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Camp Stool ! Solution to that sinking feeling sought.......

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Bowlin, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. Bowlin

    Bowlin Full Member

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    Hola,

    Just returned from a great overnighter with just one 'kit failure' which I'm hoping that the Community on here can help me with.

    I was fed up with lugging my 'full-size' folding chair into the woods so bought a cheap three legged folding stool.

    It proved to be comfortable, lightweight and compact, however. the plastic feet soon came off and disappeared into the mud, from then on it was a 'sinking experience' as the tubular legs made neat holes into the soft ground.

    Having looked on t'interweb it seems that rubber walking stick feet might be a solution, but they do not have a wide / flat profile to stop that sinking feeling. Obviously I need a flat disc on the bottom of each leg which also plugs the hollow leg.

    Has anyone any ideas on what I could use? Or bodge? The legs are about 19mm in diameter.

    Any (sensible) suggestions? As this is otherwise a good piece of cheap kit.

    Many Thanks

    Steve
     
  2. Jared

    Jared Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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  3. Blaidd

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    Lateral thinking and all.... Triangular piece of plywood, small holes drilled to catch the ends of the legs (but not big enough to go through, maybe 2 more small holes to take the hooks of a bungee cord

    One end clipped to the wood, taken over the middle where the three legs are connected, the other end clipped onto the other side of wood "plate", holding the two bits together. Does that make sense?

    Edit. A bit " Heath Robinson " maybe.

    Naff diagram of piece of wood with 3 "leg" holes and 2 bungee holes. You could cut the middle out to make it lighter.

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  4. bilmo-p5

    bilmo-p5 Maker Plus

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    Walking stick rubbers are no good anyway - the stool legs push thru' them in no time.

    I gave up on the tripod stool and went for this sort...

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    Fits nicely down the back of a ruck occupying little space.
     
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  5. Aragorn

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    Could you not split some wood on site or find a couple or rocks to go under each leg
     
  6. Macaroon

    Macaroon A bemused & bewildered

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    You need the ferrules that are used on crutches and walking aids - much bigger and more substantial than cheap walking stick ferrules, and designed for safety ( ie not sinking ) under weight; the trick to stopping stuff pushing through the rubber ferrule is to
    1. put a washer of the largest diameter that will fit inside ths ferrule before inserting the stick/leg/pole.
    2. use a decent epoxy and glue the leg into the ferrule well before you use it; epoxy putty works well for odd shapes.

    I hope this is of help :)
     
  7. Lupis

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    Could you not just put it on top of a pound store ground sheet? Folded a couple of times it should stop
    it from sinking right in and even if it did sink in a bit it would stop the caps from being lost in the mud.
     
  8. Blaidd

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    Just googled "non sinking stool".

    I wish I hadn't.

    Answers were for the wrong kind of "stool".

    :eek:
     
  9. Shewie

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    A double flusher? :)


    I'd just stamp and few bits of split wood into the ground
     
  10. The_Taffinch

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    Could you use those garden cane tips that people put on the end of canes to stop people poking their eyes out? Maybe glued into the ends of the legs?
     
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    Jar lids might work.
     
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    Genius. Simple is always better.
     
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    Stamp on ya beer cans put them underneath!😉🍻


    Sent from somewhere?
     
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    I've done that for a couple of decades but its perhaps too simple a solution :lmao:
     
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    cut a triangular piece of strong waterproof fabric (tent groundsheet type) Make it the size of the three stool feet when apart (erect). Stitch 3 x corner pockets one into each of the three corners on the triangle, so the stool leg feet fit into the pockets. This should spread weight across the ground under the stool and reduce foot sinkage. cheap, recycled & light weight.
     
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    Humpback On a new journey

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    Old tennis balls work for me
     
  17. Bowlin

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    Excellent!

    Some great ideas to try, many thanks to you all.

    Cheers

    Steve
     
  18. Blaidd

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    I was trying think of a way to use tape or fabric! Thanks. That would have bugged me tonight! lol
     
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    Something using ducttape maybe... ?

    J
     
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    Something using ducttape maybe... ?

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