Tent Construction

For multi-day events we set up tents so that we can sleepover.
Initially we just used modern tents and pulled them down every morning, which was very time consuming.
The plan now is to construct "period" tents (possibly with the modern tent inside when it is cold).
So here we go...
The tent is an A frame as shown in the following photo.
Viking Tent Timber A frame
The main timbers are:
  • 90x19mm pine 2.4 meters in length - $5.76 x 2
  • 190x19mm pine 3.0 meters in length - $14.85 x 1
  • 30mm dowel 2.4 meters in length - about $28
  • 70x35mm non structure pine 2.4 meters in length - $2.75x2
You will need approximately 22 meters of rope and and canvas covering.

Here is a list of the timbers and how to cut them.
The front most A frame has carved heads on top.
Viking Tent heads on top front timbers
Carving the head
I made up a template for the dragon head, printed it onto card stock and cut out the waste with a shap blade. I then used this to trace the pattern onto the timber.
The template is available here.
Head on tent

The Spiral Carving
I made up a spiral pattern, printed it on card stock and then cut the "waste" out with a sharp blade.
Sine Wave Template
The pattern is available here.
Trace the pattern onto the timber and drill holes in each waste section.
Spiral Carving 1

Using a jigsaw cut out the waste sections.
Spiral Carving 2

Then chissel out the down sections.
Spiral Carving 3

Then sand it all smooth.
Spiral Carving 4

Then stain it.
Spiral Carving 5 - Now Stained

The finished top of the post.
Tent Spiral Carving Top
Rounding the bottom rails. Square cut the ends of the bottom rails.
Square cut bottom rail
Then using a chissel and rasp and finally sand paper round the ends to be 30mm in diameter.
rounded ends to bottom rails

Now to put it all together- lots of ropes.
The top timber - the 30mm dowel needs to have a rope put through it and a loop tied on each end.
Rope tied through top timber
Tie a loop in either end of a 2.2meter rope (it should be 2.2 meters between the insides of the tied loops) You need two of these ropes for the front and the back of the tent.
Tent Showing ropes
Then tie a loop in the end of 4 pieces of rope (each about 4 meters long) - these are the 4 cross brackes.

On the bottom end the bracking rope is looped over the end of the timbers.
Ropes on bottom timbers
And are tied at the top end onto the rope in the top timber. Note the brass pin in the hole on the outside of the top timber.
Rope and pin on top timber
The next step is to make the canvas covering.
For this I have purchased a canvas drop sheet ($63) - not sure if it is the cheapest way to do it yet, but it is sewed together, so that saves one step.
Canvas drop sheet
The cutting pattern is here.

The tent with the top canvas - still haven't added the front and back doors.
Viking tent with canvas cover

All up it costs about $130 per tent (I am making 4 of these)

The pine look is a bit stark, so a dark stain was applied to all the timbers to give them an aged look.
Before Staining:
Timber for 4 tents - Unstained
After Staining:
Timber for 4 tents - Stained