Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 05

Splinters May 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 05


I believe folk are starting to wander out more. I was at Home Depot yesterday and it was packed. My wife and I stopped by DQ for lunch and there were two other food trucks set up in the parking lot and doing a fair business. Sadly, another thing I noticed was that folk seemed wary of one another. I saw fewer smiles and acts of kindness, more sideways glances – less eye contact. I pray that’s only temporary.

Looking Back

  • Who have you seen? – When meetings were cancelled, I thought I’d see fewer woodworkers. But I’ve had the pleasure of working with Vince Z and Jack K. I saw Joe F – we both cooked a meal for the wives at Raphaels. He had been working on his lathe and needed a set of e-ring pliers to reassemble. He stopped by the next day and borrowed mine. Meg Garrett picked up a truck load of cedar shavings. Teri Smith and her husband stopped by and did a quick shop tour. Finally, I’ve been to Dean Lutes’ shop and helped him clean out his wood scraps. Can’t keep woodworkers down.

Coming Events

  • One fine day– we’ll have a Tennessee Valley Woodworker’s program! The program will include a Super “I Survived Covid 19” Show & Tell! Don’t miss it!!
  • May 16 – The carver’s trip to Franklin has been cancelled. Hopefully, just postponed.
  • May 16 – Annual Picnic – This word from John & Janie Lovett at Fall’s Mill:
    “Please let the members know that Falls Mill is open only on Saturdays during May and large groups are still prohibited. Even though we love to have you for the picnic each year, it will have to wait a while. Perhaps in the fall?”

TVW YouTube Channel

Another video has been added to our YouTube channel. This time I chose Jim VanCleave demonstrating string inlay. Jim is greatly missed by those who knew him.

May Corona Show & Tell

Several folks have sent me pictures of what they’ve been working on while “Sheltered in Place.” 

Rowland (Buzz) Bussler – Finished this serving tray just in time for my daughter’s birthday May 2. Walnut, Purple Heart and Wormy Pecan with Yellow Heart accent strips. Used Minwax spray Polyurethane for the finish. Also End Grain Cutting Board. Cherry, Walnut and Maple. 10 X 13 X 1.5 in. Mineral Oil soak and rubbed with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner. (Pic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Chuck Taylor photos of a project that I have completed (actually made 2).   Memory boxes (cherry, finished with satin lacquer) (Pics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Dave Duesterhaus Finished my chess board for some oriental pieces I purchased at a Murfreesboro woodworker’s estate sale. The board is made of white oak and mahogany and finished with water-based polyurethane.

Gerry Janesek built two Potty Chairs. – One is Ambrosia Maple (on the right.) The other is Cherry (on the left.) Built them for family members.

John Lovett sent a pic of his latest wood working project. Rebuilding a one room log school house. He is working on the 5th run of logs now. There are 7 layers in total plus the plate logs. Slow work, lots of precision cuts needed for the notches.

Loyd Ackerman sent pics of several new bowls. 
Segmented bowl – Cherry and Maple; 7 rings of 16 segments plus bottom plug and bottom disk — 114 pieces finished with Lacquer and wax
Box Elder Bowl – 9” diameter; finished with Lacquer and wax.
Red Maple Bowl – 11” diameter; finished with Lacquer and wax
Loyd also sent pics last month that I failed to include. Two segmented vessels (1, 2) and a picture of the jig used to create the segments.

Franklyn (Pete) Miller – It’s spring and Pete has turned to gardening. He’s also burning things up lately. (Pics 1, 2) And, evidently, he would rather be fishing than gardening.

Steve Shores – Here is a table (1, 2) I built a couple months ago, it is 4’x8’ cherry top with turned maple legs, no stain just clear finish. The cabinet (1, 2)was made for my daughter’s vinyl machine and heat press, it has two fold-up wings and 2” draws for storage, lacquer finish. Finally, a couple cottonwood bark carvings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) with a lacquer finish

Vince Zaccardi Pic1 – One of these bowls is maple and the other one is tamarind. They were finished with pre-catalyzed lacquer. Pic2 -This is an oak bowl and it is finished with pre-catalyzed lacquer. Pic3 – These two bowls are dogwood and they were also finished with pre-catalyzed lacquer.

Internet Links of Interest

I hope I’m not repeating some of these links. But if you’re like me, after thirty days everything is new again!

Wood Magazine has some good tips on glue ups.

The Build Something website has a plethora of free woodworking plans .

Carver’s Corner

Jim tells me the carvers are going to resume their carving sessions. There are usually less than 10 attending and as weather improves, they plan to move outside.

The carver’s meet first and third Saturdays 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 field trip to Vic Hood’s Shop has been cancelled. Jim will let us know when it is rescheduled.

Sweeping Up

I saw these funnies on Pinterest and thought you might enjoy them –


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