Camp Dresser – Basic


  • 6 x staves 1.8m long
  • 2 x staves 0.5m long
  • Sisal
  • 2 x pegs
  • Roll top table or more short staves


Select the two straightest staves for the work top. Using the remaining staves, make two identical A frames ensuring the horizontal bars are at waist height. Use a sheer lashing at the top and square lashings on the horizontal staves. (a)

Lash the other long staves on top of the short horizontal staves using square lashings. If you are using a roll top table, make sure that it will sit on these staves without falling through. (b)

If you have a square or rectangular washing up bowl it can be supported in the dresser by two additional short staves. (c)

The rest of the dresser should be covered with either the table top or more short staves.

To ensure that the dresser is quite stable, drive a peg into the ground at each end of the dresser and run a guy line from one peg, across the A frames to the other peg. Secure the guy line to the pegs with a mooring hitch or round turn and two half hitches and to the A frames with clove hitches.

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