Simple Modern Bar Table

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A modern style bar height table to match the modern bar stools.

Due to so many requests and so much interest, I'm so happy to debut plans for a simple, modern bar table.

I'm so thrilled with this table because I know it's one of those projects that you can finish in no time flat.  However, if you are going for that sleek rustic look, take the time to choose straight, good boards, and do an exceptional job lining up joints as you build, and do several coats of wood filler, sanding, wood filler, sanding (you know the drill, no pun intended) and finish with fine sandpaper.  Don't forget to vacuum and wipe clean all that sanding residue.  And for a smooth finish, you may wish to sand between coats.  I recommend lots of layer of a thin paint followed with a sprayed on clear coat.


Wouldn't this make a lovely crafting table by a window?



Shopping List

1 – 24″ x 48″ Edge Glued Pine Project Board or 3/4″ Hardwood Plywood OR (for painting) MDF panel
4 – 2×2 Boards, 8′ Long
1 – 1×4 Board, 10′ Long
2″ Screws and 2 1/2″ Screws (OR 1 1/4″ and 2″ Pocket Hole Screws)
Wood Glue

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

24″ x 48″ Project Panel (or plywood or MDF)
2 – 1×4 @ 24″ (End Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 49 1/2″ (Side Aprons)
4 – 2×2 @ 22 1/2″ (Leg Ends)
4 – 2×2 @ 42″ (Leg Sides)
1 – 2×2 @ 49 1/2″ (Bottom Support)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

End Aprons

Attach the end aprons to the tabletop. Keep the top flush.

Step 2

Side Aprons

Attach the side aprons to the tabletop and the end aprons.

Step 3


Build the legs as shown above, either with 2 1/2″ wood screws and glue or 2″ pocket hole screws. Adjust for square.

Step 4


Flip the photo above over. Then attach the legs to the frame as shown above.

Step 5


Allison (not verified)

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 21:17

Love this! I've made quite a few things from your site but I am really looking forward to this one. I plan on making two and put in some locking, somthing, to lock them together when I want to be able to seat more people and have this by the window when I don't. Thank you, love love this plan, its so easy.