Monthly Archives: August 2022

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 08


I started early on this month’s Splinters and I’m still behind. I’ve been having trouble with my back the last couple weeks and it’s finally gone out. After two days in bed, I can finally sit at the computer for a while. The newsletter must go through!

Let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

July 2022 Meeting

Anthony Watts and job foreman, Tim Dennis, did a great job presenting the design and build process of his timber frame shop. The presentation can be seen here.

August 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, August 16th. Our program will be the Annual Club Benefit Auction. So, clean out some of those extra tools and items you have made. Bring them to the sale and share the joy!

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.

July 2022 Show & Tell

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

Will Meyers and Matt Brothers showed pictures of a “floating” bunk bed Will made.  His mother, Jane Meyers, reached out to Matt when Will expressed interest in building a bed.  Will made the bed out of red oak and used Varathane Honey Stain and lacquer as the finish.  His bunk bed ladder was made of ¾” pipe with wooden stair treads.  The pipe was wrapped in rope to look like a rope ladder but, in fact, the “pipe ladder” provided the outside corner stability necessary to allow the bed to appear to be “floating”.  Well done, Will!
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Paul Jalbert showed a 1/12th scale sailboat complete with working tufted sails, working sheets and wind direction labels he built as a sailing training device for the Tim’s Ford State Park youth sailing program.  The sailboat was mounted on an axis so the boat moved.  He made the training model out of sourwood and finished it with Danish Oil.

Larry Wendland showed a clock made out of a cross section of an ambrosia maple log.  While beautiful, Larry wanted to emphasize the use of CedarShield as a stabilizing material.  When wet wood is soaked in CedarShield (previously known as Turners Choice), it displaces the water in the wood’s cells and then dries as crystals.  Once dried, Larry finished the clock with rattle-can lacquer.

Gary Bennett showed 4 gnomes he made of scrap mahogany and spalted poplar inspired from YouTube.  Once the bodies are turned, he uses a Forstner bit to hollow the body top to receive the hat.  He turns the hat tenon to the Forstner bit diameter.  The gnomes had various hat styles and wood types and beards made from fur purchased at Hobby Lobby.  He finished the wood with tung oil and glued the beards on with hot melt glue.

Internet Links of Interest

  • Everything you always wanted to know about solvents but were afraid to ask. A Fine Woodworking article on solvents
  • Great Finishes for the Great Outdoors – A WOOD magazine article on outdoor finishes

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

Some funnies for you.


I should save the next one for Christmas, but I’m afraid I’d forget to remember.

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