personalized Kreg Stool

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Project by joejt posted 01-08-2008 11:00 PM 6491 views 26 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The plans for this stool were included in the cardboard display wrapper around the Kreg pocket hole kit. I have modified the plan by hiding the pocket holes inside. The original plan “featured” the pocket holes on the outside of the stool by using contrasting wood plugs.

I also modified the plan to personalize the stool by inlaying names using Scrabble letters. These stools make a neat gift when you put someone’s name on it. I cut a dado slot in the side which is as wide as a scrabble letter is tall (also to the correct depth for the letters). Inlay the name with scrabble letters and fill the rest with contrasting wood. The one shown is for the grandparents to keep at home for when the grandkids come to visit.

-- joejt

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 01-08-2008 11:38 PM

I love the Scrabble letters idea :) Nice stool too.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 01-08-2008 11:40 PM

Thats a good looking stool. Really like the contrasting wood, and an ingenious
idea of using the Scrabble letters to personalize it. I too would have moved
the pocket holes to the inside.

-- Still learning everything

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 12:09 AM

Very nice. What’s the finish?

-- Chelle

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 12:29 AM

Very cool! I like the letters.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 12:46 AM

The scrabble letters are a great idea (and one I’m going to steal by the way). The stool is very attractive.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 12:52 AM

Chelle, the finish is 2 coats of shellac -wipe on with a cloth, wait an hour, lightly sand between coats with a 320 grit pad. Follow with a couple of coats of acrylic spray, then a final light sanding. I do all the finishing before assembly. It is easier to sand and finish as separate pieces.

A note – I cover the letter slot and do all the finishing before I glue in the letters. Gluing the letters is the final finishing step.

-- joejt

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#7 posted 01-09-2008 01:13 AM

oooooooh it’s beautiful. I just want to run my hand over it…
and the letters – ha.. BRILLIANT. (triple word score)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 01-09-2008 01:42 AM

What an elegant stool. The personalization of the scrabble letters is a wonderful touch.

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 02:05 AM

Great! This is my kind of project, I make several styles of the same simple design.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 02:08 AM

very nice…i love your modifications to the plans—-you should send that in to them…one question—-how do you like the pocket screw joinery…i have not tried it…would like to at some point…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 03:33 AM

Matt, I like pocket hole joinery. It is not a new technique. It is quick, accurate, and strong. Use of pockethole joints allows you to continue working rather than waiting for clamped glue joints to dry.
However, I use it only in places where it will not be seen. For example – face frames, back side of a picture frame, under a stool or bench, backside of table aprons, etc.

-- joejt

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 03:33 AM

A very nice little project. I have a new kreg kit that I haven’t tried yet. Will have to try it out soon. This project might be a good one to try. Thanks for the post.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 04:46 AM

Joe, I really like the personalization that the Scrabble letters bring. I have a Kreg jig as well, and I use it extensively in assembling cabinets, especially when the pocket hole will not be visible. Its a great tool to have in the arsenal.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#14 posted 01-09-2008 04:58 AM

Well done. My wife is begging for a step-stool. Love the letters. Great idea.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 01-09-2008 05:37 AM

Joe, A good looking stool. I also have the Kreg Jig (unfortuantly did not get that plan) but I think I will try one of them. The Scrabble letters are a great additionwill definatly think about using them in the project if not maybe a few others.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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