Monthly Archives: April 2021

Newsletter Vol 36 / Issue 04


If you read the local newspapers, you all probably know I’ve been a little more than occupied. I’m filing city politics under “This too shall pass.” I’m also practicing being silent. I can already be silent in seven different languages!

As to my “What I’m Thankful For” resolution, I’m thankful for all I learned in VBS and Sunday School when I was a child – God is Great, God is Good (All the time!)

Now let’s get started with Splinters!

Zoom Meeting April 20

We will have our next Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, April 20th from 6:30-8:30.  The program will be on hand cut dovetails.

Please join us by following the instructions below to:

  1. By Sunday, April 20th – Provide pictures and descriptions of your Show & Tell items to 
    Descriptive information for each photo/related set of photos should include:

Woodworker Name: 
Project Name:
Wood(s)/Materials Used: 
Finishes applied:
Lessons Learned (if any): 

March Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in last month’s Zoom meeting.

Karen Browning showed various maple and cherry turnings she completed at Doyle McConnell’s shop.  The turnings were finished with lacquer. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3)

Denis Urbanczik presented four projects he recently completed.  The first was a compost bin storage container made of Eastern Cedar and finished in teak oil.  The second was a hard pine sofa frame refinishing project. Finish was not yet applied.  Denis noted the effort took a lot of paint stripper to remove the original finish. That takes us to the next small piece he made/invented — scraped finish collecting tool. PS: Hats off to all the restorers out there, this was a lot of work! Denis used a piece of pallet oak and old ballast casing.  He finished the oak piece with teak oil. It performed well!  The fourth and final piece was an upgrade to his router table fence.  He replaced the melamine fence with quarter sawn oak and finished it with mineral oil.

Loyd Ackerman Oak Box with CNC V-Carved Name “Wendell” in Top.  The box is 8.5” l x 5.25” w x 4.25” h and constructed of short thin Red Oak (maybe) wood pieces provided by Wendell.  The finish is rattle can lacquer.  His lesson learned is to smile when someone gives you inferior wood

Internet Links of Interest

I only have one link for you this month, but it’s AMAZING!

You can search the history of over 555 billion web pages on the Internet. You know, those web sites that used to be there but aren’t anymore. Even better, there’s books (I saw a lot of genealogy stuff), music (I listened to some Grateful Dead – there’s whole concerts). There’s just too much too even tell you about. WARNING! This site may connect you to a black hole – it may be hard to return to the real time/space continuum.

TVW YouTube Channel

Sorry I haven’t followed through on the video posting. I seem to be running out of day before I run out of “To Do’s”.

 Here’s the link to our channel –

 Carver’s Corner

The Splinter Carvers continue to meet first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (whether Jim’s there or not).  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

I’ve found that no matter where I stand in the kitchen, that’s where my wife needs to be. With that in mind, I submit this bit of wisdom –

Submissions to the newsletter are more than welcomed. Send funnies, tips, or other content that may be of interest and you may see it in a future edition of SPLINTERS.