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How to Create Bar Stool Legs

Experts from DIY's Man Caves create some bar stool legs to complete the Ultimate Celtics Fan's Ultimate Bar for a fan.

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  • Time

    2 hours

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Cut the Legs

Note: Visit your local sports memorabilia shop or online store to locate vintage arena seats similar to the Boston Garden seats—or if you have a pal like the Goose, have him do you the favor! You can also purchase foam and fabric to create your own cushioned seat.

To create the bar stool legs, first sketch out each bar stool on paper.

Take a 2 x 4 and cut in half to a 1-1/2 x 1-1/2. Traditional bar stool height is 30", and the height of the bar stool seat should be factored into the final measurement. In most cases, use plywood or MDF to secure the custom seat to the legs.

Cut each of the four legs at the same exact measurement and the same goes for your cross braces (eight in all). To verify that each leg and cross brace are exact measurements, stack each group and use both hands to feel for accuracy. If the legs are not exact, it will cause the stool to be wobbly and therefore could be dangerous.

Step 2: Connect the Legs

To connect the legs with the cross braces use a Forster bit, apply some wood glue and insert a 2" deck screw at all connecting points of the framework.

Sand and finish with stain or paint.

Step 3: Assemble the Seat

Assemble the bar seat accordingly. If the bar seat is heavy, keep in mind that in some cases you may need to add safety legs to prevent the stool from toppling over.

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