks really professional, but you can make it in only a couple of hours!
This is one of the few times I recommend cutting all of the pieces at once. There are only 12 pieces and 4 different sizes (see plans).
With my drill press, I’ll drill a hole on the edges of all of the long and short boards. Then drill a hole in the center of the long boards. This will be the folding mechanism later!
I cut out this piece rounded so I could use it as a guide to sand down the edges of the rest of the pieces. 1 end of the short ones and both ends of the long pieces need to be sanded down.
I draw a template on each. I then round them over on my disc sander.
Now I’ll lay out all of the pieces so I can plan how each piece will attach. The folding mechanism on this piece makes it a little challenging so be sure to follow the plans for specifics on where each piece goes.
I’m going to begin by connecting a long piece with a short piece by driving a dowel in.
For the rest, I can cut the dowel to size.
Match the other side.
The best way I’ve found to keep everything straight as you assemble is the raise the long pieces to about a 45-degree angle then bring over the other pieces with the short piece facing the outside of the chair.
Raise the long pieces up to a matching angle. This will be the crossing piece. Pin together with another dowel, be careful hammering!
Pin together with another dowel, be careful hammering!
The hanging edges are to support the seat.
I’m also adding an extra piece at the bottom for support and I just staple it in with my staple gun.
Now we can add the top boards! I add the first one to those little arms on the outside with some wood glue and staple them in with the staple gun.
The second seat board will be attached to the arms on the inside portion of the seat. This is what allows them to fold flat later! Glue and staple down.
Check that it folds flush, and if not, simply sand down any edges that are rubbing after the glue dries and you’re good to stain! I used some Linseed oil to give mine a natural finish.