Monthly Archives: December 2022

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 12


This year is quickly slipping through our fingers. I trust we have all made the best of those days. We’ve had many opportunities for fellowship. I’ve enjoyed the meetings/programs this past year both in-person and on Zoom. Glad to see Covid moving into the past.

 I’ve had the pleasure of working on group projects with several club members and developed lasting friendships.

Just recently, at the tool/craft sale, we had a slow spell before we closed up. We sat around for maybe 45 minutes talking shop, projects past and future, and in general just having a good time. And time well spent is never wasted.

The Christmas brunch was a great time too. Nothings better than eating good food with good friends. Speaking of good food, how about sharing your recipes for your favorite dishes? I really liked the buffalo chicken dip and the apple pie thingy. The waffle cookies were neat too. How about bringing the press, or whatever, to Show & Tell?

It’s time we get started with SPLINTERS.

November 2022 Meeting

The November Program was on Shadow Turning by member Fred Heltsley. A novel approach to turning that, at first, seemed simple. As the program progressed it was evident there were complexities to be considered.

December 2022 Meeting

The December program is always our Super Show & Tell month. Bring something old, something new, a favorite piece, or something that just speaks to you.

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.

November 2022 Show & Tell

We had a great Show & Tell at the November meeting. Here are the items that were shown.

Jim Jolliffe had 3 carved caricatures made of basswood. Finish with boiled linseed oil, acrylic paint washes and spray matte finish.

Richard Gulley showed Christmas ornaments and a jack-o-lantern box. Made with ambrosia maple  and cedar.  Richard talked about making ornaments and the Many Names of Jesus signs with his CNC machine.

Gary Runyon showed a shoulder plane he made with apple wood and tool steel.

Chuck Taylor displayed a red cedar coin bank made for kids. Said he made them in place of tops as Christmas gifts.  He finished them with beeswax and linseed oil. Had a nice bowl made from apple and finished with satin lacquer.

Clay and Cindy Cooper showed multiple items.  First was a Tim’s Ford Lake laser cut sign. They showed a charcuterie tray made with cherry and also laser cut by a friend.  They made a circular charcuterie tray made from pine with feet and a decorative pine bough wreath done by Cindy with wood-burning tools and light paint.

Paul Jalbert displayed a large 3” thick redwood sign he made for a customer carved with western style lettering and horse and bull heads. He talked about the challenges of carving this highly figured redwood. He finished the sign with acrylic paint and spar urethane.

Gary Walker brought a spice rack, trivet, cutting board and segmented bowl. Made with ash, walnut and maple, finished with lacquer.

Sam Clark showed a dispenser for M&Ms made for kids of Good Samaritan in Murfreesboro.

Vince Zaccardi had a maple bowl and a walnut bowl. He explained the plug in one and hole in other. He told of using a recess method using Forstner bits to turn bowls. He also had a tool to measure bowl thickness.

Internet Links of Interest

Links from Wood Magazine – These are mostly plans for sale from, but I believe all have appeared in the magazine.

Lumber RacksWoodworking plans from WOOD Magazine The World’s Leading Woodworking Resource (

Wall CabinetsWoodworking plans from WOOD Magazine The World’s Leading Woodworking Resource (

Roll Around Tool BaseRoll-Around Tool Base: Roll-Around Tool Base Woodworking Plan | Wood (

 Article on Track Saws – – Tracksaws – Wood (
If you work with plywood a lot and you have Christmas money you don’t know how to spend, I highly recommend a tracksaw.

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.