How to Build a Swivel Bar Stool


Do you have a countertop bar in your kitchen and plan on building a bar stool or two for it? This article walks you through step-by-step instructions on building a simple wooden swivel bar stool. You just need a few carpentry tools, plywood, wood stain or paint of your choice, a swivel plate and hardware.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 6-foot 2-by-2s
  • ¾-inch high-quality smooth-finish plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • String
  • Keyhole saw
  • Circular saw
  • Sander
  • Wood stain or paint of your choice
  • 2½-inch wood screws
  • 1½-inch wood screws
  • 5/8-inch wood screws
  • 6¾-inch swivel plate
  • Screwdriver

Cutting the Pieces for Your Swivel Bar Stool

  • Cut four 3-foot pieces from the 2-by-2s with the circular saw for the legs.

  • Cut eight 7-inch pieces from the 2-by-2 boards.

  • Cut a 10-inch square piece from the plywood.

  • Draw a 1-foot-4-inch square box on a piece of plywood. Mark the center of this box by lightly tapping a nail into the plywood. Tie one end of the string around the nail and extend it to the center of one of the edges of the box. Take a pencil and use the spot of your string exactly at the edge to draw a perfect 1-foot-4-inch-wide circle on the plywood. Use the keyhole saw to cut out the circle from the plywood.

  • Sand all rough edges off the cut pieces. Apply wood stain or paint of your choice and allow to dry.

Constructing Your Swivel Bar Stool

  • Lay two leg pieces on the floor parallel to each other 7 inches apart. Place a 7-inch-long piece between the legs on one end so you have three sides of a rectangle. Drive a 2½-inch screw through the side of both legs into the ends of the shorter piece.

  • Place another 7-inch piece between the legs 2 feet away from the other 7-inch piece. Screw it to both legs with 2½-inch screws.

  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 and build another similar section using the other two legs and two more shorter pieces.

  • Lay the two sections on the side of one leg parallel to each other 7 inches apart so the 7-inch pieces are vertical. Screw the remaining four 7-inch 2-by-2 pieces between the legs not attached yet at the same level as the other four 7-inch pieces. You now have four legs with a square frame holding them together at the top and another square frame two feet below that one.

  • Place the 10-inch square piece of plywood on top of the frame at the top of the four legs. Drive a 1½-inch screw through each corner into all four legs.

  • Center the 6¾-inch swivel plate on top of the square piece and attach it. Use 5/8-inch screws and drive them through the bottom part of the plate into the plywood.

  • Center the round seat on top of the swivel plate. Screw it to the plate with 5/8-inch screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be cautious when using power tools.

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