Outdoor Bar Stools

How to make super simple patio bar stools out of 2×4 lumber. These stools are great for an outdoor patio and can easily be built by any Do It Yourselfer. A total of four 2×4’s are all you’ll need for wood to complete each chair. Cedar is used for this project. Plans for the Concrete Bar Top and Cedar Bar Base are also available.

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Use a miter saw, circular saw, or hand saw to cut the lumber for the bar stool. Drill pocket holes in all of the boards except the legs and seat boards. Use a Kreg Jig and set it to the 1 1/2 inch setting on both the jig and the stop collar on the bit.

Use 2 1/2 inch Kreg Screws to attach the front and rear sections of the chair. I’d recommend using wood glue as well. Next attach the four side boards. This will connect the front ladder to the rear ladder. Use a clamp to hold the boards together if needed. I have a set of JackClamps that I use for most projects.

Use 2 1/2 inch kreg screws to attach the two 15 inch seat supports. Once complete, attach the seat boards to the supports from the underside using 2 1/2 inch wood screws. Prior to attaching the seat boards you can lay them out evenly on the top side and glue into place. Let the glue dry and then flip it upside down to attach the boards with the 2 1/2 inch screws. This will make it easy to space out the boards. Plus, you won’t have screw holes showing from the top side.

Protect and make your new bar stools shine by brushing on a couple coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane from Minwax. If you’d prefer another color or added protection I’d recommend using a deck or fence stain.
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20 Replies to “Outdoor Bar Stools”

  1. Hey I love this project !!! I noticed that the chair had a little rock to in in the video. Where it doesn't sit on the ground. what do you do for that? Also please Come check out my channel and like share and subscribe. Thanks !

  2. Thank you, Thank you very much. step by step, it's so easy to make, even for me as a new in this projects.

  3. Thank you so much honestly. I am a 17 year old boy and found you'r channel like 1 week ago and i love it. Really cool to have someone (even trough the Internet) teaching me and others such things, because i have no father since i am 2, so im kinda forced to learn anything related to "men topics" by myself. Thanks for every single Video.

  4. Any suggestions on how to correct a slight wobble on the stools? It seems one or two of the legs on mine are a tad bit longer than the others.

  5. Awesome stuff I love how you provide a cut list and explain every step. As a new wood worker I really appreciate it. Did you cut the rounded edges of the 2×4 off?

  6. When you turn the stool upside down is the seat to be screwed down on top of a table to hold the two by four pieces in place while being screwed down.

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