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Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 08

Splinters August 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 08


This newsletter will probably get to you a little late. Seems like there’s been more life to live than there’s been time to live it in – if that makes sense.

I saw my friend and fellow club member Zeke Davis a couple Sundays ago. He asked about the club. I reported we weren’t meeting but I was publishing the newsletter and posting videos. He said he didn’t use email of have internet. Did I mention that Zeke was one of my smarter friends? Anyhow, I got his address and told him I’d mail him a newsletter this month. If you know anyone else that might need a hard copy mailed to them, let me know.


Mrs. Julia Vinson Roan, 79, passed away unexpectedly Saturday August 8, 2020 at the Unity Medical Center in Manchester. She was the wife of Collins Roan, former club member, who also passed a short time back.

 Coming Events

  • One fine day– we’ll have a Tennessee Valley Woodworkers Club meeting. The program will include a Super “I Survived Covid19/and Riots” Show & Tell! We will meet again. Don’t lose hope.
  • Summer/Fall Events – will be rescheduled in the fall.

TVW YouTube Channel

In this month’s video, Henry Davis is given a tour of Gary Runyon’s shop. Gary is our current vice-president and is an accomplished woodworker and metalworker.

August Show & Tell

Jim Jolliffe carved a cottonwood bark house for donation to the Breaking Parkinson’s Golf Tournament and silent auction.  It was finished with Satin Deft spray. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3)

Loyd Ackerman – sent in a picture of the completed Butler Tray from last month with hinges installed. Loyd says he’s not terribly pleased with the wood figure but that’s what he had. Finish is satin lacquer.

The table is for the couch. The bottom plate slides under the couch and the top then provides a place for your drinks and snacks cantilevered over the couch. Tabletop is 12 x 18 inches. Spacing between bottom plate and apron under the top plate is 23 ½”. The material is cherry. Top joint at the cantilever pivot is glued with epoxy. Finish will be satin lacquer. (Pic1, Pic2)

News from Falls Mill & Museum
John & Janie Lovett sent in this update.

“We are making very good progress on the one-room log schoolhouse we began in January. It is now under roof and John is constructing the front porch. We have most of the furnishings, including a circa 1885 pump organ donated last year and restored by Bryan Thornton of Short Mountain Music Works. The organ was missing the music stand, and we found the image in an old company catalog. John made a full-size drawing and contacted Tom McGill to see if he was interested in making the stand. Tom agreed and got in touch with Darren and Riley Earle (we need an up-to-date picture of Riley.) They supplied the walnut, and Riley traced the image and cut the stand with his scroll saw. Tom completed the project with a sliding shelf that allowed adjustment of the stand. I have attached a photo of the organ and closeup of the stand.”

Internet Links of Interest

Try these shop-tested tips from Wood Magazine for hassle-free tablesaw operation.

Carver’s Corner

The carvers are meeting again. Jim says , weather permitting, they can support carving both inside and outside.  

The carver’s continue to 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!

Sweeping Up

 Thanks to Pete Miller for sending enough funnies for a couple months.

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

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Newsletter Information

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

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