Stools for the Bar Table for the Simple Outdoor Collection

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These simple modern outdoor bar stools look great on your patio or even indoors. Simple and inexpensive to build, flat legs add updated style.

Overall dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

12′ of 1x2s
18′ of 1x3s
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Seat side aprons)
2 – 1×2 @ 12 3/4” (Seat end aprons)
2 – 1×2 @ 11 1/2″ (Seat supports)
2 – 1×3 @ 14 1/2″ (Breadboard Ends)
5 – 1×3 @ 10 3/4″ (Seat Slats)
4 – 1×3 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)
2 – 1×2 @ 13″ (Bottom Supports)
2 – 1×2 @ 12 3/4″ (Bottom Supports)

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

Sand and finish your board before assembling (unless you can use a spray finish). Work on a clean level surface and predrill and countersink your screw holes. Keep outside edges flush and use glue. Check for square after each step. Be safe, have fun.


Step 1

Build your seat frame with glue and 2″ screws as shown above. Make sure the support is square at this step.

Step 2

Attach the breadboard ends with the 1 1/4″ screws and glue. You can place a seat slat in between to help you line up your breadboard ends.

Step 3

Screw your seat slats to the supports as shown above. Use glue and 1 1/4″ screws.

Step 4

Attach the legs with 1 1/4″ screws and glue to the seat aprons as shown above.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the longer bottom supports to both the shorter supports and the legs using 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

Step 7

Your stool should have at least a base finish layer. You can touch up screw holes with paintable silicone or wood filler, lightly sand even, and add a touch up coat of paint.


Katie (not verified)

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 03:47

Ana- I just remembered that I have a HUGE pile of fence boards cut in half behind my shed from our old fence. Do you think they would be sturdy enough to use in building these stools? Other than being weathered, they look like they are in good condition.

Ana White (not verified)

Fri, 05/28/2010 - 10:03

I would be careful with stools, you don't want them to break when someone stout sits on them! Maybe try building one first and check out how strong it is? It really is going to depend on the boards.

Mary (not verified)

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 13:24

I am going to shorten the legs on the stool plan to make a side table to go with my chairs!

M.B.Walker (not verified)

Sat, 08/14/2010 - 09:37

What about a back on these? I'm looking at it thinking it couldn't be hard to add a back (and make it 6" shorter) perfect for my counter.

questions abou… (not verified)

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 08:13

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Pamela Stevens (not verified)

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 05:34

I love the look of these and plan to build them but I have a question first. The materials section mentions a kreg jig, which I do have, but the step by step plans don't mention when or where to use it. Is that because the step by step plans assume not having one? I just don't want to make any mistakes on these. Also, do you know how much weight they hold? Thank you very much!

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Guest (not verified)

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 10:12

In the materials it mentions using a kreg jig but then the step by step plans don't mention when or where to use it. Any clarification would be appreciated!