Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 11


It seems like time speeds up a notch once the Fall holidays start rolling Thanksgiving is just a week away now and Christmas will be right behind. However, it may be possible to slow down this steamroller effect. You just have to focus on things you really hate to do. Or maybe things that cause you pain. I base this theory on the adage that “Time really flies when you’re having fun.” If so, shouldn’t the opposite also be true? “Time crawls by if you’re miserable.” I’ve never tested my theory though. An hour is always 60 minutes so I’d rather have a hilarious time and have it seem to go faster.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

October Meeting

We finished up the auction during the October meeting. We also had a good time at the tool sale/craft show at St. Barnabas Church.

November Meeting

For the November meeting, Tim Ryan will present a program on stabilizing wood.

Upcoming Events

Our Christmas Luncheon will be held on Dec 2nd at a new location. This year we will meet at St Barbabas Episcopal Church located at 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. Thans to Our president for arranging the facility.

October 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in October meeting.

Jeremy Price turned 2 very large bowls. One out of Walnut the other out of Maple. Both were finished with Odie’s Oil.

Gary Bennet showed us a Bandsaw Box he had made from Red Cedar finished with Deft Lacquer.

Judy Bennet brought 2 items using Intarsia. The Honeybee Sign used Spalted Maple, Oak, Walnut, and Yellow Heart. The Christmas Bell Ornament used Mahogany, Walnut, and Ash. Both were finished with Deft Lacquer.

Richard Gulley brought many Christmas ornaments made with his CNC and Laser Engraver. He used different types of Plywood and finished with spray Lacquer. He also showed a variety of nameplates referencing different names for Jesus in the bible that were engraved into individual ornaments of different hardwoods.  All were finished with spray Lacquer. He included the scripture reference for each name.
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Internet Links of Interest

For you woodworkers that may have a latent neanderthal tool gene, Wood magazine has an article on what planes to choose after a basic block plane and mid-sized plane.
Your Next Hand Planes | Wood (

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

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.