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Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 01

Greetings

This year is very special. It’s loaded with expectations, possibilities, and challenges (great and small, good and bad.) I pray for you all a good year with no greater problems than you can comfortably handle – or at least, handle. Of one thing I’m relatively sure. If you have a woodworking problem, you have many people in the club willing and eager to help you. If not help, I can almost guarantee heartfelt sympathy. <grin>

It’s time to get started with SPLINTERS.

December 2022 Meeting

The December Super Show & Tell was a great success. Not as big as some years, but great quality.

2022 Christmas Luncheon

Pictures from the Christmas luncheon have been posted on the website. It’s amazing how many good looking people are in our club!

Club Events – Tennessee Valley Woodworkers (utsi.edu)

 January 2023 Meeting

The January program will be Tony Murphy presenting a barstool build.

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. deertracefarm@gmail.com

December 2022 Show & Tell

We had a great Show & Tell at the December meeting. I’m going to try and get the Show & Tell pictures in a gallery named for the month they were shown. Previously, they lived in the next month’s Gallery. Hard to explain and probably not noticed by many, but it sure bothered me. Here are the items that were shown in December.

Joe Ferraro showed two bowls he turned at different Turning Bees.  The first bowl was turned out of cherry.  This year’s bowl was turned out of ambrosia maple.  Both were finished with lacquer.

Chris Sautter, with the use of pictures, talked about making a 4’x10′ maple drawing table for client. Started by making a large, 5’ x 11’ work table in 3 pieces. Showed process and large number of clamps needed for project, As part of project made cabinets and installed turnbuckles to hold top.  Used Tried and True finish. (Pic1, Pic1a, Pic2,Pic3, Pic4,Pic5, Pic6,Pic7, Pic8,Pic9, Pic10)

Jim Jolliffe brought a pair of gingerbread men decorated using Puffy Paint (available at Walmart, Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabric) and finished with satin rattle can lacquer.

Gary Runyon had a variety of bowls made from mesquite, osage orange, peach, red bud, cherry finished with shellac, oil and wax.

Mickey Knowles displayed a tea chest which he made a number of years ago with Tom Cowan.

Larry Wendland brought a number of pens. Made with Japanese wood, Bolivian wood and Chittum. Finished with CA glue on some and sanded to 12,000 grit sandpaper with others.

Darren Earle showed a large bowl made from red ash with liming and dyed blue. Finish lacquer.

Chuck Taylor had a variety of pieces, Candle holders of maple, small hollow vessel of maple, pot potpourri dish of maple, a small lidded box of holly and mushroom display made using multiple woods.  The mushroom stems were offset turned two and three times to get the curves.  All finished with lacquer.

Richard Gulley had 2 spoons on a chain made out of cherry about 40 years ago for wife honoring daughters. The spoons were finished in food grade wax and “age”.  He also showed a nice nativity scene made with CNC. The nativity scene was made of Rosewood and finish with mineral oil.

Richard Dickson brought a couple mini Japanese toolboxes. One made with cherry and walnut and another with maple and ivory. He also had coffee scoops made of different woods. (Pic1)

Anthony Watts displayed a number of shaker boxes of different sizes. He told the procedure of making boxes. Made with maple and popular finish milk paint and wax.

John Hartin showed a couple large bowls made from Magnolia crotch wood. He talked about the designs.
(Pic1, Pic2)

Internet Links of Interest

Since selling out his shop and moving north, our friend Jack Kincella has decided to use primarily hand tools. This month I’m giving you all a couple links that will help you follow the neanderthal lifestyle. The first deals with what your first hand tools should be. But it includes links to many other pages that will help you tune, sharpen, and use those tools.
Your First Hand Tools….and Why | Wood (woodmagazine.com)

The second link is an auction house specializing in old tools. The prices are a little high, but you can buy instant gratification without spending all your time at yard sales and flea markets. (The hunt is where the fun is though.)

www.mjdtools.com

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

Two variations of the “Measure twice, cut once” motto.

And finally….

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.

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 12

Greetings

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. deertracefarm@gmail.com

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 WOOD.com, but I believe all have appeared in the magazine.

Lumber RacksWoodworking plans from WOOD Magazine The World’s Leading Woodworking Resource (woodstore.net)

Wall CabinetsWoodworking plans from WOOD Magazine The World’s Leading Woodworking Resource (woodstore.net)

Roll Around Tool BaseRoll-Around Tool Base: Roll-Around Tool Base Woodworking Plan | Wood (woodmagazine.com)

 Article on Track Saws – – Tracksaws – Wood (woodmagazine.com)
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.

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 11

Greetings

We’re on the backside of 2022 and it seems to be building up speed. My calendar of appointments is quickly filling up. I hope all of you have added Nov 19 (the Club tool/Craft Sale) and Dec 10 (the Club Christmas Brunch.) Both events are in the gym at the Decherd Church of the Nazarene. More info at the November meeting.

I really appreciate the great Show & Tell turn out last month. It’s always been my favorite part of our meetings.

Now, let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

October 2022 Meeting

The program featuring Andy Rigney, owner of Rigney Homecraft Fine Cabinetry, was postponed to 2023.

November 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, November 15th. The November Program with be Shadow Turning by member Fred Heltsley.

 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. deertracefarm@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

It’s time to clean up the shop and identify tools that you can live without. It’s time to turn them back into cash. November the 19th starting at 8:00 am. Set the evening on the 18th. Decherd Church of the Nazarene Gym,

The annual Christmas brunch will be December 10th 11:30am-2pm at Decherd Church of Nazarene Gym. More info at the meeting.

October 2022 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in last month’s Zoom/Live meeting.
Note from Editor- We had a great turn out for Show & Tell in October. Almost like a Super Show & Tell!

Richard Gulley showed pictures of bullet holes found in shop where someone fired gun. (Pic1, P1c2) Had pic of bullet. Discussed making 50 memorial crosses for the American Legion with Vince to be placed along highway entrances to Winchester/Decherd for special days. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6)

Jim Jolliffe showed love spoon he made for son and fiancé marrying Saturday. Finish linseed oil, lacquer and wax.

Rick Dickson showed a quilt style plaque made of cedar, oak and walnut pieces. He also salvaged an antique old piano lid with quartersawn oak veneer to make a table. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5)
Finally, he had piece of wood from a friend’s dad shop asked if anyone knew what wood it was.  He passed two sample pieces around with no firm identification made.

Darren Earle showed picture of cherry bowl with hummingbird. Finish danish oil. He told of making arbor for wedding and mistake made. Had to do a little adapting but all turned out good. Made of white oak, finish danish oil and spar varnish. Had pictures of box elder log at Falls Mill and of making large bowl from it.
(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5)

Gary Runyon displayed a storage box made of sassafras finish teak oil. He also had some threaded needle boxes of hard rock maple and a weaver’s shuttle of osage orange.  He finished the shuttle with broom straw then spray poly.

Mickey Knowles brought some hummingbird feeders made of holly and finished with no gloss lacquer. He also had a bowl with the top made of peach wood.

Geoff Roehm showed ukuleles being made with walnut and mahogany and red cedar.

Judy Bennett had a nice bride and groom plaque using walnut, maple and basswood.

John Hartin had a bowl made from box elder, a cherry bowl where he carved leaves on. He had 2 walnut bowls with covers (Pic1, Pic2), 2 spoons of walnut and he used a hot needle to decorate.

Todd Green displayed 2 signs that Richard Gulley put saying on for him:
Do Not Fear For I Am With You.
He also showed small table made to hold a lamp with drawer made of poplar and finish with poly.

 Internet Links of Interest

Router Tips and Tricks from Wood Magazine –

https://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tips/editorial-extras/20-best-router-tips-and-tricks

Period Fan Carving from Fine Woodworking –

https://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/12/04/episode-6-period-fan-carving?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_content=FW+Video+Workshops&utm_medium=Newsletter&oly_enc_id=2126E0655890G2G

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.

 

Why folks hate to go to the dentist.

 

Do you remember this song?

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.

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 10

Greetings

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. deertracefarm@gmail.com

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.

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 09

Greetings

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. deertracefarm@gmail.com

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.
https://www.woodmagazine.com/video/get-a-grip-on-these-sexy-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

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 08

Greetings

I started early on this month’s Splinters and I’m still behind. I’ve been having trouble with my back the last couple weeks and it’s finally gone out. After two days in bed, I can finally sit at the computer for a while. The newsletter must go through!

Let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

July 2022 Meeting

Anthony Watts and job foreman, Tim Dennis, did a great job presenting the design and build process of his timber frame shop. The presentation can be seen here.

August 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, August 16th. Our program will be the Annual Club Benefit Auction. So, clean out some of those extra tools and items you have made. Bring them to the sale and share the joy!

One-on-one Sharpening

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

July 2022 Show & Tell

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

Will Meyers and Matt Brothers showed pictures of a “floating” bunk bed Will made.  His mother, Jane Meyers, reached out to Matt when Will expressed interest in building a bed.  Will made the bed out of red oak and used Varathane Honey Stain and lacquer as the finish.  His bunk bed ladder was made of ¾” pipe with wooden stair treads.  The pipe was wrapped in rope to look like a rope ladder but, in fact, the “pipe ladder” provided the outside corner stability necessary to allow the bed to appear to be “floating”.  Well done, Will!
(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6)

Paul Jalbert showed a 1/12th scale sailboat complete with working tufted sails, working sheets and wind direction labels he built as a sailing training device for the Tim’s Ford State Park youth sailing program.  The sailboat was mounted on an axis so the boat moved.  He made the training model out of sourwood and finished it with Danish Oil.

Larry Wendland showed a clock made out of a cross section of an ambrosia maple log.  While beautiful, Larry wanted to emphasize the use of CedarShield as a stabilizing material.  When wet wood is soaked in CedarShield (previously known as Turners Choice), it displaces the water in the wood’s cells and then dries as crystals.  Once dried, Larry finished the clock with rattle-can lacquer.

Gary Bennett showed 4 gnomes he made of scrap mahogany and spalted poplar inspired from YouTube.  Once the bodies are turned, he uses a Forstner bit to hollow the body top to receive the hat.  He turns the hat tenon to the Forstner bit diameter.  The gnomes had various hat styles and wood types and beards made from fur purchased at Hobby Lobby.  He finished the wood with tung oil and glued the beards on with hot melt glue.

Internet Links of Interest

  • Everything you always wanted to know about solvents but were afraid to ask. A Fine Woodworking article on solvents
  • Great Finishes for the Great Outdoors – A WOOD magazine article on outdoor finishes

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.

     

I should save the next one for Christmas, but I’m afraid I’d forget to remember.

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

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 07

Greetings

I trust everyone had a great Independence Day. We had opportunity to get together with family, eat BBQ, and see two different fireworks display. I’m sorry the newsletter is late, it’s been a hectic month. I’ve been chasing my tail all month

Let’s better get started with SPLINTERS.

June 2022 Meeting

Fred Roe, a retired NASA engineer, gave a very interesting presentation on making Reel Foot Lake duck calls. He displayed several calls he had made and explained the history of this particular type of call and how he got involved in making them.

Turning Bee

The Annual Tom Cowan Turning Bee was held June 11 at Larry Wendland’s shop. He was kind enough to send me a few pictures. See them here.

 July 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, July 19th. Our program will be presented by Anthony Watts on building a timber frame shop.

One-on-one Sharpening

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

June 2022 Show & Tell

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

Tony Murphy had 2 contemporary bar stools he made of walnut. He discussed making the bar stools, the joints and seats. One was finished with oil, varnish, and wax. The other is not yet finished.

 John Hartin brought a black walnut bowl with carved top and small feet. He had second bowl with larger feet. He said you need to make larger feet so they can be seen. Also displayed a small bowl with lid and a Scandinavian spoon he carved.

Richard Gulley displayed a plaque made in memory of Avis Holmes to hang on a memorial wall at church. He used ambrosia maple wood and rattle can lacquer for the finish.

Gary Runyon showed a skinner knife with blade made by forging from a bearing. The knife handle was made of stabilized Chittum wood.
Gary also had a picture of a Windsor chair a friend has with cracked leg. The friend will give it away. Contact Gary if interested.

Internet Links of Interest

  • Wood That Works – If you wind it up! An interesting site with woodworking that moves.
  • Thanks to Pete Miller for this submission – Robin Williams as The Flag.

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 chimp humor 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

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 06

Greetings

Well, it doesn’t seem to matter if the 3rd Tuesday falls early or late, I always seem to get caught by surprise.

I’d like to give a shout out to Gary Runyan. The programming this year has been excellent! I’m looking forward to the program on duck calls. I’m having a hard time keeping mine in a row.

A reminder about Show and Tell – I know it’s hot in the shop (my air conditioner is a Harbor Freight pedestal fan) but get out there early and crank out something to bring on the 21st.

Let’s better get started with SPLINTERS.

May 2022 Meeting

David Mathis presented a very informative program on the Gallagher Guitar Company past present and future. He brought one of the early Gallagher guitars and well as one of the latest. It’s good to know the quality of the original company is being carried on.

June 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, June 21st. Our program will be presented by Fred Roe on making Reel Foot Lake Duck Calls

One-on-one Sharpening

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

May 2022 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in last month’s Zoom/Live meeting. There were only two items brought. That make’s for a short meeting and a short newsletter. So, get to work guys and give me something to write about.

Darrell Albert made several Chittum burls items and finished them with walnut oil.

John Hartin turned lidded pin oak bowls and finished them with oil and varnish.

Internet Links of Interest

  • WOOD Magazine has a short article on “Foolproof Finishes.” They probably don’t know how competent a fool I am <grin>.
  • I can’t remember if someone sent me this link or if I just stumbled on it. There’s a tire company in Chattanooga, Corker Tire Company, that specializes in tires for antique cars. They have expanded their product line to include wooden spoked rims.
  • It may not be too late to sign up for the AAW Symposium in Chattanooga!

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

Two tech funnies – kinda.

Watch out for SPLINTERS!

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

Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 05

Greetings

Friday the 13th is my birthday. I’ll be seventy years old. I can tell you getting old is not for sissies. But, as far as I know, there’s no good alternative to getting old. So, I’m praying for good legs, that my back will hold up, my mind will stay clear, and I’ll have a lot more days with my family and in the shop.

We’d better get started with SPLINTERS.

April 2022 Meeting

The following is from the April minutes found on the website:

 The program started by recognizing members of Tom’s family in attendance. Darren Earle gave a brief resume of Tom’s work and pointed out a number of Tom’s work here on display. Tom was one of the original members who started our club in 1985. He along with Henry Davis, Ross Roepke and 5 others attended first meetings. Showed a picture of Tom’s first tool, a scroll saw Tom owned at age 11. Some of items on display included a scale model of a spinning wheel he made and gave to his teacher. She gave it back when she retired. Windsor chairs, carved sea chest, spinning wheel, large plan drawings and number of other items. Darren and other members talked about his use of nail method of decorating items, cutting dovetails by hand and making his own tools. Showed lots of pics of Tom’s works including Good Shepherd Church Baptismal Font, Woodward House furniture refinished, and many others. Tom was a great teacher. He really enjoyed sharing and working with kids. Tom was a talented woodworker, turner, and teacher. Tom’s daughter, Emily, told of secret compartment in a cabinet her dad made for her. He often asked if she ever opened and she told him no. Later it was discovered that he had left her and her two daughters a secret message in the compartment. The program was a great success and all appreciated by Tom’s family in attendance.

Editor’s note – I’d like to mention a group of Tom’s work that I found fascinating – his Civil War reproductions. He made folding chairs, officer’s field desks and many other items. The one I liked best was the canteens he turned as 2 dished sides and then assembled. I don’t remember the process, but I thought it pretty neat.

May 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, May 17th from 6:30-8:30.  David Mathis from Gallagher Guitars will discuss making guitars with woods indigenous to Tennessee.

One-on-one Sharpening

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

April 2022 Show & Tell

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

Ken Gould sent pics of few projects. 1) Double cottonwood bark carving with electric burning detail on oak mounting boards. Explained burning technique using a solution of baking soda and vinegar and high voltage probes at different spots on the boards to create a fractal effect. 2) Turned bowl burned with the same process.  Pretty diamond willow walking stick.

Tony Murphy showed pics of 2 sideboards he made. Plan was featured in Fine Woodworking which he modified to fit in his designated house spaces. Made of white oak with stain and shellac finish. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5)

Fred Heltsley spoke of items he saw in Maui, Hi. Bottle nose dolphin wall sculpture of monkey pod explained what carving represents. No finish. Eastern red cedar bowl from Sandra Bailey, finish Odie’s Oil and polish. Todd Campbell twice turned bowl with a lacquer oil mix, then hand rubbed. Todd Campbell has 9 month twice turning process. Pics of shop and lathe that can handle very large pieces. (Pic4, Pic5, Pic6) For more information visit: Toddcampbellwoodworks.com.

Jim Jolliffe had a carving of a wood spirit from a pine knot finished with rattle-can satin lacquer.

He also showed a couple red oak burl power carved vessels. (Pic3)Used power grinder with various bits/wheels. Finished with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner.

Gary Runyon brought osage orange threaded box with spinning wheel dizes inside. Each diz was from different woods including from mesquite, red bud, maple, and cherry and finished with Dr Woodshop walnut oil and shellac.

Paul Jalbert displayed a take apart rocker from plan he obtained at a previous meeting. Made out of cherry and finished with Danish oil. He carved his nephew’s name in the chair’s back and painted the letter grooves and acrylic paint. He shared a tip to use yellow paint when doing paint highlights for color blind persons as they can see yellow best.

Vince Zaccardi talked about table saw jig he brought. Explained clamping wood to obtain any angle.

James Rice had three items for show and tell.

  1. Had pics of hutch he made for his daughter-in-law. Made of oak with golden oak finish.
  2. Pic of crocheted flag that he made frame to hold. It was mounted to plywood using double sided tape. To be placed in Lulu’s Restaurant in Estill Springs.
  3. Small embroidery rolling cart with spindles to hold up to 216 spools of thread. Explained procedure of building including jig made to hold wood while drilling.

Chuck Taylor showed mushrooms done by offset turning. Made of spalted maple and lacquer finish.

He had a cherry bowl made by Tom Cowan with rim decorated by Tom’s nail method. Also showed a miniature English tilt top table Tom made of cherry and finished with lacquer.

Janie Lovett brought her spinning wheel Tom Cowan made for her. She uses it at Falls Mill to demonstrate spinning. Made with maple, ash and cherry. There was also a small spinning wheel made by Tom on display.

Richard Gulley had sign made from request by Fred Heltsley. Sign said Raus Kitchen In Loving Memory of Lewis E. Rittenhouse. Black matte for CNC still adhered to the top of the wood.  Wood was unfinished.

Internet Links of Interest

Thanks to Fred Heltsley for the links to two Hawaian woodworkers:

Loyd Ackerman created a video of the PowerPoint presentation of Tom Cowan’s work. I posted it on our YouTube channel.

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

This month’s funnies:

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Newsletter Vol 37 / Issue 04

Greetings

I had brunch today (April 11) with Paul Jalbert, Vince Zacardi, and Jack Kincella. We had a little going away gathering for Jack. Several others were supposed to attend but were providentially hindered. This has already been said by several in several different ways, but I’ll add mine. Jack has been a blessing to me and a great asset to the club.

His finishing skills border on magic, but he thinks anyone ought to be able to do it. He told me he apprenticed under his dad, so I think it’s genetic.

We’d better get started with SPLINTERS.

 March 2022 Meeting

Jack told club he will soon be moving and how much he had enjoyed the club. Using a picture of a table he made he walked through epoxy process. He recommends Stone Coat Counter tops for product and free training videos. There are many uses for epoxy finishes including doors, coasters, tables, cutting boards and picture frames.

April 2022 Meeting

We will have our next meeting on Tuesday, April 19th from 6:30-8:30.  Darren Earle will give a presentation of Tom Cowan’s work. He was a very prolific woodworker. Tom was also a cofounder of our wood club.

One-on-one Sharpening

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

March 2022 Show & Tell

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

Paul Jalbert had pictures of Little Free Library stands made by the club for Franklin County Friends of Library. Showed picture of one donated to Tims Ford State Park.

Jim Jolliffe with aid of pictures showed his update to bench top dust collector. Replaced squirrel cage motor with second hand fan motor making unit much lighter and quieter.

Bob Truesdale displayed a lidded bowl made of walnut and finished with lacquer. He explained thumbnail carvings along sides. Bob had some plastic drawers to give away to anyone who wanted.

Joe Ferraro brought a bowl he made from wood his friend in Winchester gave him. Made of Maple and finished with lacquer.

Fred Heltsey showed a jig he made for burning wood turnings by heating different wire gauges. He explained how to use to burn lines in wood. He also had a display of his son’s collection of Jenga blocks of large selection of wood collected over time. Fred had a piece of yellow wood of a tree that fell at his home. Yellow throughout and wanted know if anyone could identify.

Richard Gulley brought a sign made on CNC. “My mind still thinks I’m 25. My body thinks my mind is an IDIOT”. Made for Henry Davis’ wife.

 Internet Links of Interest

Thanks to Pete Miller for this article on saving space in the shop.

Here’s a WOOD article on making cabinets the easy way

 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

This month’s picture in not for the funny bone. I think Ross Roepke sent it to me. It’s a book bench at a library in Ukraine. I pray it’s still there. Say a special prayer for those people fighting for their homes.

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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.