Homemade Bar Stool DIY

Homemade Bar Stool DIY

Homemade Bar Stool DIY

Hey everyone, this is Susan. Today I want to share another 2-hour project, a bar stool for our home. It's an easy beginner build joined using pocket holes. The bright red color goes really well with the green colors in the indoor plants.

DIY Bar Stool

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Plan for making the Homemade Bar Stool

Homemade Bar Stool DIY
Homemade Bar Stool DIY

How to Make the Homemade 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.

So all the pieces for this build are made of square furring strips of actual section size 1-½” x 1-½” with different lengths ( nominal size- 2 x 2), except the top board, which is made of a 1 x 12 piece and 1 x 4 piece (both are nominal sizes)

Square dowels and board lumber for the stool
Square dowels and board lumber for the stool

Making the legs and the horizontal bracing

We cut out four pieces for the leg at 30” length from the square dowel to get four pieces of size-1-½” x 1-½” x 30”.

Leg piece plan
Leg piece plan

Then we cut out eight pieces for the horizontal bracing pieces at 1-½” x 1-½” x 30” size. (Four at the top and four at the bottom)

Horizontal Bracing piece plan
Horizontal Bracing piece plan
Making the legs and horizontal bracing from the square dowels
Making the legs and horizontal bracing from the square dowels

Making the Inclined bracing pieces

Then we had to make the eight small pieces for the Inclined bracing pieces. We made them on the miter saw at 1-½” x 1-½” x 30” size with a 45 degree mitered edge on each end.

Inclined bracing piece plan
Inclined bracing piece plan
Making the inclined bracing pieces on the miter saw
Making the inclined bracing pieces on the miter saw
Eight Inclined bracing pieces ready for joining
Eight Inclined bracing pieces ready for joining

Before we joined the pieces we sanded all the pieces thoroughly up to 180 grit.

Sanding all the pieces
Sanding all the pieces
All the pieces ready after sanding
All the pieces ready after sanding

Making the Pocket holes in the pieces

We used pocket-hole joinery for joining all the pieces. All the pocket holes for this project are to be made in the horizontal bracing pieces.

Horizontal Bracing piece plan
Horizontal Bracing piece plan

We set the kreg jig at the setting/depth for 1-½” material and made two pocket holes in each piece in the horizontal bracing.

Making pocket holes in the bracing pieces for joining to the legs
Making pocket holes in the bracing pieces for joining to the legs

Joining the bracing pieces to the legs

Then we marked the locations for attaching the bracing pieces to the leg pieces as per plan.

Marking the locations for attaching the bracing pieces to the leg pieces
Marking the locations for attaching the bracing pieces to the leg pieces

Then we used 2-½ inch pocket hole screws to join each bracing piece (both horizontal bracing and angled bracing) to the legs. We applied wood glue on the end of each bracing pieces before screwing it to the leg. Thus, each joint has the strength from the pocket hole screws and wood glue both.

Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
Clamping before driving pocket holes screws
Clamping before driving pocket holes screws
Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
Joining the bracing pieces to the legs
The two sides of the legs completed
The two sides of the legs completed
The two sides of the legs completed
The two sides of the legs completed
Putting together the two sides of the legs
Putting together the two sides of the legs
Putting together the two sides of the legs
Putting together the two sides of the legs

Attaching the inclined bracing pieces to the frame

Next we attached the inclined bracing pieces to the frame using wood glue and nails.

Attaching the inclined bracing pieces to the frame
Attaching the inclined bracing pieces to the frame
Nailing the inclined bracing pieces to the frame
Nailing the inclined bracing pieces to the frame
Completed stool frame
Completed stool frame
Completed bar stool frame
Completed bar stool frame

Making the top piece of the stool

Next we made the pieces for the top seat. We took a ¾” x 11-¼” sized board (Nominal size -1" x 12") and another board of size ¾” x 3-½” (Nominal size -1" x 4").  We cut them to the length of 14-¾" each.

Top Piece Plan
Top Piece Plan
Making the top piece of the stool
Making the top piece of the stool

We placed both the boards on the frame we made earlier and centered it. Then we applied wood glue on the frame and the pieces for the top and nailed it to the frame using 2-½ inch nails. Additional clamping is not necessary as the nail holds the top piece to the frame. The nail is really only a temporary connection until the glue cures. The glue is what ultimately gives strength to the joint, not the nail.

Applying wood glue on the frame
Applying wood glue on the frame
Nailing the smaller piece to the frame first
Nailing the smaller piece to the frame first
Applying wood glue on the larger top piece
Applying wood glue on the larger top piece
Nailing the top pieces to the frame
Nailing the top pieces to the frame

Finishing the bar stool

We sanded the top piece of the bar stool thoroughly before staining.

Sanding the top piece of the bar stool
Sanding the top piece of the bar stool

Then we stained the entire piece using Barn Red Stain from Varathane.

Staining the bar stool with barn red finish
Staining the bar stool with barn red finish
Staining the bar stool with barn red finish
Staining the bar stool with barn red finish
DIY Homemade Bar Stool

Hope you liked this bright barn red bar stool. It can be used as a focal point for a room due to its bright color. Let me know by message or mail, if you would like to see more bar stool projects.

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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 basic woodworking projects, home improvement ideas, and decor for you to try out.

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Hi! I'm Susan. I am passionate about DIY projects and dark chocolates! Welcome to MellowPine. We play around with basic woodworking projects, home improvement ideas, and decor for you to try out.

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