Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 04


I had brunch today (April 11) with Paul Jalbert, Vince Zacardi, and Jack Kincella. We had a little going away gathering for Jack. Several others were supposed to attend but were providentially hindered. This has already been said by several in several different ways, but I’ll add mine. Jack has been a blessing to me and a great asset to the club.

His finishing skills border on magic, but he thinks anyone ought to be able to do it. He told me he apprenticed under his dad, so I think it’s genetic.

We’d better get started with SPLINTERS.

 March 2022 Meeting

Jack told club he will soon be moving and how much he had enjoyed the club. Using a picture of a table he made he walked through epoxy process. He recommends Stone Coat Counter tops for product and free training videos. There are many uses for epoxy finishes including doors, coasters, tables, cutting boards and picture frames.

April 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, April 19th from 6:30-8:30.  Darren Earle will give a presentation of Tom Cowan’s work. He was a very prolific woodworker. Tom was also a cofounder of our wood club.

One-on-one Sharpening

Gary Runyon is offering one-on-one classes on sharpening scrapers and planes at his shop by appointment. Contact Gary via email to set day and time.

March 2022 Show & Tell

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

Paul Jalbert had pictures of Little Free Library stands made by the club for Franklin County Friends of Library. Showed picture of one donated to Tims Ford State Park.

Jim Jolliffe with aid of pictures showed his update to bench top dust collector. Replaced squirrel cage motor with second hand fan motor making unit much lighter and quieter.

Bob Truesdale displayed a lidded bowl made of walnut and finished with lacquer. He explained thumbnail carvings along sides. Bob had some plastic drawers to give away to anyone who wanted.

Joe Ferraro brought a bowl he made from wood his friend in Winchester gave him. Made of Maple and finished with lacquer.

Fred Heltsey showed a jig he made for burning wood turnings by heating different wire gauges. He explained how to use to burn lines in wood. He also had a display of his son’s collection of Jenga blocks of large selection of wood collected over time. Fred had a piece of yellow wood of a tree that fell at his home. Yellow throughout and wanted know if anyone could identify.

Richard Gulley brought a sign made on CNC. “My mind still thinks I’m 25. My body thinks my mind is an IDIOT”. Made for Henry Davis’ wife.

 Internet Links of Interest

Thanks to Pete Miller for this article on saving space in the shop.

Here’s a WOOD article on making cabinets the easy way

 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

This month’s picture in not for the funny bone. I think Ross Roepke sent it to me. It’s a book bench at a library in Ukraine. I pray it’s still there. Say a special prayer for those people fighting for their homes.

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