Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Crate & Barrel Inspired Big Sur Coastal Collection Bistro Stools

Jul 09, 2011 7:58am

The Design Confidential

Big Sur Bistro Stools

I'm really excited about these plans because I know you will all love them and love a good Bistro Table and Chairs. Oh and did I mention, super easy to build? Yep, it's true!

Inspired by the Big Sur line of furniture at C&B, this table is of my own design and not in any way affiliated with the specialty retailer.

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2 - 4x4 @ 6'

1 - 1x3 @ 8'

1 - 2x8 @ 6' ( you will have quite a bit of this left over, so ask about scraps before purchasing or plan on building another piece in the Coastal collection)


2" Finish Nails - optional and you can use screws to attach top if you prefer.

2" Screws - Choose Galvanized or Stainless Screws if for Outdoor Use.

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Cut List

A. 4 - 4x4 @ 30" (Legs)

B. 4 - 1x3 @ 1 3/4" (Spacers)

C. 4 - 1x3 @ 7 1/2" (Frame & Side Aprons)

D. 3 - 1x3 @ 11" (Side Supports & Center Support)

E. 2 - 2x8 @ 14 1/2" (Stool Tops)


**If you are making this for outdoor use, purchase wood that holds up well to weather and moisture. This might include Cedar,
Redwood, and Teak , but I would ask your local lumber supply for appropriate wood species for your area and climate. You should Finish and Seal all boards prior to assembling if this is for outdoor use. This will keep it water tight and protected. Also try and use Galvanized or Stainless Screws whenever possible for outdoor use.

**If your climate zone dictates that you have space between boards on the top to allow for water drainage (or you simply like the look of that), you will place 1/4" Gap between the Stool Top Boards and increase the Stool Support and Side Apron lengths by 1/4" to allow for water drainage and accommodate the gaps.

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Attach the Spacers to the Legs using 2" Screws.

Step 1

Step 2

Build the Frame: Use 2" Screws.

Step 2

Step 3

Attach the Frame to the Legs: Using 2" Screws, align the top of the frame with the top of the Spacers (1 3/4" from the top of the legs). Leave a 1" space on either side of the frame on the legs without Spacers.

Step 3

Step 4

Attach the Aprons to the Spacers: Use 2" Screws and Wood Glue.

Step 4

Step 5

Carve out a 3 1/2" Square in the 4 corners as seen in the image below. Each Board will have 2 cut corners.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the Table Tops to the Frame: Use 2" Finish Nails or Screws and Wood Glue.

Step 6

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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