This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a bar stool. If you want to learn more about building a nice high stool, we suggest you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Work with good judgement and take a look over the rest of the related projects, as there are many other designs and woodworking plans to choose from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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How to build a bar stool
- A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 29 1/2″ long, 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber – 44″ long LEGS
- B – 4 pieces of 2×3 lumber – 16″ long FRAME
- C – 2 pieces of 2×2 – 16″ long, 2 pieces – 18 3/4″ long SUPPORTS
- D – 3 piece of 1×1 lumber – 16″ long CLEATS
- E – 10 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 16″ long SLATS
Building a bar stool
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the back legs. as you can easily notice in the plans, we recommend you to mark the cut lines on a 2×6 slat and to get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper and remove the residues.
It is essential to take accurate measurements and invest in high-quality materials, as the back legs have such an intricate shape. Work with attention to prevent costly mistakes.
Continue the woodworking project by building the frame of the bar stool. In order to get a professional result, we recommend you to cut the front legs out of 2×2 lumber and the framing components out of 2×3 lumber.
Top Tip: Drill pocket holes at both ends of the aprons and secure them to the legs with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled.
In order to enhance the rigidity of the bar stool, we recommend you to cut the bottom supports out of 2×2 lumber. Cut one end of the side braces at 81.5 degrees and fit them into place with attention.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the components and align them with great care, before inserting the 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Add glue to the joints and remove the excess with a damp cloth. Check if the corners are square.
Fit 1×1 cleats to the seat of the bar stool, in order to create a rigid frame. Work with attention and secure the cleats into place in a professional manner. Leave 3/4″ from the top of the seat to the cleats.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach slats to the seat of the stool. Drill pilot holes and secure the slats to the cleats using 1 1/4″ screws. Cut the slats at the right size and drill pocket holes at both ends. Leave about 1/4″ between the slats.
Top Tip: After fitting the slats into place, we recommend you to smooth the edges in order to create really flat and even surface. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the backrest slats and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the back legs.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the woodworking project and to protect the bar from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the bench in a proper location and move it whenever necessary.
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