Building Tiki Bar Stools

Building Tiki bar stools is essential to creating a Polynesian vibe. They are perfect for your bar inside the home or even in the backyard. They don’t even need to be part of a Tiki bar. The stools are groovy enough on their own. 

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Bamboo wood
  • Table saw
  • Utility blade
  • Mortising chisel
  • Glue
  • Pencil 

Step 1 – Make a Plan 

The great thing about building your own Tiki bar stool is that you’re completely in charge of its design. Decide on the shape of the stool face. It can be circular, square, rectangular, or even hexagonal. Also decide how many legs you want your Tiki bar stool to have. Usually, it’ll have 4 to 6 legs. Plan how large the seat will be and how long the legs will be. Most Tiki bar stools have seats that are 12 to 13 inches in diameter and legs that are around 30 inches in height. Remember that you’ll also need at least 4 stretchers to be secured in between the stool legs, but you can have up to 12 stretchers depending on the number of legs and your stylistic desires. 

Step 2 – Go Shopping 

Classic Tiki bar stools are made out of bamboo wood. If this type of wood isn’t available at your local home improvement store, contact a local retailer. Bamboo wood will not only give your environment a tropical feel, but it can also withstand various weather climates so that your bar stools can be used both indoors and outdoors. Purchase all the necessary wood including for the seat, the legs, and stretchers. 

Step 3 – Cut the Legs 

The Tiki bar stool legs should be thicker at the bottom for sturdiness and stability. Use a table saw to cut the legs appropriately. These legs will be attached to the seat with a through mortise and tenon. Cut a tenon on each leg at an angle so that the legs will be installed at a slight angle. Overestimate the size of the mortise so that you can later trim it for a perfect fit. 

Step 4 – Cut the Mortises and Install the Legs 

Now it’s time to work with the seat. Use a utility blade to measure and mark where the mortises will be, and then cut out the mortises using the mortising chisel. Test to see if the leg can fit in the mortise. If not, trim it down to size. When you have a perfect fit, glue each leg into its appropriate mortise. When the glue has dried, sand the part of the legs sticking out down to the surface of the seat. 

Step 5 – Place In the Stretchers 

Plan where you’ll be inserting the stretchers and mark these spots with a pencil. Measure the distance between the legs, which will be the length of the stretchers. Use the table saw to cut the stretchers to this length. Now, glue them between the Tiki bar stool legs. When this has dried, you can optionally complete the Tiki design with Polynesian cloths as seat covers and palm fronds glued to the side of the seat.