2x4 Half Lap Bar Stools

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Project by JSB posted 09-07-2014 08:40 PM 5534 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a pair of 24” tall bar stools for a 36” bar that I have on the back side of my kitchen countertop. Finally I have a place to eat as I currently do not have a dining table. I’m not too thrilled with the stain I chose. I doubt I’ll use it again. It was a little too dark for this piece and covers the wood grain more than I had hoped.

For those who are interested in the step by step process, the build video, and free plans you can find them here:

-- Jay -

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 11:47 PM

I personally think the stain looks good…. maybe not what you had in mind …. but it still looks good.

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 12:03 AM

Nice stools and I’d say a nice stain on them too,dark chestnut is my favorite.If you do want to have a lighter coat of the stain,you can sand to a higher grit.Usually people sand to 150 grit for the first coat and between 220-400 between coats,but let’s say you sanded to 220 or even 300 before applying any finish,the wood would be effectively sealed from sanding and the stain would not penetrate very deeply into the wood,giving you more control with the amount of color you apply.Try it and see for yourself!

-- A poor workman blames his tools. Mr.B, Ontario Canada -

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#3 posted 09-08-2014 12:17 AM

Nice, simple and sturdy looking stools.

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 01:25 AM

Great joints. Nicely done sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 03:09 AM

Very clean lines and nice proportions, nice work.

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 12:05 PM

Nice, smooth, and looks like very nice stools

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#7 posted 09-08-2014 01:19 PM

I think this great. Using a common material just shows how beautiful it can be. Good simple design. Maybe the stain could be a little lighter, but the contrast with the floor and the white wall is nice. Maybe strap on some cushions?

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#8 posted 09-08-2014 11:20 PM

I agree with Lalloos about finer grit sanding to keep the stain from penetrating too much. If I want very dark stain penetration, 150 grit is good. 320 grit allows very little stain to penetrate.

The question is – why the heck am I saying anything to you? I watched your video. Dude – you ROCK!! You can tell the kind of skills someone has by how they handle the simplest things.

You get straight A’s for the video and build. I kind of agree with you on the stain. The build was so good – those stools deserve a better stain.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 06:48 PM

WOW kewl design

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#10 posted 09-10-2014 08:25 PM

They look great to me as well, if you were looking for something more like the floor color I think a different wood would help on that.

To Do List
1. Bar Stools – Check
2. Dining Room Table – Get started Thanksgiving is come soon.

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#11 posted 04-12-2016 01:52 PM

Nice work. I think the stain looks great.

Is there anything you would adjust in the design if you were going to make the stools about 30” tall?

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