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Newsletter Vol 34 / Issue 12 December 2019

About the December Meeting

The month’s meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 17th at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, room H111. You don’t want to miss the December program – Super Show & Tell. Bring something old or new, a favorite tool or jig. If you love it, we probably will too.


Well, the Christmas spirit is in the air. I’m sure all you little elves have been working overtime getting ready for the big day! Unfortunately, the Christmas spirit is not the only thing in the air. The demon spirits of strep, flu, and bronchitis are on the loose as well. All three have been to my house. I’ve been sick almost a week with no relief in sight. So, forgive me if this last newsletter of 2019 is not quite up to par. I’ll do better next year.

Looking Back

  • November Program – Bill and Wayne from Woodline put on an entertaining program. Turns out Woodline deals with a lot more than router bits. Wayne was in the Christmas Spirit and left several goodies for door prizes at Saturday’s Christmas party.
  • Shop Tours – We closed out the year touring two more great shops. We started with breakfast at Gallery 41, 1778 US Highway 41 inn Pelham, TN.
    * First shop tour: Matt Brothers’ New Shop at 2250 Stephenson Road, Hillsboro, TN
    * Second shop tour: Bill Guffey’s shop at 135 Croft Lane, Hillsboro, TN.
    I love shop tours. There are many problems that are common to all shops – organization, layout, dust collection, etc. Yet it’s amazing the many different solutions we woodworkers come up with to solve, or at least mitigate, those problems. There might be a program idea in there somewhere. What are the steps involved is solving a problem?

Coming Events

  • December 14 — Christmas Party — • December 14 — Christmas Party — Decherd Nazarene Church Gym. Setup will be Friday afternoon, the 13th at 2:00. We will be starting the party at 1p.m. Saturday. It will be pot luck. Club will furnish drinks.
    We always have a great time at the Christmas party. Be sure it’s on your social calendar. We will have an optional gift exchange. So, bring your favorite pot luck dishes and maybe something from the shop for the gift exchange.

Membership Dues

 Just a reminder that dues for 2020 are now payable. If you’re not sure of your dues status, see Paul Jalbert.

Welcome to Our New Members

Our newest members, joining in the November meeting, are Sam Clark of Smyrna, and Clay and Cindi Cooper of Winchester. Rejoining the club is Gary Walker, also of Winchester.

Tips and Tricks

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Rust removal and prevention –
Larry Wendland said lemon juice will remove rust.
Geoff Roehm explained how he uses molasses and water to remove rust.
Matt Brothers uses baby powder to prevent rust.

Sawdust Collection –
Richard Gulley’s tip is to drill holes around the lower and upper sides of a garbage can to let air out when replacing, filling and removing the bag.

Marvin Miller showed a jig he made to cut the right angle needed and a jig for table saw.

Vince Zaccardi had a broken forstner bit that resulted while using drill press preparing a natural edge bowl.


November Show and Tell


Pictures can also be seen in the Gallery and possibly more (close-ups and other views).

Chris Sautter said he was trying to get his grandkids interested in woodworking. He showed a tool tote he made for one of them. Made of cherry with plywood bottom. Finish poly.
Larry Wendland had a pen and pencil turned from spalted maple. Finish CA.
Richard Gulley used a CNC to make a letter “A” for a birthday gift and a neat push stick.
Geoff Roehm displayed a laminated guitar side and explained he used Vak Bond to do laminating job.
Matt Brothers showed pics of walnut king size bed made for customer. Finish danish oil.
Jim Jolliffe had pic of smoker cart he made of red oak with weeping myrtle handles. It has a fold down counter and 2 draws.
Gary Runyon offered free glue brushes to members.
Vince Zaccardi had a radial arm saw to give away.

Member Activities

Loyd Ackerman and Richard Gulley helped pay the rent this past month. Loyd designed a wooden stair rail to cover the existing rails in the UTSI auditorium. We constructed and attached the rails in Richard’s shop and Jack Kincella did a great job on the finish. The Space Institute has been very generous hosting our monthly meetings. So, in appreciation, we help them with woodworking projects they may have.

Also, two mission style side tables are in the works and will be constructed by Vince Zaccardi and Richard. Jack has volunteered to finish the tables too.

Links of Interest

Free from the Woodworkers Guild of America (must give them your email address) – ten posters you can print for your shop. My favorite is “What I make is for others, how I make it is for me.

Carver’s Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday’s of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The shop is located at 201 Jolliffe Acres Ln, Tullahoma. Tools and wood are available at the meetings, just bring yourself and try your hand at carving!

Sweeping Up

Can anyone identify the two components that make up this object?

Thanks to Henry Davis for the following quote – “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low prices is forgotten“. Something worth remembering as we enter gift giving to friends and loved ones (and ourselves.)

That’s all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS!

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