DIY industrial style adjustable height bar stools - plans by Ana-White.com
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long 3/4" plywood scraps for the top plate
12" round or 2x12 for the seat
18" - 5/8" all thread
5/8" flange or top plate (we diyed ours with scrap metal and nuts welded together)
4 - 5/8" nuts and washers
2 - 2x2 @ 12-1/2" - both ends are cut at 10 degrees off square, ends NOT parallel, longest point to longest point measurement 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" 4 - 2x2 @ 23-1/2" - both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to short point measurement, ends ARE parallel 4 - 2x2 @ 9-5/8" - both ends cut at 45 degrees, ends NOT parallel, longest point to longest point measurement 1 - 12" round (we cut ours from 1x12s and 3/4" plywood scraps glued together to get the 1-1/2" thickness - these are also available off the shelf
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!
Cut the 3/4" plywood to an 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" square, then cut corners off at 45 degrees.
Set a circular saw blade to 3/4" depth and notch out the 2x2 cross supports as shown above, cutting the long side on one and the short side on the other. Glue (don't screw or nail) the two pieces together.
Build the stool using either 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws or countersinking wood screws (2-1/2" long would work).
Attach the outer foot rest with 2-1/2" screws countersunk from outside. You'll only need one screw per joint. Use glue.
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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