Every hunter needs a handy stool for the woods or hunt camp. Whether it is for the dove blind, the deer woods or just for a seat around the campfire, the camping stool is a necessity at the hunt club. If you’re a real “do-it-yourselfer,” then get out the PVC and elbow grease and create your own handy camping stool. Here’s what you’ll need:
- • Hacksaw
- • Tape measure or ruler
- • Two 3-inch by ¼-inch bolts with nuts and washers
- • 98 inches of 1-inch schedule 40 PVC
- • Eight 1-inch schedule 40 PVC elbows
- • PVC glue
- • Spray paint
- • Durable cloth for seat
- • Friend with sewing machine
- Cut PVC into four 16-inch pieces, two 10-inch pieces and two 7-inch pieces
- Find the midpoint of each 16-inch piece and drill a ¼-inch hole through each.
- Attach a PVC elbow to the bottom of the 16-inch pieces. Place a 10-inch piece between two 16-inch pieces and one 7-inch piece between the remaining 16-inch pieces, creating two large U shapes. Ensure that the holes in the 16-inch pieces match up, so the bolts can be placed through them. It’s important to use the PVC glue outside where you have good ventilation.
- The 7-inch section will fit inside the 10-inch section creating an X shape. Line up the holes and insert a 3-inch bolt through the two 16-inch pieces, using a washer and nut on the backside of the bolt. Don’t over-tighten. Repeat this step on the other side.
- Glue a PVC elbow to each end of the remaining 10- and 7-inch pieces. Don’t attach these to the other PVC until after you’ve
- painted the parts and are ready to put the fabric seat into place.
- Choose a durable fabric and find someone handy with a sewing machine. Most fabric and hobby stores carry a large selection of colors and types.
- Cut the fabric 7 inches by 16 inches. Fold the 7-inch ends under about 2½ inches and stitch the fabric, leaving a loop big enough for the PVC to fit through.
- Paint your camping stool to match your personal style. If you plan to take it along with you into the turkey woods, avoid colors such as red, white and blue. Use fingernail polish remover on the printed words from the PVC if you plan to paint it a light color.
- After the paint dries, slide the looped ends of the seat covering over the unattached 10- and 7-inch sections of PVC.
Glue the PVC to the large U-shape pieces. Make sure that each joint is thoroughly glued and dried before you try out your seat.
Since creating your own PVC camping stool is such an inexpensive project, you may want to make one for every kid in your hunting party. You can experiment with the height of the vertical legs and the size of the cloth to create a perfect seat.