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Simple Modern Bar Stools

September 23, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A simple square style bar stool with a slight angled front leg. A tad edgy, a ton useful.

Simple Modern Bar Stools

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Simple Modern Bar Stools
Dimensions: 
30" High x 13" deep x 16" wide

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

12″ of 1×12 Board
4 1/2 feet of 1×4 Boards
2 – 2×2 Boards
2 1/2″ Screws

wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
sander
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

1 – 1×12 @ 11 1/2″ (Seat)
2 – 1×4 @ 11 1/2″ (Short Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 13″ (Longer Aprons)
2 – 2×2 @ 30″ (Back Legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 30 1/8″ (Front Legs, both ends cut 5 degrees off square, parallel to each other)
1 – 2×2 @ 12 5/8″ (Longest Point, one end cut at 5 degrees off square)
1 – 2×2 @ 10 1/8″ (Longest Point, one end cut at 5 degrees off square)
2 – 2×2 @ 13″ (Leg Suppo

Cutting Instructions: 
Please be aware that 1x12 boards (for the seat) can vary in width and you should always check the acutal width of your 1x12s before making any cuts and adjust the plan as needed. We use 11 1/2" as the width for 1x12s because many of us make our 1x12s out of 3/4" plywood, and this width reduces plywood scraps.

Step 1

Simple Modern Bar Stools

Seat Aprons

Attach the seat aprons to the seat with 2 1/2″ screws and glu

Step 2

Simple Modern Bar Stools

Longer Aprons

Attach the longer aprons to both the seat and the shorter aprons with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 3

Simple Modern Bar Stools

Legs

Build two of the legs as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 4

Simple Modern Bar Stools

Assembly

Assemble the seat and legs as shown above. Screw from under the seat to hide your screw holes.

Step 5

Simple Modern Bar Stools

Supports

Attach the supports to the legs as shown above with 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

You may wish to add cork pads under the legs to protect your floor and take any unevenness out of the stool. You will want to elevate the bottom onto four points because most floors have some unevenness.

Finishing Instructions

The thing about bar stools is you gotta have support at the bottoms.   But how to build with simple tools and basic off the shelf lumber?  Not always as easy as you would think.

But today, I'm so happy to give you the first indoor bar stool plans on our site.  We do have outdoor bar stools already online that some of you have used for indoor stools.

Aren't they just beautiful!  Actual reader photo from these plans.

 

But today, we are going to build with angles.  Not much of one.  But even a small angle helps keep the stool from wiggling apart over time.  And the bracing on the bottom supports the ends of the legs.

This one is really simple.  You totally got this one.

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Hi Ana - Those bar stools

Hi Ana - Those bar stools made counter height are actually mine! I was so surprised to see my photo up (today is my birthday so it was a great treat!) and I wanted to thank you for the acknowledgment of my work. Here's the link to my post about the actual process I went through to make the stools.

http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2010/09/s-is-for-stools.html

I absolutely cannot thank you enough for your plans, you really do a great job of making it easy for others to build. I wish you the best of luck at Blogilicous.

posted by jcostigl (not verified) | on Fri, 2010-09-24 06:50

I have an extra-tall bar. Is

I have an extra-tall bar. Is there any issue with modifying these plans to make the stools 32 or 34 inches tall? It seems straight-forward, but don't want to overlook any stability issues. Thanks!

posted by Mahin (not verified) | on Mon, 2010-11-29 03:09

Extra tall bar

I have an extra tall bar as well. I am going to make the bar stools an extra 4" inches and see what happens. I can't imagine that would make a big difference in stability but we'll see.

posted by Christoph (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-05-16 20:46

Tall Bar

My bar is going to be 45in. With your plans, can I make the bars tool 35in tall? Will that effect the stability?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-10-20 11:12

Hi, Can you tell me what the

Hi, Can you tell me what the approximate cost of building one of these stools is?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-10 14:19

Hello- Great stools, but I am

Hello-

Great stools, but I am looking for the blogger that does the stools in your picture of the white stools at the kitchen island. She does everything herself and I can't find her site. Could you give me a link to her site please? Thanks!
Emmy

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-01-06 08:41
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Nice Looking Stool

I like the modern look of the stool and it seems easy enough to build! I'm going to build a couple of these and I was wondering are the long and short aprons for the seat just 3 1/2" in width,the width of a 1"X4"? If it's a different width then a standard 1"X4", I didn't see it or may have over looked it.

posted by mier | on Sun, 2012-01-29 00:44

Does anyone know what the

Does anyone know what the approximate cost of building one of these stools is?

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-10 14:17

Cost

You can usually find an estimated cost at the end of the post. In this case, it states "under $20".

posted by sgilly02 (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-10 16:15

Cost

You can usually find an estimated cost at the end of the post. In this case, it states "under $20".

posted by sgilly02 (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-04-10 16:16
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Screw Length Question!!

I love this seat and I'm going to make some. I'm wondering about using such long screws? In steps 1 & 2 the seat and sides are made with 1X material and normally you use like 1 1/4" screws to attach the 1X material. So how and why did you put it together using 2" & 21/2" screws? You kreg jigged them right or did you screw the side pieces directly into the seat without kreg jigging them? If you kreg jigged them how far back did you clamp the jig, to drill the pocket holes? I'm sure I'll figure it out by trial and error but I thought maybe you could tell me? Do you think using 1 1/4" k.j. screws will work for attaching the sides to the seat?

posted by mier | on Mon, 2012-04-23 16:07

keg jig

I just can't afford a kreg jig right now, will the mini kreg jig work for this project?

posted by Brandice (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-05-04 22:46

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