How to Make a Wooden Bar Stool

What You'll Need
4 equal pieces of wood at least 3 to 3 1/2 inches thick (whether they are circular or squared is up to you
Drill bits
Wood Glue or Carpenter's glue
1 wooden piece for the seat at least 4 inches thick
4 large screws no more than 3 inches long
Low grit sandpaper
Varnish or stain (optional)
Padding or upholstery (optional)

The most common type of wooden bar stool has 4 legs for support. If you are a beginner, try not to use hard wood as it can be difficult to carve properly. The size of the bar stool is up to you, but a good size for an adult is 24 to 26 inches circumference for the round seat. Follow the simple steps below to make your own wood bar stool.

Step 1: Measurements

The measurements are entirely up to you to decide. If you don’t have any idea what size to choose, just follow the standard measurements listed above. To begin, cut them using a saw.

Step 2: Selecting the Wood

You may wish to choose a particular type of wood that matches the rest of your room's furniture. Again, this is up to you to decide, but if you are a beginner, it is better to use oak, beech or maple. The important thing to check is that the wood is sturdy. Use some sandpaper to polish the edges of the wood.

Step 3: The Seat

Use the drill to drill 4 holes in the wooden seat. These will host the screws. Use the chisel to carefully enlarge the holes for the screws to be inserted properly. Now insert the screws in a way that the pointed part is used for the legs to be inserted into them.

Step 4:  The Wooden Legs

Make sure that the wooden legs are equal in size. If they are not, trim them accordingly. Sand the top and the bottom parts of the 4 wooden legs with low grit sandpaper. Use the drill to drill a hole just deep enough for the tip of the screws to enter into it.

Now insert the legs, one by one, into the screws just for the pieces to fit together. Squeeze some glue into the holes, and then fasten the screws tightly until you see that they are quite tight.

Step 5: Checking

Wipe off the any excess glue and leave the wooden bar stool to dry. Make sure that the stool doesn’t wobble. To finish up, you can stain, paint or varnish your wood or add a pad to your seat.