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Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 03

Splinters March 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 03


This past month I’ve learned a lot more about WordPress websites. Thanks to Cliff Baker with UTSI IT department for his patience with an old guy (i.e., Old dog learning new tricks!)

The website has a long way to go, but is starting to look a little more presentable. Keep watching to see how we’re progressing.

Looking Back

  • February Program – Robert Milton from Hobby Hardwoods in New Market, AL. gave an entertaining presentation of his lumber business. He described his current operation and what he has available to woodworkers looking for high-quality cabinet woods. He also carries some exotic species.

 Coming Events

  • April Program – April’s presentation will be by Sam Clark on Shop Maintenance
  • May 16 – Annual Picnic

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 the following folk to Tennessee Valley Woodworkers:
– Eddie and Suzanne Barton of Normandy TN
– Rick Dickson of Fayetteville, TN
– Alan Moultrie of Manchester, TN
– Nicole Holland of Manchester, TN
– Dusty Wilder of Tullahoma, TN
– Pete Winford of Manchester, TN

Tips and Jigs

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

Carl Blumenthal – Carl talked about safety of transporting power tools and his experience of a blade guard getting bent on a chop saw and flying apart when operated.

February Show & Tell

Pictures for February Show & Tell can be see at

Doug Dunlap had two sanding blocks he made and showed ease of use. Made with cedar, walnut, and beech. Finish Danish Oil. He also had a segmented pepper mill made of walnut and maple finished with Danish Oil.

John Hartin displayed a bowl made of magnolia finish lacquer.

Mickey Knowles showed a spalted maple bowl finished with sanding sealer and lacquer.

Chuck Taylor brought a small vase made of apple and finished with gloss lacquer. He had a salt and pepper mill finished with oil and wax. Chuck also had a set of nested bowls made of Leyland cypress finished with food safe oil.

Loyd Ackerman displayed a segmented vase made with maple and walnut. Finish lacquer and Beall wax system.

Danny Maher showed pics of a Little Free Library he built to be placed at Russell Barnett dealership. The club has built another prototype for mass production. Materials will be purchased with funds from our club and Friends of the Library. The units will be placed outside county public schools and other locations around the county.

Internet Links of Interest

Woodworkers at all levels and abilities come to Woodcademy for woodworking information, education, and advice. They keep coming back for new classes, woodworking plans, product reviews, industry information, great newsletters, and more! Learn something new, get info on which tool to buy, find new project plans.

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!

The carvers are headed to Vic Hood’s Shop for their club’s meeting at 9 AM on Saturday May 16th. They plan to caravan to save fuel and increase chances of finding his shop. Contact Jim or one of the carvers to schedule a ride.

The address to Vic Hood’s shop:
4231 Old Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN

Sweeping Up

Not wood related but…


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

Newsletter Information

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