Bar Chair and Bench

This week Peter and Annalien show you how to build a stylish bar chair as well as a bench. Peter makes a handy bottle opener out of a piece of wood and a nail, plus Annalien makes some decorative party coasters.

You will need:

Tools Materials
POF 1400 Router plus round over bit Pine (PAR) 20mm thick (or meranti as it would look nicer)
PST 18 Jigsaw Main Bar stool leg – 400 x 650 – 1 piece
PCM Compound Mitre Saw Secondary bar stool legs 190 x 650 – 2 pieces
PSR 10.8 Cordless drill Driver Seat and foot rest 300 x 300 mm – 2 pieces
PSR 18 Cordless Drill Driver Outdoor bench seat  310 mm x 960 mm – 1 piece
PEX 220 Eccentric/Random Orbital sander Outdoor bench seat  front and back skirts 200mm x 1000 mm – 2 pieces
Bosch glue gun Outdoor bench seat side skirts 200mm x 310 mm – 2 pieces
  Outdoor bench back rest front/back 110 mm x 960mm – 2 pieces
  Outdoor bench back rest top and bottom 100 mm x 1000mm – 2 pieces
  Outdoor bench back rest sides 100 mm x 110mm – 2 pieces
  Pine (PAR) 35mm thick (or meranti to match wood for outdoor bench)
  Outdoor bench back rest supports 400 mm x 80mm – 3 pieces
  Pine (PAR) +/- 100mm square (or meranti to match wood for outdoor bench)
  Legs 400 mm – 4 pieces
  cleats 20 x 20mm x 1000mm – 4 pieces (wood to match bar stool)
  4 x 40 mm screws
  4 x 60mm screws
  wood filler to match meranti and pine (make sure they are good for use and not dry)
  Wood glue
  Clear waterbased varnish

Follow these steps:

Bar stool & Bench Steps

  • Draw out shape to create a template on some paper (remember where the footrest will be) you may have to do this more than once to get the desired shape.
  • Transfer your design onto the main leg
  • Divide template in half and transfer on to the remaining legs
  • Cut out main leg and two adjacent legs
  •  Assemble legs with cleats
  • Cut out seat and foot rest
  • Attach seat and footrest to the legs
  • Fill holes
  • Sand and varnish

Outdoor Bench

  • The seat of the bench is basically a big box so join all sides together
  • Put a skirt on the seat to bulk up the bottom by attaching front, back and sides onto the seat
  • Build the back support slats and attach to seat backing
  • Attach legs to the seat from underneath
  • Mark out holes for back rest and drill all our pilot holes first. Note it will be a box when it is finished
  • Attach back part to the back rest to the back support slats
  • Now assemble the back rest “box” onto the back rest
  • Fill holes (if necessary) sand and varnish

Get the plans/layout:

Take a closer look: