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Tales from the Moaning Stool

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Project by SenecaWoodArt posted 06-15-2015 11:05 PM 1647 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been studying the blogs for box building from several of the different Lumberjockers and I decided that I would like to try my hand at one of Andy’s Art Boxes. The instructions were excellent and I absorbed each and everyone one of them. However, the one I got the most use from was his reference to the Moaning Stool. I spent several hours sitting on it. The one piece of advice that he gave and I definitely followed was to build a practice box and not use the expensive wood. I am on my third practice box now. Hence the use of the Moaning Stool. The first two were my fault. The third, I only take half of the blame for as the bearing on the rabbit bit came off while I was routing the inside of the box. Another LJ, sorry I don’t remember who, said that a craftsman covers up his mistakes and makes them look like he did them on purpose. That is what I did on this one. I took a page from Boxguy’s blog and added a glued on top. I also employed Boxguy’s finger lift. I am in the process of rescuing the second box, but I am having to invent that save on my own. We shall see how that one turns out.
Thanks to everyone for the inspiration and useful information. Especially Andy and Boxguy. This box is made from walnut and cypress. Originally I had planned to have a walnut base and walnut top with some type of medallion in the top. After the router bit failure, I cut off the damaged part and added a solid walnut top. Dimensions are 11 ½”L x 7 ¾”W x 4 ½”D. I plan to add trays in the future, but I am going to take a break from the shop and visit my son and his family along with some other areas of the west.

-- Bob





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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 06-16-2015 12:02 AM

That’s a great looking box—I like the contrasting woods! And nice job on making lemons into lemonade!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 06-16-2015 12:39 AM

You did a great job of saving. Beautiful box.

-- Randy

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SenecaWoodArt

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#3 posted 06-16-2015 12:51 AM

Dean, thanks for the nice compliment. For a while, I was sure that I only had the peel from those lemons.

Randy, thanks for looking and your nice comment.

-- Bob

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 06-16-2015 04:07 PM

Now that is one beautiful box! Nice job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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SenecaWoodArt

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#5 posted 06-16-2015 04:24 PM



Now that is one beautiful box! Nice job!

- jeffswildwood

Jeff.
You are the one that I meant to give credit to regarding fixing mistakes. Thanks for the compliment and the encouragement.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 06-16-2015 06:07 PM

Very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 06-16-2015 06:41 PM



Very nice

- mcoyfrog

Thanks Dug

-- Bob

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Carlosbu6969

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#8 posted 06-17-2015 04:29 AM

Well enjoy your book. i’m looking forward to making jewelry boxes and humidors in the future I really like this this one great work .

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SenecaWoodArt

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#9 posted 06-17-2015 04:33 AM


Well enjoy your book. i m looking forward to making jewelry boxes and humidors in the future I really like this this one great work .

- Carlosbu6969


Thanks. Actually, the west I was referring to is your part of the country. Leaving in the morning.

-- Bob

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Boxguy

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#10 posted 06-17-2015 04:49 AM

Bob, what a nice box and what a fine save. I tried to comment earlier only to find Lumberjocks had listed my IPO as spam and I was kicked off the island. BUMMER! It is fixed now…and I am glad.

It is a matter of taste, but you might like the lift indents spaced closer so they overlap. Or you might want to use a larger sanding drum size to dig the holes. Mine look like this. I use a one inch drum and a 5/8 inch spacing.

Thank you very much for the shout out. I’m glad the blog was useful. Click here for more about finger indents. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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SenecaWoodArt

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#11 posted 06-17-2015 12:07 PM

Boxguy, thanks for the compliment and sorry to hear about your putter problems. As far as the finger lifts, I followed your directions in the blog and used a 1 inch drum with the 5/8 inch spacing. The only difference is that I have a Rigid sander instead of a Jet, but that shouldn’t have made a difference. Oh well, I can see the difference in your picture and I will experiment and practice some more.

I took a second look and I think the difference is that my lift gouges are too long compared to yours. What a angle do you set the box when you engage the sanding drum?

-- Bob

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Boxguy

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#12 posted 06-17-2015 01:44 PM

Bob, I am sorry to tell you that I set the angle by eye not by measure. However, the flatter the angle the longer the indent and the steeper the angle the shorter and deeper the indent. I just sort of adjust it to more angle for smaller boxes and less angle for larger boxes. Hope that is at least some help.

-- Big Al in IN

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SenecaWoodArt

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#13 posted 06-17-2015 02:23 PM

AL, That is what I suspected. I practiced on some scraps before I cut this one and tried to get it right, but after looking at your example it’s obvious that I need to cut at a steeper angle. Thanks for the critic. It’s always appreciated from you.

-- Bob

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 06-18-2015 12:40 AM

Nice save and I like the cypress/walnut combination (never considered that combo before). Finish looks really nice. What did you use?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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SenecaWoodArt

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#15 posted 06-18-2015 03:32 AM



Nice save and I like the cypress/walnut combination (never considered that combo before). Finish looks really nice. What did you use?

- gfadvm


Thanks for the compliment. I first used the cypress and walnut combination about ten years ago when I built computer desk for my wife and me. I used a General walnut finish on the walnut pieces and then minwax wipeon poly on the entire bix. Three coats are usually enough.

-- Bob

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