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A Bar Stool Plan Suitable for All Skill Levels


DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool

Need new barstools? The DIY plans to build a McKenzie Bar Stool are an excellent choice! Suitable for all skill levels, the bar stool features a flat seat and X bracing detail on the sides. This bar stool is another fabulous build to show off your awesome skills while entertaining for the holidays!

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Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, optional
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

Lumber listed is to build ONE bar stool

  • 2 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 23-1/2″ – Legs
  • 8 – 1×2 at 11-1/4″ – Stretchers
  • 2 – 1×2 at 9-5/16″ – X Bracing
  • 2 – 1×2 at 7-7/16″ – X Bracing
  • 2 – 1×2 at 17-15/16″ – X Bracing
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 15-1/4″ x 15-1/4″ – Seat

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. There will be an angle cut on two adjoining faces at the lower end of each leg. The angles will face to the inside when the bar stool frame is assembled. Cut the angles using a jigsaw or a tapering jig on a table saw.

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of each piece. Secure the stretchers to the legs (as indicated in the drawings) using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Sides DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Stretchers

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the X bracing. Cut the angles as indicated in the drawings – the angles can also be cut by making a mark at the measurement indicated and drawing a diagonal line from the corner of the board to the mark. Drill pocket holes in the shorter pieces as indicated. Assemble the bracing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Insert the X braces in the opening on each side of the bar stool frame. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails through the bracing into the legs or stretchers.

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Step Four

Cut the piece for the seat. The seat will overhang the frame by 1/2″ on all sides. Secure the seat to the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a McKenzie Bar Stool_Seat

Finish as desired.

The height of the bar stool is also easy to customize to counter-height by adjusting the length of the legs. The side detail and stretchers will remain in the same position! The barstools would be fabulous in the kitchen or at a home bar. Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com if there are any questions about the DIY plans to build a McKenzie Bar Stool!

Originally posted 2014-10-09 08:00:48.

Designs by Studio C is your DIY connection to How-To information, DIY projects and free furniture plans. Have questions about the plans? Contact me at cher@designsbystudioc.com!
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