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Old 03-10-2008, 11:48 AM   #1
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would this work? repurposing wood bar stools

I have four bar stools we don't use simply because they are too tall and the small ones like to climb on them. I desperately need a really long computer/sewing table to span a wall in my family/dining/kitchen combo room. I have my machines set up on my counter at the moment and I need a different work area. What I was thinking of doing was removing the cushion portion from the stools and attaching a long piece of plywood with trim, basically using the stools as legs. I might have to trim them down so their center of gravity is lower, but I think it might work. My DH thinks I'm nuts, but I say why not give it a try? any thoughts?

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Old 03-10-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Re: would this work? repurposing wood bar stools

You'll need to support the plywood somehow, besides just on the corners or wherever you put the stool/legs. Or the weight of a computer or sewing machine is going to make it bend and flex like nobody's business. My husband and I have workbenches out in our garage that are plywood tops (very thick, like 3/8"), but they're supported underneath by a rectangular frame. His is sturdy enough to put automotive parts on, once it was braced.

Sit in front of the stools as they are now - is that a comfortable working height for you? Will you need to buy a chair that adjusts up and get a foot rest to work at that height?

It *sounds* easy enough to trim off the legs to shorten the stools, but it's really not. Each one has to be cut at an angle so it will sit flat on the ground, and then each leg has to be cut exactly the same so they all sit flat, and don't rock or wobble. Then you have to do this 12 more times, so all the stools will be the same height so your table won't wobble or rock.

You may be better off selling the stools and using the money towards buying either the materials or the table you want.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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If you remove the seats and apply the plywood in there place it will be plenty sturdy enough. Go for it.
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:41 PM   #4
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Re: would this work? repurposing wood bar stools

I agree that trimming them is harder than it looks, unless you have carpet to make up for the difference in angle. IT would be best if you could use them at their current height. But if you are just worried about it being so high just because of center of gravity, you can attach it to the wall with a L bracket or two, or an eye screw on the table and one in the wall in a stud - and tie the two eye screws together with a cable tie. Whatever tether you use doesn't have to support the weight of the table, just keep it from tipping over.

I also agree if you span the table too long it may bow in the middle. I wouldn't put more than the width you need to fit your chair (if you are using one) between the stools. And I'd use at least a 3/4" plywood board or an old door for the top.
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Re: would this work? repurposing wood bar stools

A standard tabletop height is between 28"-31". This height will work with any office-type chair or kitchen table chair. A bar stool seat height may or may not work with this.

I am all for re-purposing the stools, but if they need to be cut down, I agree with the comment to sell the stools and put the money towards a proper work table.
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I would sell them and buy materials too. Good luck!
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:32 PM   #7
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Re: would this work? repurposing wood bar stools

eh, well I'll probably just get rid of them and get what I need at Lowe's or HD, lol. Or better yet, buy a big L desk and be done with it!
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