Vintage Bar Stool

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 10:51
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Free plans to build vintage bar stools!

Well hello there!!!!

Are you needing barstools, but not willing to pay hundreds of dollars for each ... and you need several?

Well, we can help you out there!

For just about $20 each, Brooke built these barstools from plans we worked on together!  

Complete with a white chippy finish, all this vintage charm is handbuilt from solid wood!!!!

I hope you take a second to stop over and read Brooke's building post - she's a very inspiring lady! - and get all the details on this stool.  And OF COURSE we got you covered as always with the free step by step plans!

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

1 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x3 @ 3 feet long
2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 ¼” PH screws
2 ½” PH screws (8)
Wood glue

Cut List

4 – 1x2 @ 8”
2 – 1x2 @ 7 ¼”
2 – 1x3 @ 15”
1 – 1x2 @ 15”
2 – 1x4 @ 15”
2 – 2x2 @ 45”
2 – 1x4 @ 16”
2 – 2x2 @ 29 ¼”
2 – 2x2 @ 15”
2 – 2x2 @ 16”
5 – 1x4 @ 18”
8 – 1x4 @ 3 ½”

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Build the back as shown above.

Step 2

TIP: If you drill ¾” PHs facing UPWARD on inside of aprons, you can use those PHs later on to attach seat. Also, if you feel the stool needs it, you can add corner bracing at this step.

Step 3

Add the stretchers. A tip I learned from Patrick Hosey is to drill a PH on two different sides to create the best joint on a 2x2 :)

Step 4

Now add the seat. If you followed along and drilled the PHs in the aprons in step 2, attach with 1 1/4" PH screws from underneath.

Step 5

Step 6

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Tue, 04/30/2013 - 16:37

I built two of these. They are nice peices. I went to sell them and someone went to sit on the chair and the front support post broke. I tried killerb, kreg jig pocket holes on alternate sides for the 2x2.. very strong joint but I could not believe me eyes when she broke it. The rest of the seat is fine. But I want to get this resolved asap. Thank you


Sun, 06/30/2013 - 09:09

I am assuming that the list of materials is for making one. Is this correct?

Love your site!


Sun, 06/30/2013 - 09:09

I am assuming that the list of materials is for making one. Is this correct?

Love your site!


Fri, 07/05/2013 - 17:55

I love love love these stools. My question is, are you sure your shopping list on the 2x2's is correct? We could not get everything out of the 2ea 8 footers. We had to buy an extra 3 ft piece. But now we're pretty awesome at using a kreg jig after a couple booboo's. I'm going to try to upload our pictures. Not done yet though! Thank you very much.


Fri, 08/16/2013 - 06:58

The counter in my apartment is 48" high and I haven't been able to find tall enough stools anywhere, so I started looking online for info on making my own. These plans look simple enough that I could probably make two stools with little error.

I do have some questions, can these plans be adjusted to account for a higher seat? I'm thinking about putting the seat between 35"-39". What type of wood do you recommend?



Sat, 04/04/2015 - 14:42

Ph = pocket hole. One great advantage of ph over just counter sinking is guiding the screw in at a good angle. The angle is another element which makes ph great. Just learn the ph. I started with and am still useing the basic two hole clap on version of the kreg jig. I used an Irwin squeeze clamp for a long time. You do need to clamp it on.