DIY: Bar Stool Bench

By Clayton Kim
Use 2-by-4 wood planks to make a custom bar stool bench for your bar area of your home.

If you thinking about making a bar stool bench, you must account for the height and width of the bar and the materials to be used. Bars are made to different dimensions, which is why proper measurement is important. Bar stool benches a larger surface area for people to share, while they chat, drink and eat at your bar. They give the users a more intimate feel, but also increase the weight that the legs of the bench need to support.

Preparation

Measure the height and width of the bar counter, using a tape measure. For example, the width of the bar counter is 5 feet and the height of the bar counter is 4 feet.

Cut six 2-by-4 wood planks to the length of 3 feet, using a table saw. The pieces are the legs. Cut three 2-by-4 wood planks to the length of 2 feet. The pieces are the leg connectors. Cut eight 2-by-4 wood planks to the length of 5 feet, using a table saw. Two of the pieces are the long seat frames. Six of the pieces are the seat planks. Cut two 2-by-4 wood planks to the length of 16 inches, using a table saw. The pieces are the short seat frames.

Smooth all the cut edges on the wood planks to remove splinters, using sandpaper.

Cut six ¼-inch rubber sheets to the dimensions of 2-by-4 inches, using a utility knife.

Assembly

Position two legs vertically on a level surface. The legs are parallel to each other. Place the ends of a leg connector on top of the ends of the legs. Nail through the ends of the leg connector into the ends of the legs, using a hammer and wood nails. The structure makes a “U” shape and is the leg support. Repeat until you make three leg supports.

Position two long seat frames horizontally on a level surface. The long seat frames are parallel to each other. Insert the two short seat frames between the ends of the long seat frames. Nail the through the ends of the long seat frames into the ends of the short seat frames, using a hammer and wood nails. The structure makes a rectangular shape and is the seat frame.

Position the three leg supports parallel to each other. Place the seat frame horizontally onto the tops of the leg supports. Adjust two of the leg supports at each end of the seat frame. Adjust one leg support at the center of the seat frame.

Drill two ¼-inch pilot holes with a length of 6 inches through the seat frame into each leg. Use a power drill and ¼-inch drill bit. Drill a total of 12 pilot holes. Insert 3/8-inch wood screws with a length of 6 inches into each of the pilot holes in the seat frame. Tighten the wood screws, using a screw driver.

Position the seat planks horizontally on top of the seat frame. Drill ¼-inch pilot holes with a length of 4 inches through the seat planks into the seat frame. Drill the pilot holes every 6 inches on each side of the seat frame. Use a power drill and ¼-inch drill bit. Insert 3/8-inch wood screws with a length of 4 inches into each of the pilot holes in the seat planks. Tighten the wood screws, using a screw driver.

Invert the bar stool bench. Glue the bottom of the legs and attach 2-by-4 rubber pieces, using a hot glue gun. Let the hot glue dry for 20 seconds.

Tip

Paint or varnish the bar stool bench to your desired color or leave it unfinished for a natural look.

Warning

Wear protective gloves, goggles and mask when handling a table saw and power drill. Use the hot glue gun with caution. The tip of the hot glue gun is extremely hot and causes burns on contact.