DIY Easy Bar Stool (Flame Pattern)

DIY Easy Bar Stool (Flame Pattern)

DIY Easy Bar Stool (Flame Pattern)

Hey all, it's Susan. Hope you're doing great, today I want to share a new bar stool project we did for our home. This is yet another beginner build using pocket hole joinery and limited tools. This bar stool project can be completed in two hours if you have the correct lumber ready. We added a flame pattern on the legs to add some character to the piece.

Check out the plans and detailed instructions below.

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Plan for making the Easy Bar Stool

Easy Bar Stool Plan
Easy Bar Stool Plan

How to build the Easy Bar Stool

Please note the difference in dimension between nominal size and actual size. For e.g., 2 x 4 is the nominal size while 1-½" x 3-½" is the actual size. This is a standard convention.

Cutting the Frame Pieces

We need 2 slanting legs, 2 vertical legs. 2 bracing pieces for the slanting leg, 2 bracing pieces for the vertical leg. And two horizontal bracing pieces for the top and bottom.

For the two slanting leg pieces and two vertical leg pieces, two connecting base pieces, and the two bottom bracing pieces we used 2 x 3 lumber ( actual section size 1-½” x 2-½”).

For the two mitered bracing pieces at the sides on the top and the two non-mitered bracing pieces on the front and back ( dark green in plan) we used 2 x 4 lumber.

Lumber for making the frame (2 x 3 and 2 x 4 lumber)
Lumber for making the frame (2 x 3 and 2 x 4 lumber)

First we made two pieces of length 29-¼” length for the vertical legs on the miter saw using the 2 x 3 lumber (nominal size).

Bar Stool Vertical Leg Piece Plan
Bar Stool Vertical Leg Piece Plan
Cutting the frame pieces on the miter saw
Cutting the frame pieces on the miter saw

Then we made two pieces of length 29-11/16" with edges mitered at 10 degrees on both ends for the slanting legs using 2x3 lumber (nominal size).

Bar Stool Slanting leg piece plan
Bar Stool Slanting leg piece plan

Then we made two pieces of length 15” with one edge mitered at 10 degree for the connecting base pieces on the miter saw using 2 x 3 lumber (nominal size).

Bar Stool Connecting Base Piece Plan
Bar Stool Connecting Base Piece Plan

Then we made two pieces of length 7-¾” using 2 x 3 lumber for the two non-mitered bracing pieces at the top

Bar Stool Front and Back Brace Piece Plan
Bar Stool Front and Back Brace Piece Plan (top brace)

Then we made two pieces of length 7-¾” using 2 x 4 lumber for the two non-mitered bracing pieces at the bottom.

Bar Stool Bottom Brace Piece Plan
Bar Stool Bottom Brace Piece Plan

Then we made two pieces of length 10-½” (on the longer edge) and mitered one edge at 10 degrees on the miter saw for the two mitered bracing pieces.

Bar Stool Mitered Brace Piece Plan
Bar Stool Mitered Brace Piece Plan
All pieces for the frame
All pieces for the frame

Then we sanded all the pieces thoroughly.

Sanding all the pieces
Sanding all the pieces

Drilling the pocket holes for joining the frame

Then we drilled pocket holes on the bracing pieces as shown in the plan. (Pocket hole numbers and size are marked in the plan of each individual piece). 

Making pocket holes in the bracing pieces
Making pocket holes in the bracing pieces
Bracing Pieces with pocket holes drilled
All Pieces with pocket holes drilled

Joining the frame pieces

Then we joined the bracing piece on the top and bottom to the slanting piece and the vertical piece. We used a combination of wood glue and pocket-hole screws to join the pieces.

Joining the frame pieces with pocket hole screws
Joining the frame pieces with pocket hole screws
The two sides of the frame
The two sides of the frame
Joining the two sides of the frame with bracing pieces
Joining the two sides of the frame with bracing pieces
Completed frame of the bar stool
Completed frame of the bar stool

Making the top piece for the bar stool

At this point, the frame of our bar stool was completed and ready, so we had to make the top piece to attach to it. Then we made the top piece for the bar stool using two pieces. One piece of 1 x 4 lumber and another of 1 x 12 lumber ( both are nominal sizes). Both having length 14-¾".

Bar Stool Top Piece Plan
Bar Stool Top Piece Plan
Making the top piece of the stool
Making the top piece of the stool
Pieces for the top seat of the bar stool
Pieces for the top seat of the bar stool

We sanded the two pieces thoroughly at this point. Then we centered it on the frame and applied wood glue on the frame and fixed the board on the frame using nails of size.

Centering the top seating piece (1 x 4) on the frame
Centering the top seating piece (1 x 4) on the frame
Fixing the top seating piece to the frame using nail
Fixing the top seating piece to the frame using nail
Fixing the top seating piece to the frame using nail
Fixing the top seating piece to the frame using nail

Finishing the bar stool

We applied carbon grey stain on the top board.

Staining the top with carbon grey stain from Varathane
Staining the top with carbon grey stain from Varathane

Next we wanted a flame effect on the legs. We used barn red for the top part and black stain for the lower part.

Staining the top of the frame with barn red stain
Staining the top of the frame with barn red stain

To get the flame effect we wiped the black stain on to the red part using a rag with stain getting progressively lighter at the intersection of the stains.

Staining the bottom of the frame using black stain
Staining the bottom of the frame using black stain to get a flame pattern
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DIY Easy Bar Stool (Fire Stool)
DIY Easy Bar Stool
DIY Easy Bar Stool

So that was the easy bar stool project, and I hope you liked how it turned out and want to try it yourself. If you do, please drop me a message and I'll feature it here on this page!

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About V Susan

Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to Mellowpine. We play around with beginner woodworking projects, CNC for hobbyists, and general woodworking tips.

If you'd like to connect with me or talk about something you like at mellowpine, drop me a mail at susan@mellowpine.com

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V Susan

Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to Mellowpine. We play around with beginner woodworking projects, CNC for hobbyists, and general woodworking tips.

If you'd like to connect with me or talk about something you like at mellowpine, drop me a mail at susan@mellowpine.com

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