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Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

May 26, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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These simple modern outdoor bar stools look great on your patio or even indoors. Simple and inexpensive to build, flat legs add updated style.

Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection
Dimensions: 
Overall dimensions are shown above.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

12′ of 1x2s
18′ of 1x3s
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws

1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
hammer
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

CUT LIST
2 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Seat side aprons)
2 – 1×2 @ 12 3/4” (Seat end aprons)
2 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Seat supports)
2 – 1×3 @ 14 1/2″ (Breadboard Ends)
5 – 1×3 @ 10 3/4″ (Seat Slats)
4 – 1×3 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Bottom Supports)
2 – 1×2 @ 12 3/4″ (Bottom Supports)

General Instructions

Sand and finish your board before assembling (unless you can use a spray finish). Work on a clean level surface and predrill and countersink your screw holes. Keep outside edges flush and use glue. Check for square after each step. Be safe, have fun.

Step 1

Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

SEAT FRAME
Build your seat frame with glue and 2″ screws as shown above. Make sure the support is square at this step.

Step 2

Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

BREADBOARD ENDS
Attach the breadboard ends with the 1 1/4″ screws and glue. You can place a seat slat in between to help you line up your breadboard ends.

Step 3

Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

SEAT SLATS
Screw your seat slats to the supports as shown above. Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws.

Step 4

Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

LEGS
Attach the legs with 1 1/4″ screws and glue to the seat aprons as shown above.

Step 5

Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

BOTTOM SUPPORTS
Attach the shorter bottom supports as shown above to the insides of the legs. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

Step 6

Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

BOTTOM SUPPORTS
Attach the longer bottom supports to both the shorter supports and the legs using 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

Step 7

FINISHING
Your stool should have at least a base finish layer. You can touch up screw holes with paintable silicone or wood filler, lightly sand even, and add a touch up coat of paint.

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Ana- I just remembered that I

Ana- I just remembered that I have a HUGE pile of fence boards cut in half behind my shed from our old fence. Do you think they would be sturdy enough to use in building these stools? Other than being weathered, they look like they are in good condition.

posted by Katie (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-28 05:47

I would be careful with

I would be careful with stools, you don't want them to break when someone stout sits on them! Maybe try building one first and check out how strong it is? It really is going to depend on the boards.

posted by Ana White (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-05-28 12:03

I am going to shorten the

I am going to shorten the legs on the stool plan to make a side table to go with my chairs!

posted by Mary (not verified) | on Wed, 2010-06-16 15:24

What about a back on these?

What about a back on these? I'm looking at it thinking it couldn't be hard to add a back (and make it 6" shorter) perfect for my counter.

posted by M.B.Walker (not verified) | on Sat, 2010-08-14 11:37

M.B.Walker, That's exactly

M.B.Walker,
That's exactly what I wanted to do. Here's a link to my plans w/ low back added: http://mydiyhome.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/project-bar-stool/

Basically just extended the back legs up higher and added a board between them :)

posted by diymyhome (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-08-31 09:36

We moved our site (so the

We moved our site (so the link above won't be working for much longer:
Here’s a link to my plans w/ low back added: http://diy-my-home.com/2010/08/project-bar-stool/
Basically just extended the back legs up higher and added a board between them

Happy building!

posted by diymyhome (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-09-05 20:09

[...] another outdoor

[...] another outdoor chair-side table to give to my mom for her birthday. I figured, Hey! That stool (Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection — Ana White) would make a pretty sweet table if I lowered it a mite. Well, yes, but again with the math. First [...]

posted by questions about knock-off wood... - AmityMama.com (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-09-06 10:13

THANKS TO YOU ANA!! we now

THANKS TO YOU ANA!! we now have some counter stools for our new island. I simply took your bar stool plans and shortened the leg height to 26". My kids love, love, love them. Here's the link to see pictures
http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2010/09/s-is-for-stools.html

posted by jcostigl (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-09-09 15:37

[...] Aren’t they just

[...] Aren’t they just beautiful!  Actual reader photo from these plans. [...]

posted by How to Build Simple Bar Stools with a Modern Edge — Ana Whit (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-09-23 21:32

[...] the amazing plans from

[...] the amazing plans from Ana White. We’re still trying to decide between these modern ones and these simpler ones, which one do you like [...]

posted by A Little Bite of Everything | More Kitchen Upgrades (not verified) | on Tue, 2010-12-28 14:27

Quick Question

I love the look of these and plan to build them but I have a question first. The materials section mentions a kreg jig, which I do have, but the step by step plans don't mention when or where to use it. Is that because the step by step plans assume not having one? I just don't want to make any mistakes on these. Also, do you know how much weight they hold? Thank you very much!

I love this site!

posted by Pamela Stevens (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-06-25 07:34

Same question as Pamela

In the materials it mentions using a kreg jig but then the step by step plans don't mention when or where to use it. Any clarification would be appreciated!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-02-20 13:12

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