Soprano Bar Stool


 So, I'm sitting in my office at about 10PM last night looking up West Elm furniture that I could build, and I find these super awesome Alto Bar Stools.  I'm calculating how much they would cost to build, and I'm coming up with about $10 worth of lumber.  That's right - $10.  Irresistible.  So, I ichat the link of the bar stools to my husband, and here's how the conversation goes: "Hons, do you think I could talk anyone into taking bar stools if I build them?" "Probably. Why? Are you building bar stools?" "I'm thinking about it." "What about the side tables that you're building in the garage?" "Meh, I can do them both." "What about the media center on the other side of the garage? And your mom's outdoor chairs?" "Yeah... I probably should finish those first, huh?" "Yeah." So, I'm banned from building anything else until I finish at least one of those projects.  I just really really really hate finishing, that's my problem.  Especially staining, which is what I've been taking my sweet time on.  And these bar stools are just so easy, you could build one in less than a few hours.  Since I can't get a house elf that loves to sand and stain, I didn't want to hold the plans back for any of you.  So, enjoy! Estimated Cost: $10


See above for dimensions.

Shopping List:


3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long 1 - 2x4 @ 4 feet long 1 - 1x12 scrap, at least 13" long

Hardware and Supplies:

1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws Wood Glue Wood Filler Medium Grit Sandpaper Primer or Wood Conditioner Paint or Stain


Kreg Jig Miter Saw Table Saw Drill Sander Level Measuring Tape Carpenter’s Square Safety Glasses

Cut List:

2 - 2x2 @ 30" - Back Legs 1 - 2x2 @ 13" - Bottom Support, Back 2 - 2x2 @ 14", one side mitered at 5 degrees, measured from the straight end to the short side of the mitered end - Bottom Support, Side 2 - 2x2 @ 30 1/8", both sides parallel mitered at 5 degrees - Front Legs 1 - 2x2 @ 13" - Footrest 2 - 2x2 @ 11 1/2", one side mitered at 5 degrees, measured from the straight end to the short side of the mitered end - Seat Sides 1 - 2x4 @ 13" - Top Seat Support, Back 1 - 2x4 @ 13", one side of the long ends is beveled at 5 degrees using a table saw - Top Seat Support, Front 1 - 1x12 @ 13" - Seat

General Instructions:

Make sure to re-measure and check for square after every step.  Sometimes when building your measurements can be off very slightly, and it’s important that your numbers are exact.  (Especially when working with doors and drawers!)  Measure your available space before building this plan to make sure that it will fit.  Please read through the entire plan before getting started.

Step 1:

Assemble the back legs, bottom back support, and top back support of your stool as shown above using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" stock.

Step 2:

When cutting your side legs, miter one side at a 5 degree miter.  The short side should be facing upward, with the longer edge of the miter touching the floor.  Predrill your Kreg holes on both sides of the 2x2s, and attach the straight side to your already assembled frame.

Step 3:

Assemble the bar stool seat as shown above before attaching it to the frame.  (This is an underside view to show how the 2x2s fit.)  Each of your 2x2 seat sides should be mitered on one side at 5 degrees, and it should measure 11 1/2" from the straight edge to the short side of your miter.  When assembled, the short side of the miter is on the top side of the bench.  Line up your 1x12 seat to be flush with the straight back of the 2x2s when screwing it all together with your Kreg Jig.

Important Note: At this time, it would really help you out to predrill your Kreg holes in the front and back of your 1x12 seat as well to ease assembly in the next step.  You should also switch out your jig to be set for 3/4" stock rather than the 1 1/2".

Step 4:

Attach the seat you just made to the top of your frame using the Kreg holes you predrilled in step 3.  The top of the seat should be flush with the top of the frame.

Step 5:

There are lots of miters going on in this step, so make sure to read close!  Assemble the front of the stool before attaching it to your base.  Both sides of each leg are mitered at 5 degrees off square, making sure that the miters are parallel to each other.  Take your 2x4 top seat support and run one side long side through your table saw, set at a 5 degree bevel.  The beveled edge is the top of your stool.  (Whew, that's the last of your beveling/mitering.)  The top of the 2x4 is attached from the inside using your Kreg Jig.  Attach the footrest in between your legs 11" from the ground using your Kreg Jig from the inside.

Step 6:

Attach the front of your stool that you assembled in step 5 to the rest of your base using your Kreg Jig.


Finish your project as desired.  Make sure to sand it down with medium grit sand paper and fill in all your holes with filler before tackling that paint or stain.  For more tips on finishing, visit The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Finishing.

3 Replies to “Soprano Bar Stool”

  1. Thanks for sharing! These are very easy to follow instructions. I think I’m going to design a basement bar around these stools and make two or three Soprano bar tables as well. What are your thoughts on adding a chair back? I’m thinking about using 2×4’s for the back legs and adding about 12 inches in length? I think one could miter the extra 12 inches (top side) at 5 degrees also (to match the front angle of the legs) and attach 3 or 4 1×4’s for backing. Make sense?

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