Kitchen furniture needs to be movable and handy. This project is moderately easy to build and can double as a kitchen table, a bar or a homework desk for the kids. It is 24 inches wide by 48 inches long by 38 inches high with a couple of bar stools. This version is made out of finished plywood with wood molding to conceal the edges. The barstools are made from pre-assembled material that practically makes itself -- you simply add the padding and fabric.
How to Make the Kitchen Bar Table
Have the lumberyard cut all material to measure. Have them put a 90-degree miter on three pieces of the wood molding. Leave one long piece alone. Drill pilot holes for all screws and drop a bit of wood glue in to make a better bond. Screw the two sides to the top piece of the bar top.
Stain the wood molding using two or three coats of stain. Let each coat dry thoroughly. Drying time is typically within 90 minutes if the coats are thinly applied; it could be a little longer if the weather is damp. It is always best to apply two thin coats rather than one thick coat that may run or remain tacky in spots.
Mark 8 inches up from the bottom and drill three pilot holes on both sides of the bar. Place the second piece of ¾ by 24 by 48 inch finished plywood between the sides and screw it in for the stabilizing piece. Fill any holes in the plywood with putty.
Use wood glue to attach the molding to the front of the bar. If the miters don't fit exactly, fill the gap with putty. Use finishing nails to attach to the plywood. The non-mitered piece fits over the stabilizing shelf.
How to Build the Bar Stools
Stain the pre-assembled legs if necessary and the bottom of the wooden rounds. Dry thoroughly. Again, this is subject to weather, but if two thin coats are applied, it will be about 90 minutes.
Screw the seat to the leg assembly. Most screws will be Phillips, so choose a screwdriver that matches that head style.
Cut the fabric for the barstool tops. It will be about 22 inches diameter to accommodate the stool top, foam, sides and turn under the bottom of the seat. Pull the fabric over the foam; wrap it around the seat; staple it in place easing all of the fullness.
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Pat Olsen has over 35 years of experience as a professional journalist in California. She attended San Francisco State and Pacific College. Olsen has several published books, is a staff writer for Mill Creek Living Magazine, and currently writes for Demand Studio. She is a retired educator who still teaches twice a week.