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Build a camp table

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table.jpgKeep your stuff out of the dirt by building a table for your camp. It’s easy if you have the pioneering skills.


  • Two spars up to six feet long (or long enough to be lashed to both trees) and about 3 inches in diameter
  • Several shorter spars, the number depending on the distance between the trees
  • Two sections of rope, both around 25 feet in length
  • Four sections of rope, each around 50 feet in length depending on the diameter of the trees (Each can be made with two sections of 25-foot rope tied together with a square knot, or a sheep’s bend knot if rope is of two different diameters)

VIDEO: See how to start a square lashing.

Step One: Pick out two trees up to five feet apart with nothing between them. Have one person hold one of the longer spars horizontally across both trees. Tie a clove hitch around one spar right next to the tree, then use a square lash to attach the spar to the tree.

Step Two: Repeat the square lashing to the second tree at the other end of this spar, and repeat the whole process with the second spar on the other side of the tree. The lashings on both sides of the tree will have to overlap each other to ensure that the spars are level with each other.

VIDEO: See how to attach the top of the table with a floor lashing.

Step Three: Lay the shorter spars across the two spars that are now attached to the trees. Lash the shorter spars to the longer spars with a floor lashing.

Step Four: Enjoy your new camp table.

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14 Comments on Build a camp table

  1. brother of eagle. // October 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm // Reply

    lashings are completeley IMPROPER!!! but if you do it right it will save you the expense of buying and or bringing a camp table. :-D :-D

  2. I love the idea but how much rope do u use :(.

  3. falcon 5.0 // July 2, 2010 at 10:58 am // Reply

    I just use super glue

  4. The Man with the Banjo // June 29, 2010 at 9:14 pm // Reply

    Neat. :D :P ;)

  5. In spite of any negative comments, if this method is sound then by all means use it. Many Thanks

  6. The lashings shown ar not properly tied. In the sqoare lashing the clove hitchis not secured and the rope is not kept parralel. I the table top the lashing is not even close to the proper way!

  7. I agree with cowboy

  8. I love the whole idea! Except my scout master tought us about the whole leave no trace thing does this leave any marks on the tree. And do you have to use any specail knots like the bowline or square knots?

    • brother of eagle. // October 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm // Reply

      well if you dont tie it too tight it wont ant the only other knot you really need to use is the clove hitch. :-)

  9. This video really gave me some ideas for our meeting next monday. We are having a competition to see who can create the best camp gadgets and I wanted to make a table. So THANKS!!!!

  10. patrol leader 5 // March 8, 2009 at 11:29 am // Reply

    This camp table and all of the other pioneering projects for this webpage are great ideas for things to do around camp and for getting requirements for first class.

    • star scout a.s.p.l // October 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm // Reply

      yeah and keep workin towards eagle dont stop! my bro is eagle and i almost gave up but i perservered and made star and almost life!

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