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I need to make a couple bar stools, what kind of wood should I use, obviously needs to be strong but inexpensive. TIA!

Depends on how you plan to finishing them ,but poplar is low cost and Jim’s suggestions are good choices too.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Any hardwood will do just fine. Go to your lumber yard and compare prices, maybe they have a deal on something you like.

Bondo Gaposis

Even softwood will make good stools if the design is good. I just made four more of these for my marquetry school students. They are Douglas Fir and very solid and sturdy.

My old one in the background is Oak.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Soft wood is more cushy-comfy than hard wood. Much better for a stool. ;-)

Losing fingers since 1969

Seriously though… Pick a wood to match the bar. Just make sure there are no knots in the legs. Don’t want any weak spots.

Losing fingers since 1969

They look great paul.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

I agree with the gang , what ever wood works best , and really look close at the material for the legs.


I told her i couldnt make them. I was trying to squeeze them in during my current project, but i feel i am biting more than i can chew at the moment. Thanks for all the input, i will eventually make one or two, so i will already know.

Thanks again.