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Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 02

Splinters 2020 February

Vol 35 / Issue 02


I predict that the most searched for wood project on the internet lately is boat building. Too much rain. Sorry I’m late in getting the newsletter out this month. There’s a lot going on in my life these days. Also, you might have noticed the club website is down. The server died. We’ve been working on the new website for a couple months and it will be ready to go live soon.

Looking Back

  • January Program – It’s good to know that we have good sources for lumber nearby. We thank Davis Lumber Company of Elora, TN for presenting what they have to offer. BTW, I got one of the toboggans he had to give away and I’d like to report that it works GREAT!

Coming Events

  • Shop Tour is set for Saturday, February 15
    Starting time: 9AM
    Starting point: Dutch Maid Bakery
    We will meet at the Dutch Maid Bakery for a great breakfast buffet, prepared especially for our shop tour group. The address:
    Dutch Maid Bakery
    109 Main Street
    Tracy City, TN 37387First shop tour:
    Dean Lutes’ Shop
    150 Alex Sanders Road
    Tracy City, TN
    Second shop tour: (Cancelled)
    Geoff Roehm’s Shop
    279 Smith Road
    Sewanee, TN
  • February Program –
    The February presentation will be by Robert Milton from Hobby Hardwoods in New Market, AL. He will describe his current operation and what he has available to woodworkers looking for high-quality cabinet woods. He also carries some exotic species.

Membership Dues

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

New Members

We welcome Gary and Teri Smith of Shelbyville, TN to the club.

Tips and Jigs

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

Carl Blumenthal – His “life hack” is a repair tip for towel bars and toilet paper dispensers. Cut the existing drywall stud to stud. Replace the removed drywall with 1/2” plywood. Tape/mud the plywood just like drywall. The plywood allows mounting stability and flexibility beyond just stud mounting.

Marvin Miller uses a jig for his table saw. He uses a magnet and a dial indicator to set his fence. Very handy and precise!

Safety Mentor Ken Jordan provided a Safety Tip. A Contractor’s First Aid Kit from Amazon (link: for under $25 that is enough for a team of 25. It is in a metal case, can be mounted on your wall and is a close out item. Buy now!!!

January Show & Tell

Pictures for the January Show & Tell items can be seen in this Photo Gallery

Matt Brothers showed the finished Queen Walnut Bedroom Suite with Maple inlay complete with matching end tables. Finished with lacquer.

Doug Dunlap showed his 4th box he made for his grandkids out of chestnut with a Jatoba top. He put a felt bottom in the box. He used finger joints for the box and showed the jig he used to make them and finished it with Danish Oil.

Marvin Miller showed turned acorns made of walnut and poplar with Johnson was on the acorn top and beeswax on the poplar bottom. He showed a walnut pepper mill finished with rub-on poly and the peppermill inserts. He also showed Robert Sorby tools he used for texturing.

Darren Earle showed a cherry bowl he turned. He also showed a Ukibori “pimpling” technique. He used different sized nail sets to make indentations. He then “planed” the turning to the dimpled size. He then added water which decompressed the dimples into raised “pimples”. He finished the bowl with Danish Oil.

Jim Jolliffe showed a wood spirit carved in Cottonwood bark. No finish applied to the carving.

John Hartin showed two cherry bowls he turned. He discussed the texturing method with tissue paper and artist’s vinyl paint. He finished them with Danish Oil.

Richard Gulley showed a S-helical jointer cutter head. He ordered from Holbren in Florida. Quite a protracted delivery with the company finding it buried in their warehouse and shipping it to him several months after ordering. Customer service isn’t what it used to be….

Mickey Knowles showed a spalted Silver Leaf Maple bowl. It was very light weight when he got around to working it. He increased the lathe speed to 1800 rpm to allow the wood to be worked. He also showed a segmented bowl that was primarily butternut with walnut and white pine inlays. It was turned at 1800 rpm to allow the best results. He finished both with sanding sealer and lacquer.

Karen Browning showed family heirloom marquetry pictures. Marquetry is done with different wood veneers in two dimensions (2D) as opposed to intarsia, which is more “3D” approach with different wood species.

Dave Duesterhaus showed shoulder planes he made for he and his son. He used maple and ironwood and finished with them with Danish Oil. He bought the plane blades from Woodcraft.

Internet Links of Interest

Free plans from Wood Magazine:

There’s also some good tips on the Wood Magazine site. Here’s the latest:

Hit the “Prev Tip” button for more tips.

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

Another Tee shirt I really like-

This funny may not be wood related, but somehow, it rings true.

That’s all for this month. Watch out for

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Newsletter Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley ( .)