Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 10


We’re having beautiful weather and a great time to be in the shop. I’m sure a lot of our folk are busy helping out Santa and those poor overworked elves. I have a few more Christmas ornaments and Halloween decorations I’m working on and hope to have some samples for Show & Tell.

Late Breaking News!! – While Vince Z, Tom Isbell and I were working on more crosses for the American Legion today (Wednesday 12th), I found a round hole in my roll-up door. On the back wall of the shop, I found a hole through the 4” dust collection pipe (8’ off the floor) and a hole continuing through the back wall. Someone had fired a round through my building! I don’t know why or when, but I’m somewhat hesitant to go back out. I deserve hazard pay!

Now, let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

September 2022 Meeting

Tony Murphy provided a detailed presentation on building a Michael Fortune #1 Steam Bent Chair.  He accomplished this feat both at Marc Adams’ School of Woodworking (MASW) located in Franklin, Indiana and in his home shop.

October 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, October 18th. The program is Andy Rigney on  Homecraft Fine Cabinetry

 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 Helping Out

Vince Zacardi and Richard Gulley assisted American Legion member, Tom Isbell, construct crosses for the flag/cross presentation on July 4th, Veteran’s Day, and Memorial Day on roadsides entering Winchester and Decherd in Franklin County. If anyone else is interested in this project, see Richard. Pictures will be in next month’s Show & Tell gallery.

Picnic Report

As usual John and Janie Lovett were gracious hosts for our annual picnic at Falls Mill. The weather and fellowship were great, and the food was abundant. A good time was had by all.

September 2022 Show & Tell

Note from Editor- Show & Tell has been sparse the last few months. (And that’s being kind.) Bring in those Halloween and Christmas projects you’re working on.

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

Gary Runyon showed three sliding lid boxes.  He also had a small, turned mallet.  One of the boxes was made of Redbud and was highly figured.  He then lifted the “monotone” mallet and asked what wood it was made from.  The answer was Redbud as well! He said the wood grain changes to a single color as it ages in sunlight.  The other box was made from spalted black walnut.  Both were finished in MinWax Antique Oil.

Vince Zaccardi discussed his live center getting stuck in the quill of his tail stock.  He tried to soak it loose using WD-40, Kroil and an old mechanic’s trick of automatic transmission cut with acetone but nothing worked.  He also used a torch and a 3-pound sledge. That didn’t work either, so he bought a new quill. Member Geoff Roehm suggested Gibbs Brand as a loosening agent and said it works 10X better than Kroil.  On a different note, Vince showed a die and homemade wrench which is used to repair the threads on his head stock spindle.  It works very well!  He offered them to anyone to use.

Internet Links of Interest

Popular Woodworking has a good article on making a lap joint Craftsman Style picture frame here. You’ll find links to other links about framing skills. There is also good info on how to mount your artwork toward the end of the article.

The WOOD website has a good slideshow on making jigs. While most of use whatever is found lying around the shop, they demonstrate what’s available commercially. A lot of jigs are quick and dirty to be used a few times and thrown away. But some can actually find a permanent place in the shop and deserve the extra expense.

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. The first is somewhat a pun, but the second leans more on the technology side.


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.