Newsletter Vol 39 / Issue 03


This month I’m excited over a new source for wood. Thanks to Dean Lutes for pointing me to George Olesicks in Rock Island (9455 Sparta Highway, ph 615-785-5729.)  Call before visiting. Operated by just George and his wife, it’s quite an operation. He carries FAS grade lumber in most local species. I purchased a fairly large order of hard maple for $3.25/bdft. You select the boards you want. The wood I purchased was skip planed to 15/16”, so it was easy to see what you’re buying. He also sells by the board for a slightly higher price. He also sells router bits and bandsaw blades (Just a few standard sizes.) More info at the meeting.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

February Meeting

Thanks to Sam Clark for his program on dust collection. I’m hoping there will be no dust collectors needed in Heaven. <grin>

March Meeting

Looking forward to another Social Hour on the 19th. Seems like the only thing our folks like better than woodworking is talking about woodworking.

March 2024 Show & Tell

We had 2 months worth of Show & Tell at the March meeting.

Paul Jalbert showed slides of the work project at Tims Ford State Park.

Michael Zuccaro showed his finished guitar he was working on at the December meeting. He used Honduran Mahogany, Rosewood and Sitka Spruce.

Pete Whitford showed a clothes tree he made from Hickory and finished with Watco Danish Oil and Lacquer.

Dennis Rumer showed us a 3 piece Jesus Tomb out of White Oak. He used Spray Poly to finish.

Rick Dickson showed pictures of a porch storage box out of Red oak. He also showed 3 wine and glasses holders made from Walnut and Maple, and air vents (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3) for his home made from Oak. All were finished with Spray Poly.
Storage box – (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6, Pic7, Pic8

Pete Miller displayed turned pens using Olive Wood and Antlers. He used Friction Polish to finish.

Richard Gulley made weaving tools using Cocobolo, Rosewood, Chittum, and Bamboo. Pic2

Gary Runyon showed a mini plane from Hard Rock Maple. He had not yet applied a finish.

Chuck Taylor made a music box out of Curly Maple and Cherry and finished with Satin Lacquer.

Steve Shores carved various Caricatures from Basswood and finished them using acrylic paint and Matte Lacquer.

Peter Hunter brought in a CNC sign of a car using MDF which he finished with spray paint and Lacquer. He also made a Scraper Tool sharpener turning the handle from Canarywood and finished with Shellawax.

Brenda Zuccaro brought in Hearts for Me picture frame using a scroll saw, made from Walnut and Birch plywood finished with Shellac Poly.

Bob Truesdale showed us Chunky Stones, based upon a Native American game, he turned from various woods.

Vince Zaccardi presented a Walnut bowl with voids filled with epoxy and a polish finish, and Ambrosia Maple and Cyprus Bowls both finished with oil. He also showed 2 Cherry boards from Tom Church’s estate he finished with epoxy in-lay Lacquer.
Bowl repair – (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5)

Jim Jolliffe brought in his first Santa that he carved in the 1990’s.  It was very rustic and remains in his shop as a reminder of where he began his carving journey.  He used Acrylic paint and Lacquer to finish.

Rick Laws showed a wooden canteen he built in the Revolutionary War era style.

Internet Links of Interest

How about some free woodworking plans from WOODSMITH?

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!

Roger Stegall Carving Seminar, March 23-24, 8:30-4:30 each day with lunch provided at Jim Jolliffe’s shop, 201 Jolliffe Acres Ln, Tullahoma.  Cost for the two day event is $80 plus roughouts for TVW Members , $160 for non-members.  Find out more about Roger at

Sweeping Up

Here’s some funnies to brighten your day-

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.

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