Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 09


I really hate that I missed the annual auction. That’s one of my favorite program/events. I’ve been down in the back for several weeks now’ but I’m just about back to normal. I celebrated by going out to the shop and sticking my finger into a spinning table saw blade. Thanks to the SawStop, the damage was minimal. (It was worse than the hotdog that they demo with, but just peeled back the tip of the middle left finger.)

That’s enough of my sad story, let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

August 2022 Meeting

The August Program was our annual auction of tools and member-created works to raise money for the Club. Auctioneers Jim Jolliffe and Matt Brothers did a fine job describing each of the items for members to bid. Bidding was fun and raised money (initial report was more than $1,000) for the club. The treasurer will submit a final report of bids and amount raised.

September 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, September 20th. Tony Murphy will present Making a Michael Fortune #1 Steam Bent Chair

One-on-one Sharpening

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

Members in the News

Loyd Ackerman saw this article about Jim Everett in the Manchester Times and put it on our website. It’s not the whole article, but you might find it on the Times website.

Another Bookcase Building Session

Vince Zacardi led another team of club volunteers in building bookcases for the Literacy Council. They met for three different sessions at Henry Davis’s shop. The first they broke down the plywood into sides, shelves, and backs. After two more shifts, they completed all the assembly. Vince’s team was made up of Paul Jalbert, Jim Joliffe, Dennis Finney, and Mickey Knowles. Henry Davis was in charge of quality control. 

August 2022 Show & Tell

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

Matt Brothers with the use of pictures showed how he made corbels for a contractor working on an old house. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4) He also showed pictures of a nightstand and chest of drawers he made for his grand-daughter.  (Pic5, Pic6, Pic7, Pic8, Pic9, Pic10)

Vince Zaccardi showed pictures of artistic pieces from the American Association of Woodworkers and Carvers. The art included a “swamp still” made from wood.  (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5). He also brought a turning tool which had become too short to sharpen and explained how to use it in a different way. Instead of a rounded grind, he ground it straight at the end of the tool and it became a custom beading tool. Ingenious! (Editors note – Vince’s turning tool picture was not available at publish time – Maybe later.)

Internet Links of Interest

Fine Woodworking site Has a Nice video on hand sharpening plane blades.
Sharpen Your Plane Irons Freehand – FineWoodworking

Wood magazine has a video demonstrating a few really nice box/door handles.

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.

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