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I began a search for barstool plans that looked nice and wouldn’t be too difficult to make since we are no experts at furniture building.  So, once again we looked to (obviously my new favorite website) for some ideas. We decided to make ours with 1x4s rather than 1x3s to make it a little more sturdy and added a low back to it. Here’s how ours turned out:

My barstool painted gloss black

This is how we built the bar stool: What do you need to buy?

1 – 12 ft 1×2
1-10 ft 1×4
1-8 ft 1×4

How to cut?

Step 1&2)

Make the seat frame then attach the seat boards from the underside with 2″ screws

Underside of seat

 View from the top side 

Seat attached from underside

Step 3) front and back legs go on next

Attach front and back legs to frame

Step 4)  Attach back rest. We just glued and clamped ours until it was dry so there wouldn’t be any brackets or screws in the way.

back rest

 Step 5) Attach the footrests

foot rests

sand and stain/paint

Hope that makes sense and that someone else will build a few of these for their outdoor bar or kitchen island bartop! hint hint.


We love our most recent furniture project (KING size platform bed and headboard) SO much and think it would make a great kids bed too. Might even have to make this one in a toddler size too next year when Rory graduates from his crib. I’m just learning to use SketchUp design program so bear with me…here are the plans for a twin platform bed:

Twin bed with headboard

What to buy?? (this is for bedframe only): See this link for headboard plan.
-(5) 1×4 (8ft long) – VERY straight boards
-(1) 3/4″ thick sheet 4x8ft plywood
-(1) 2×4 (8 ft long) – to cut up for the legs (or any other scraps you have around
How to cut the boards:
Cut plywood to 78 1/2″ long x 45″ wide
(2) 1×4 cut to 75 3/4″ – top boards
(2) 1×4 cut to 78 1/2″ – side rails
(2) 1×4 cut to 46 1/2″ – end boards
Cut 2×4 every 3 1/2″  to make (20) pieces (if you want to make the legs like we did from scraps)
STEP 1: Attach legs to plywood
STEP 2: Attach side rails (countersink and screw)
STEP 3: Countersink and drill top 3 boards to plywood
STEP4: Use wood filler on holes ,lightly sand and then paint
STEP 5: Add your twin mattress and sweet dreams
(STEP 6): Build headboard

Underside of bed. Attach legs to plywood base.


Attaching the side rail boards

 Anyone want to make this bed for your stylish kids?

I got really excited when we were about to move into our new home and sold pretty much all of our furniture. I figured that our round dining table just wouldn’t work in the new long and narrow space. I wanted a long rectangular table this time with a bench. But as we looked around at tables I couldn’t find anything that was the size we wanted at an affordable price. That’s when I stumbled across my new favorite blog: A brilliant website full of FREE furniture plans all in terms I could understand 🙂 The dining table we ended up building is a knockoff of the Modern Farmhouse West Elm table that sells for $599 and benches are $299ea. We build our 8ft long version w/ 2 benches for a total of $150 in lumber and a couple nights of work 🙂 Plus we learned some new skills along the way and had fun working together while the baby was asleep.

I would recommend sanding and staining the boards BEFORE assembling though which we learned after we already had finished our table and couldnt’ get the stain in the cracks. This table might just get a few more coats of poly and head outside to be our patio table instead or maybe we should sell it on Craigslist and make another one.

Here is a picture of the final product (I’ll have to include pictures of the process with our next piece of furniture). What do you think? Anyone else inspired to build something?

Table and Benches that we built