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Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 06

Splinters June 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 06

Greetings

I don’t know what else the world can throw at us before we can return to “normal.” I really hope we can get back together in July. But unless we get a temporary meeting place, that depends on when UTSI opens up to outside meetings. Whenever we meet again, we urge you all to evaluate your own risk tolerance. Wear a mask if that makes you feel safer. If you’re really concerned or you have underlying health conditions, you might want to stay home a while longer. Personally, I’m ready to meet again. But that’s just my opinion.

Looking Back

  • Splinters Newsletter – I hope you’ve enjoyed the newsletter while we’ve been quarantined. I’ve tried to put a little more meat in the pot and maybe a little extra dessert. I also hope you’ve taken advantage of the club videos we’ve posted on YouTube. A lot of good memories there. We have been very fortunate to have talented people in the club to present (and create) these very informative programs.

Coming Events

  • One fine day– we’ll have a Tennessee Valley Woodworkers Club meeting. The program will include a Super “I Survived Covid 19/and Riots” Show & Tell! Don’t miss it!!
  • Annual Picnic – The picnic will be rescheduled to sometime in the fall.

Long Time Member Passes

We were saddened to hear of Sharron Wright’s passing. She was a lady of many interests and a joy to be around. My favorite Sharron story is from a club picnic several years ago. Her late husband Newt (who had recently retired) and I had gone to check out the desserts. Sharron asked my wife if I was intending to retire. She strongly urged against it. Sharron said “You get twice as much husband and half as much pay!”

TVW YouTube Channel

Another video has been added to our YouTube channel. This time I chose Tom Cowan demonstrating hand cut half-blind dovetails.
https://youtu.be/78IB7KQe51c

June Show & Tell

Several folks have sent me pictures of what they’ve been working on while “Sheltered in Place.” The pictures can be seen on the website Gallery and links are in the online newsletter.

Chuck Taylor completed two small memory boxes for graduation gifts. Figured maple with cherry tops and satin lacquer finish.

Denis Urbanczik sent pics of a few of the latest projects he’s been working on – a cane bench (Pic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), small computer desk on wheels (Pic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), and a sculpture stand (Pic 1, 2, 3).

Gary Runyan – Gary sent me pictures over two months ago of some of the things he’s been working on. After losing the pics a couple times, I finally got them in the newsletter– a blending board (Pic 1, 2), tansu storage boxes, and threaded needle boxes.

Little Free Libraries – Several months ago, the club’s Executive Committee agreed to help the Franklin County Library by constructing Little Free Library boxes. We allocated $200 to buy materials. Vince Zaccardi, Paul Jalbert and Richard Gulley met with the library folk and developed a plan. We met at Richard’s shop to cut out all the parts and develop jigs and assembly procedures. Then came Covid 19. The project was put on hold so the boxes could be delivered shortly after assembly. A couple weeks ago Vince, Paul, Richard, Larry Wendland, Jim Jolliffe, and Henry Davis met at Henry’s shop to assemble the boxes. A couple days later they were delivered to the FC Library. A total of 17 boxes were delivered plus the early prototype that went to Paul’s neighborhood. Thanks to generous gifts by the Friends of the Library and Huntland Interact Club, our club’s cost was less than $200. LFL 1, 2

Loyd Ackerman says “I’m mostly learning CNC skills this month. I carved a carousel horse for the top of a box for my great granddaughter’s birthday. Pirating Richard’s idea of making key tags using raised letters in V-carve on CNC.  Harder than I thought.  Cleaning up V-carve letters takes longer than the CNC runs.  Names on one side and initials on the other. I decided to try V-carve on Corian and had better success.  No fuzz to clean up so it went faster than its wood cousins.”

Richard Gulley – I’m almost finished with an 84” X 76” wide sliding barn style door for the Cowan Church of the Nazarene (Pic 1, 2, 3). I’ve also been working on a new (to me) CNC. It’s a DIY machine that needed a little tender loving care. It has a 5’ X 5’ bed and is built really heavy duty. Right now I’m replacing the rack and pinion Z axis with a ball screw unit. I still have to tune the Z axis motor and replacing the bed with added T tracks.

Internet Links of Interest

I think I mentioned last month that a club member had been getting my sawdust to compost. I did a little searching and found this link –
https://www.wwgoa.com/article/7-ways-upcycle-sawdust/#
What do y’all do with your sawdust? Let me know and I’ll report back next month.

Carver’s Corner

Jim tells me the carvers are going to resume their carving sessions. There are usually less than 10 attending and as weather improves, they plan to move outside.

The carver’s meet first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.  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

I saw these funnies on Pinterest and thought you might enjoy them –

     

That’s all for this month. 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 Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley (rgulley@utsi.edu .)

Membership Information

If you change your phone number, email address, etc.; please notify Chuck Taylor, membership chairman (931-728-7086 or taylor_cw@charter.net. This will allow the membership listing on the web site to reflect current and up-to-date information of all our club members.

 

Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 05

Splinters May 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 05

Greetings

I believe folk are starting to wander out more. I was at Home Depot yesterday and it was packed. My wife and I stopped by DQ for lunch and there were two other food trucks set up in the parking lot and doing a fair business. Sadly, another thing I noticed was that folk seemed wary of one another. I saw fewer smiles and acts of kindness, more sideways glances – less eye contact. I pray that’s only temporary.

Looking Back

  • Who have you seen? – When meetings were cancelled, I thought I’d see fewer woodworkers. But I’ve had the pleasure of working with Vince Z and Jack K. I saw Joe F – we both cooked a meal for the wives at Raphaels. He had been working on his lathe and needed a set of e-ring pliers to reassemble. He stopped by the next day and borrowed mine. Meg Garrett picked up a truck load of cedar shavings. Teri Smith and her husband stopped by and did a quick shop tour. Finally, I’ve been to Dean Lutes’ shop and helped him clean out his wood scraps. Can’t keep woodworkers down.

Coming Events

  • One fine day– we’ll have a Tennessee Valley Woodworker’s program! The program will include a Super “I Survived Covid 19” Show & Tell! Don’t miss it!!
  • May 16 – The carver’s trip to Franklin has been cancelled. Hopefully, just postponed.
  • May 16 – Annual Picnic – This word from John & Janie Lovett at Fall’s Mill:
    “Please let the members know that Falls Mill is open only on Saturdays during May and large groups are still prohibited. Even though we love to have you for the picnic each year, it will have to wait a while. Perhaps in the fall?”

TVW YouTube Channel

Another video has been added to our YouTube channel. This time I chose Jim VanCleave demonstrating string inlay. Jim is greatly missed by those who knew him.

May Corona Show & Tell

Several folks have sent me pictures of what they’ve been working on while “Sheltered in Place.” 

Rowland (Buzz) Bussler – Finished this serving tray just in time for my daughter’s birthday May 2. Walnut, Purple Heart and Wormy Pecan with Yellow Heart accent strips. Used Minwax spray Polyurethane for the finish. Also End Grain Cutting Board. Cherry, Walnut and Maple. 10 X 13 X 1.5 in. Mineral Oil soak and rubbed with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner. (Pic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Chuck Taylor photos of a project that I have completed (actually made 2).   Memory boxes (cherry, finished with satin lacquer) (Pics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Dave Duesterhaus Finished my chess board for some oriental pieces I purchased at a Murfreesboro woodworker’s estate sale. The board is made of white oak and mahogany and finished with water-based polyurethane.

Gerry Janesek built two Potty Chairs. – One is Ambrosia Maple (on the right.) The other is Cherry (on the left.) Built them for family members.

John Lovett sent a pic of his latest wood working project. Rebuilding a one room log school house. He is working on the 5th run of logs now. There are 7 layers in total plus the plate logs. Slow work, lots of precision cuts needed for the notches.

Loyd Ackerman sent pics of several new bowls. 
Segmented bowl – Cherry and Maple; 7 rings of 16 segments plus bottom plug and bottom disk — 114 pieces finished with Lacquer and wax
Box Elder Bowl – 9” diameter; finished with Lacquer and wax.
Red Maple Bowl – 11” diameter; finished with Lacquer and wax
Loyd also sent pics last month that I failed to include. Two segmented vessels (1, 2) and a picture of the jig used to create the segments.

Franklyn (Pete) Miller – It’s spring and Pete has turned to gardening. He’s also burning things up lately. (Pics 1, 2) And, evidently, he would rather be fishing than gardening.

Steve Shores – Here is a table (1, 2) I built a couple months ago, it is 4’x8’ cherry top with turned maple legs, no stain just clear finish. The cabinet (1, 2)was made for my daughter’s vinyl machine and heat press, it has two fold-up wings and 2” draws for storage, lacquer finish. Finally, a couple cottonwood bark carvings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) with a lacquer finish

Vince Zaccardi Pic1 – One of these bowls is maple and the other one is tamarind. They were finished with pre-catalyzed lacquer. Pic2 -This is an oak bowl and it is finished with pre-catalyzed lacquer. Pic3 – These two bowls are dogwood and they were also finished with pre-catalyzed lacquer.

Internet Links of Interest

I hope I’m not repeating some of these links. But if you’re like me, after thirty days everything is new again!

Wood Magazine has some good tips on glue ups.

The Build Something website has a plethora of free woodworking plans .

Carver’s Corner

Jim tells me the carvers are going to resume their carving sessions. There are usually less than 10 attending and as weather improves, they plan to move outside.

The carver’s meet first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. 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!

The field trip to Vic Hood’s Shop has been cancelled. Jim will let us know when it is rescheduled.

Sweeping Up

I saw these funnies on Pinterest and thought you might enjoy them –

             

That’s all for this month. 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 Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley (rgulley@utsi.edu .)

Membership Information

If you change your phone number, email address, etc.; please notify Chuck Taylor, membership chairman (931-728-7086 or taylor_cw@charter.net. This will allow the membership listing on the web site to reflect current and up-to-date information of all our club members.

Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 04

Splinters April 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 04

Greetings

I guess it’s true that you don’t really appreciate what you have until it’s gone. I really miss the monthly meetings with fellow woodworkers. I miss talking face to face with friends and shaking hands. I miss going out to eat with the best wife I ever had. Toilet Paper – (no need to say more!)

Actually, most woodworkers will probably agree that “social distancing” hasn’t changed their lives that much. Eat, go to the shop, eat again, go to the shop, etc. Maybe even wear a mask if you’re sanding or spraying. All in all, a great life!

Time to make some sawdust –

Looking Back

  • How long – has it been since you’ve been to any kind of meeting? I have at least three monthly meetings, one weekly meeting, plus church three times a week. Cancellation of all those have left a large whole in my life. The one I miss most is church.

Coming Events

  • One fine day– we’ll have a Tennessee Valley Woodworker’s program! The program will include a Super “I Survived Covid 19” Show & Tell! Don’t miss it!!
  • May 16 – Carver’s trip to Franklin (Plan is to be back before the picnic.) More details below.
  • May 16 – Annual Picnic

Membership Dues

Paul Jalbert will let us all know where we stand when we meet again.

TVW YouTube Channel

Two new videos have been added to our YouTube channel. First, Henry Davis tells us how he sharpens and uses hand scrapers.
https://youtu.be/-B26Bg87MW8

In the next video, Tom Cowan interviews Walter Clement at his shop in Old Salem. Walter has an extensive collection of antique machinery.
https://youtu.be/-twpQNn6k1A

Tips, Tricks, and Other Ideas

Doyle McConnell sent in this link. Another way to hold a bowl while finishing the foot:
http://www.davidreedsmith.com/Articles/BlueBowlReversing/blue_bowl_reversing.htm

Jack Kincella says he’s been re-educating himself on a couple of restoration and finishing processes he studied during my apprenticeship.
Instead of using canned shellac that is so generic, for a lot less money you can order flakes and mix your own. the benefits are great for finish flexibility and the startup cost is about $75.00 for everything. There is great article in Fine Woodworking Nov/Dec 2003 issue for those looking to get knowledge as well as a list of suppliers. The best supplier I found was shellac.net – phone 707-391-4042. You can order as little as ¼ lb size as well as filters and denatured alcohol.

**The other process is FRENCH POLISHING using SHELLAC OR PUMICE/ROTTENSTONE. This is a process primarily for flat surfaces that you want a semi or high gloss hand rubbed finish and requires more time and energy but he results are really great.

If you have questions about any of the products, or how to use them, Jack says to call him at 931-759-6808.

Mary (Meg) Garrett is looking for sawdust suitable for composting. – No walnut, pressure treated, chemicals.

BTW, I’ll be having a LOT of cedar shavings. I’m making 900-1000 bd/ft of paneling for a mountain cabin. Probably won’t compost, but will make great bedding.

April Corona Show & Tell

Several folks have sent me pictures of what they’ve been working on while “Sheltered in Place.” 

Chuck Taylor sent photos of things that he has been up to. Items are made from holly, harvested from the front yard of the oldest member at church. She passed away last year and these items were for her family. The three pieces are: A small holly bowl finished with gloss lacquer. A potpourri dish: holly with interesting grain for holly. Finish” gloss lacquer. And he made two small lidded boxes, same material and same finish.

The following items were made for a school benefit auction in West Tennessee: A small box, figured maple with cherry top. Satin finish; A salt & pepper mill, pecan with oil/wax finish. A set of Leyland cypress bowls. Oil/wax finish. For good measure, a 6” apple vase. Finish – gloss lacquer.
Great work Chuck!

Doyle McConnell sent me a picture of a beautiful wedding bowl and another salt and pepper mill for a bride-to-be. Doyle also has an idea to get a Longworth chuck to hold a little better.

Gary Walker sent in picture of two twin beds made for their grandsons. The beds are convertible between bunk beds or twin beds. Headboards and footboards form a built-in ladder.  He used 1x poplar for posts, 2×6 for horizontals and ash for bed rails.

Jim Jolliffe sent pictures of doors he made to protect the magazines and books from TVWW Emeritus Member Phil Bishop’s shop.   Jim says “The carvers bought his shelving unit and the books.  I have added my magazines and books to the shelves as well.  I’ve been wanting to put these doors on for years….”

The rails and styles are made from Red Oak and the panel inserts are Luan plywood (primed on the inside).  I used a Kreg jig to connect the the rails and stiles.  I cut a 1/4”w x 3/16”d dado to accept the panels. The two left side doors are bi-fold doors connected with two hinges.  The doors have 3/8” rabbets to sit inside the book case openings and to lighten the doors. The finish is Danish Oil natural color.

Kenn Burgess has been working on 5 bark houses in the round. They are a little difficult to visualize since they are in the round. They average about 5 inches in height and 2 to 3 inches in width and depth. They are finished with Min-Wax floor wax.

Matt Brothers says “For some crazy reason I decided to build all of our cabinetry for our new house. All 43 of them. All the carcasses are done and 14 of the face frames. All that’s left is 29 more face frames, doors, drawers, assembly, finishing and installation. Someone please shoot me.”

Franklyn (Pete) Miller says “It’s gardening season so I turned the handles for the garden tool kit from WoodCraft. The wood is TN cedar and has 3 coats of outdoor polyurethane finish.”

Richard Gulley made a two sided street sign for his daughter’s new house. It’s made of 1.5”x13” cedar and will be partiallt painted and sealed with an exterior UV finish. He’s also been doing some shop maintenance. He made new push sticks for the table saw and new hold down clamps for the CNC. The clamps were milled from ½” HDPE and use 5/16” Tbolts and knobs made on the CNC. Finally. he and his wife made “Psalm 91” yard signs for friends and neighbors. The stamps were made on the CNC. You need to take the time to read this good Psalm. It puts Covid 19 in a proper perspective.

Chris Sautter sent in before and after pictures of a little wheelbarrow he rebuilt for his wife. A great looking little wheelbarrow! One thing for sure, Chris knows who butters the bread.

Denis Urbanczik sent me a picture of a piece of wood he got from his mom. I’m not going to tell you about it here. You’ll just have to see it in the gallery.

Internet Links of Interest

Carver’s Corner

Jim tells me the carvers have suspended their Saturday morning meetings till Covid 19 leaves town.

However, the field trip to Vic Hood’s Shop is still on. Be at Vic’s shop at 9 AM on Saturday May 16th. They plan to caravan to save fuel and increase chances of finding his shop. Contact Jim (jajolliffe@aol.com) or one of the carvers to schedule a ride.

The address to Vic Hood’s shop:
4231 Old Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN

Sweeping Up

I saw this in a post on routerforums.com –
“As you reach a certain age, and when you drop something on the floor, you start questioning whether or not you really need it, rather than going through the trouble of picking it up.”

But if you’re thinking it’s tough getting old, maybe you’re not looking at it right.

Thanks to Pete Miller for sending in this picture.

That’s all for this month. 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 Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley (rgulley@utsi.edu .)

Membership Information

If you change your phone number, email address, etc.; please notify Chuck Taylor, membership chairman (931-728-7086 or taylor_cw@charter.net. This will allow the membership listing on the web site to reflect current and up-to-date information of all our club members.

Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 03

Splinters March 2020

Volume 35 / Issue 03

Greetings

This past month I’ve learned a lot more about WordPress websites. Thanks to Cliff Baker with UTSI IT department for his patience with an old guy (i.e., Old dog learning new tricks!)

The website has a long way to go, but is starting to look a little more presentable. Keep watching http://tnvalleywoodclub.org to see how we’re progressing.

Looking Back

  • February Program – Robert Milton from Hobby Hardwoods in New Market, AL. gave an entertaining presentation of his lumber business. He described his current operation and what he has available to woodworkers looking for high-quality cabinet woods. He also carries some exotic species.

 Coming Events

  • April Program – April’s presentation will be by Sam Clark on Shop Maintenance
  • May 16 – Annual Picnic

Membership Dues

Just a reminder that dues for 2020 are now payable. If you’re not sure of your dues status, see Paul Jalbert.

New Members

We welcome the following folk to Tennessee Valley Woodworkers:
– Eddie and Suzanne Barton of Normandy TN
– Rick Dickson of Fayetteville, TN
– Alan Moultrie of Manchester, TN
– Nicole Holland of Manchester, TN
– Dusty Wilder of Tullahoma, TN
– Pete Winford of Manchester, TN

Tips and Jigs

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Carl Blumenthal – Carl talked about safety of transporting power tools and his experience of a blade guard getting bent on a chop saw and flying apart when operated.

February Show & Tell

Pictures for February Show & Tell can be see at http://tvww.utsi.edu/index.php/show-tell/nggallery/2020-show-tell/2020-02feb

Doug Dunlap had two sanding blocks he made and showed ease of use. Made with cedar, walnut, and beech. Finish Danish Oil. He also had a segmented pepper mill made of walnut and maple finished with Danish Oil.

John Hartin displayed a bowl made of magnolia finish lacquer.

Mickey Knowles showed a spalted maple bowl finished with sanding sealer and lacquer.

Chuck Taylor brought a small vase made of apple and finished with gloss lacquer. He had a salt and pepper mill finished with oil and wax. Chuck also had a set of nested bowls made of Leyland cypress finished with food safe oil.

Loyd Ackerman displayed a segmented vase made with maple and walnut. Finish lacquer and Beall wax system.

Danny Maher showed pics of a Little Free Library he built to be placed at Russell Barnett dealership. The club has built another prototype for mass production. Materials will be purchased with funds from our club and Friends of the Library. The units will be placed outside county public schools and other locations around the county.

Internet Links of Interest

Woodworkers at all levels and abilities come to Woodcademy for woodworking information, education, and advice. They keep coming back for new classes, woodworking plans, product reviews, industry information, great newsletters, and more! Learn something new, get info on which tool to buy, find new project plans.

https://www.woodcademy.com/

Carver’s Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday’s of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. 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!

The carvers are headed to Vic Hood’s Shop for their club’s meeting at 9 AM on Saturday May 16th. They plan to caravan to save fuel and increase chances of finding his shop. Contact Jim or one of the carvers to schedule a ride.

The address to Vic Hood’s shop:
4231 Old Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN

Sweeping Up

Not wood related but…

 

That’s all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS

Newsletter Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email the editor, Richard Gulley (rgulley@utsi.edu .)

Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 02

Splinters 2020 February

Vol 35 / Issue 02

Greetings

I predict that the most searched for wood project on the internet lately is boat building. Too much rain. Sorry I’m late in getting the newsletter out this month. There’s a lot going on in my life these days. Also, you might have noticed the club website is down. The server died. We’ve been working on the new website for a couple months and it will be ready to go live soon.

Looking Back

  • January Program – It’s good to know that we have good sources for lumber nearby. We thank Davis Lumber Company of Elora, TN for presenting what they have to offer. BTW, I got one of the toboggans he had to give away and I’d like to report that it works GREAT!

Coming Events

  • Shop Tour is set for Saturday, February 15
    Starting time: 9AM
    Starting point: Dutch Maid Bakery
    We will meet at the Dutch Maid Bakery for a great breakfast buffet, prepared especially for our shop tour group. The address:
    Dutch Maid Bakery
    109 Main Street
    Tracy City, TN 37387First shop tour:
    Dean Lutes’ Shop
    150 Alex Sanders Road
    Tracy City, TN
    Second shop tour: (Cancelled)
    Geoff Roehm’s Shop
    279 Smith Road
    Sewanee, TN
  • February Program –
    The February presentation will be by Robert Milton from Hobby Hardwoods in New Market, AL. He will describe his current operation and what he has available to woodworkers looking for high-quality cabinet woods. He also carries some exotic species.

Membership Dues

Just a reminder that dues for 2020 are now payable. If you’re not sure of your dues status, see Paul Jalbert.

New Members

We welcome Gary and Teri Smith of Shelbyville, TN to the club.

Tips and Jigs

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Carl Blumenthal – His “life hack” is a repair tip for towel bars and toilet paper dispensers. Cut the existing drywall stud to stud. Replace the removed drywall with 1/2” plywood. Tape/mud the plywood just like drywall. The plywood allows mounting stability and flexibility beyond just stud mounting.

Marvin Miller uses a jig for his table saw. He uses a magnet and a dial indicator to set his fence. Very handy and precise!

Safety Mentor Ken Jordan provided a Safety Tip. A Contractor’s First Aid Kit from Amazon (link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006RNSPYM/ref=emc_b_5_i) for under $25 that is enough for a team of 25. It is in a metal case, can be mounted on your wall and is a close out item. Buy now!!!

January Show & Tell

Pictures for the January Show & Tell items can be seen in this Photo Gallery

Matt Brothers showed the finished Queen Walnut Bedroom Suite with Maple inlay complete with matching end tables. Finished with lacquer.

Doug Dunlap showed his 4th box he made for his grandkids out of chestnut with a Jatoba top. He put a felt bottom in the box. He used finger joints for the box and showed the jig he used to make them and finished it with Danish Oil.

Marvin Miller showed turned acorns made of walnut and poplar with Johnson was on the acorn top and beeswax on the poplar bottom. He showed a walnut pepper mill finished with rub-on poly and the peppermill inserts. He also showed Robert Sorby tools he used for texturing.

Darren Earle showed a cherry bowl he turned. He also showed a Ukibori “pimpling” technique. He used different sized nail sets to make indentations. He then “planed” the turning to the dimpled size. He then added water which decompressed the dimples into raised “pimples”. He finished the bowl with Danish Oil.

Jim Jolliffe showed a wood spirit carved in Cottonwood bark. No finish applied to the carving.

John Hartin showed two cherry bowls he turned. He discussed the texturing method with tissue paper and artist’s vinyl paint. He finished them with Danish Oil.

Richard Gulley showed a S-helical jointer cutter head. He ordered from Holbren in Florida. Quite a protracted delivery with the company finding it buried in their warehouse and shipping it to him several months after ordering. Customer service isn’t what it used to be….

Mickey Knowles showed a spalted Silver Leaf Maple bowl. It was very light weight when he got around to working it. He increased the lathe speed to 1800 rpm to allow the wood to be worked. He also showed a segmented bowl that was primarily butternut with walnut and white pine inlays. It was turned at 1800 rpm to allow the best results. He finished both with sanding sealer and lacquer.

Karen Browning showed family heirloom marquetry pictures. Marquetry is done with different wood veneers in two dimensions (2D) as opposed to intarsia, which is more “3D” approach with different wood species.

Dave Duesterhaus showed shoulder planes he made for he and his son. He used maple and ironwood and finished with them with Danish Oil. He bought the plane blades from Woodcraft.

Internet Links of Interest

Free plans from Wood Magazine:

https://www.woodmagazine.com/project-plans/free

There’s also some good tips on the Wood Magazine site. Here’s the latest:

https://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-how-to/shop-tips/for-tiny-details-try-clothespin-clamps

Hit the “Prev Tip” button for more tips.

Carver’s Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday’s of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. 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

Another Tee shirt I really like-

This funny may not be wood related, but somehow, it rings true.

That’s all for this month. Watch out for

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 .

Newsletter Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley (rgulley@utsi.edu .)

Newsletter Vol 35 / Issue 01

Splinters 2020 January

Vol 35 / Issue 01

Greetings

I trust you all fared well through the holidays and that the New Year has treated you well thus far. I’m beginning to catch up on some of the jobs that were put on hold by Santa. I even managed to straighten up my lumber rack this past week. (Thanks to Henry Davis for the inspiration.)

Looking Back

  • December Program – Everyone sure stepped up to the plate for our Super Show & Tell. Be sure to see the online version of the newsletter for picture of all the goodies.
  • December 14 Christmas Party – The December 14th Christmas Party was a huge success! A suggestion was made as part of the gift exchange that the gift maker raise their hand after the gift is opened so the giver/recipient can connect. Discussion noted that the afternoon meeting time was good for all concerned.
  • Door Prizes at the December Meeting – Door prizes left by Woodline USA at last month’s program were handed out via a number drawing. Mike Broadrick won a large skew chisel, Doyle McConnell won a large hardwood board, Cindi Cooper won a router bit set and Darrell Albert won a router. Congratulations!!!

Coming Events

  • January 14 – Executive Committee Meeting – The Executive Committee will meet on the morning of Tuesday the 14th to plan activities for the coming year. I’m sure there’ll be a report at the regular meeting on the 21st.

Membership Dues

Just a reminder that dues for 2020 are now payable. If you’re not sure of your dues status, see Paul Jalbert.

New Members

We welcome James and Martha Rice of Estill Springs to the club.

Website Notice

There will be major changes to our website very soon. We have to move the site to a different server and the web platform will be different.

There is also the possibility that the forum will be discontinued, but for a very different reason. The forum just isn’t being used except for maybe 4 or 5 regular users. The forum is a valuable asset, but if use does not increase during January, it will probably be discontinued. Contact Loyd Ackerman if you’re interested in using the forum.

Tips and Jigs

Due to the large number of Show & Tell items, there were no Tips N Tricks in December.

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

December Show & Tell

Show & Tell Pictures can be viewed in this Gallery. There 3 pages in this Gallery. Be sure to see them all. (navigation bar at the bottom of each gallery page.

Tom Gillard made two, 6” wood quilt blocks made with assorted woods in their natural colors. He used SketchUp to design and finished them with lacquer. Tom also made 18” and 12” clock faces of painted plywood and one in a herringbone pattern, respectively. Tom’s herringbone patterned clock was inspired by fellow woodworker Jack Townsend. He also made a cherry pinwheel clock finished with lacquer.

Matt Brothers made a walnut bed frame with Stickley-inspired maple inlay. Both walnut slat and maple inlay parts were CNCed with beveled edges for tight mating. Matt suggested spray shellac application to the walnut part before milling so glue runout from the inlay mating won’t stick to finished surface. Once the glued parts dried the inlay excess was band-sawed from the walnut. The walnut was finish sanded and stained with lacquer.

Darren Earle made a very large Box Elder bowl that he turned on (previous owner) Tom Church’s lathe. Once turned, the Box Elder was bleached twice with Clean Strip, then lacquer applied.

Doug Dunlap showed a 91-piece segmented bowl of oak, walnut and cherry. The bowl was finished with lacquer. He showed his table saw jig for making the segments. Doug also showed a basswood carved duck decoy from Blue Pau’s carving seminar a couple years ago. The decoy was finished with acrylic paints.

Paul Jalbert brought a 1/40th scale model of the Martin Mars JRM-1 seaplane, made from scratch from original drawings of the aircraft. The model has a wing span of 5 feet with a caricature pelican head and realistic pelican wing tip feathers. It weighs 5 pounds and was made from a single 2x4x8 pine board – the “2×4 Challenge”. The model was un-skinned to reveal the model’s wooden construction.

Jim Acord brought a Red Oak Ladderback Dining Chair made by Pat Acord’s Grandfather and Father in 1938 who lived in Myra, Kentucky. The chair was refinished by Jack Kincella and sprayed with Duralac Spray-On Flat Lacquer. The reed seat was done by Jack’s friend.

Darrell Albert showed three jewelry boxes he made. One box had Kingwood ends and Birdseye maple top and sides. The second was made from curly white oak with ebony inlay and pull; and walnut trays. The third was made from Cherry. He finished them with walnut oil and tung oil. One box also had a spray-on shellac finish.

Gary Runyon showed a Japanese Storage Box he made from Red/Ambrosia Maple. He finished his box with MinWax Antique Oil.

Carl Blumenthal showed a Medusa he carved from a found root. The carving was constrained by the root material available. He hand-carved and painted the snakes coming from Medusa’s head. Ken Gould made mounting brackets for the carving. Carl finished the carving with oil and wax. Carl also showed some pressure washed sculpture of found wood he had finished in oil and wax and backlit with remote control LED lights.

Vince Zaccardi showed a bowl he had turned a long time ago from an unknown wood. The finishing is in progress. He also shared a 12” sanding wheel jig that fits on his lathe. It allows him to use his tool rest to support his turnings for power sanding.

Chuck Taylor showed a sample of family Christmas gifts he made. He used pecan wood for pepper mills with oil & wax finish. He showed some small lidded pecan wood vessels finished with satin lacquer. He also showed pecan potpourri dishes finished in glass lacquer. When asked how he fit the lids so well, he shared that he turned the wood lid receiver as close as possible then sands the high spots on the pot metal lid for the final fit and finish. He showed a maple and cherry music box he made and finished with satin lacquer.

Ken Gould showed a cottonwood bark house he made with a fractal-burned red oak mounting plank. The Cottonwood bark was finished with Krylon matte spray. The plank was finished with baking soda/water and a clear coat of Krylon matte finish.

Fred Heltsley presented his “Tribute to YouTube”. He showed carbide turning tools, handles, and a Collet for long, thin finials. He also showed a Christmas ornament with a long, thin finial. The ornament was sanded through 1200 grit and finished in walnut oil and Krylon spray.

Mickey Knowles showed a walnut and holly inlay Tea Box. The inlay was shaded with hot sand and made with help by Tom Cowan and finished in satin lacquer. He also showed three turned ash limb candle stands for his fire place hearth finished in high gloss lacquer.

Mike Layfield showed a new router table insert and asked members who might have a precision drilling capability to help him drill holes in the insert plate.

Sam Clark made a box fan dust collector using a Walmart 20” box fan. Sam used the fan’s packing box for his wood housing pattern. He uses a washable filter to collect the dust and simply washes it out when it clogs. Sam also showed turned bird houses made from oak barn wood. He died them with aniline dye mixed with 4 drops of alcohol. He applied a lacquer finish.

Bill Guffey showed an apple wood salt grinder he turned as well as a turned apple wood ceiling fan pull. Both were finished with lacquer.

Richard Gulley used Vectric CNC software to make an engraved poplar and cherry wood sled. He applied accent paint and finished it with spray lacquer. He made a maple box for toilet paper storage. He made “Names of Christ” Ornaments CNC’d out of various woods. He also made a walnut box with 1/4” finger joints. The boxes and ornaments have not yet had finish applied.

Larry Wendland showed a box elder bowl he turned and finished with paste wax.

Clay & Cindi Cooper showed glass terrariums with pine wood lids that Clay made and Cindi wood burned and painted. They finished the lids with spray acrylic lacquer.

James Rice showed a trivet for hot pans made from alder and oak woods and finished in mineral oil. He showed the trivet had handles that allowed the trivet to be expanded to support casserole dishes.

Jim Jolliffe showed a couple of elves (Wiggins and Morgan) he carved as well as a relief carving called “Snow Days”. All were carved out of basswood and finished with boiled linseed oil, acrylic paint “wash”, satin lacquer, and antique liquid wax.

Internet Links of Interest

In this instructional video, Ernie Conover explains the process for coring multiple bowls from one burl blank. You’ll learn how to make multiple bowl blanks from one large piece on a lathe.

Spoiler: You have to have special equipment to core a turning blank.

https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/video-how-to-core-several-bowls-from-one-blank/

Carver’s Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday’s of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. 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

For the lighter side this month, I have a couple quotes for you.

  • I remember being able to get up without making sound effects.
  • I’ve learned two important lessons in life. I can’t recall the first one, but the second one is that I need to start writing stuff down.

That’s all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS

Newsletter Information

Splinters is a publication of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers. For submissions, email editor, Richard Gulley (rgulley@utsi.edu .)

 

Newsletter Vol 34 / Issue 12 December 2019

About the December Meeting

The month’s meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 17th at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, room H111. You don’t want to miss the December program – Super Show & Tell. Bring something old or new, a favorite tool or jig. If you love it, we probably will too.

Greetings

Well, the Christmas spirit is in the air. I’m sure all you little elves have been working overtime getting ready for the big day! Unfortunately, the Christmas spirit is not the only thing in the air. The demon spirits of strep, flu, and bronchitis are on the loose as well. All three have been to my house. I’ve been sick almost a week with no relief in sight. So, forgive me if this last newsletter of 2019 is not quite up to par. I’ll do better next year.

Looking Back

  • November Program – Bill and Wayne from Woodline put on an entertaining program. Turns out Woodline deals with a lot more than router bits. Wayne was in the Christmas Spirit and left several goodies for door prizes at Saturday’s Christmas party.
  • Shop Tours – We closed out the year touring two more great shops. We started with breakfast at Gallery 41, 1778 US Highway 41 inn Pelham, TN.
    * First shop tour: Matt Brothers’ New Shop at 2250 Stephenson Road, Hillsboro, TN
    * Second shop tour: Bill Guffey’s shop at 135 Croft Lane, Hillsboro, TN.
    I love shop tours. There are many problems that are common to all shops – organization, layout, dust collection, etc. Yet it’s amazing the many different solutions we woodworkers come up with to solve, or at least mitigate, those problems. There might be a program idea in there somewhere. What are the steps involved is solving a problem?

Coming Events

  • December 14 — Christmas Party — • December 14 — Christmas Party — Decherd Nazarene Church Gym. Setup will be Friday afternoon, the 13th at 2:00. We will be starting the party at 1p.m. Saturday. It will be pot luck. Club will furnish drinks.
    We always have a great time at the Christmas party. Be sure it’s on your social calendar. We will have an optional gift exchange. So, bring your favorite pot luck dishes and maybe something from the shop for the gift exchange.

Membership Dues

 Just a reminder that dues for 2020 are now payable. If you’re not sure of your dues status, see Paul Jalbert.

Welcome to Our New Members

Our newest members, joining in the November meeting, are Sam Clark of Smyrna, and Clay and Cindi Cooper of Winchester. Rejoining the club is Gary Walker, also of Winchester.

Tips and Tricks

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Rust removal and prevention –
Larry Wendland said lemon juice will remove rust.
Geoff Roehm explained how he uses molasses and water to remove rust.
Matt Brothers uses baby powder to prevent rust.

Sawdust Collection –
Richard Gulley’s tip is to drill holes around the lower and upper sides of a garbage can to let air out when replacing, filling and removing the bag.

Marvin Miller showed a jig he made to cut the right angle needed and a jig for table saw.

Vince Zaccardi had a broken forstner bit that resulted while using drill press preparing a natural edge bowl.

 

November Show and Tell

 

Pictures can also be seen in the Gallery and possibly more (close-ups and other views).

Chris Sautter said he was trying to get his grandkids interested in woodworking. He showed a tool tote he made for one of them. Made of cherry with plywood bottom. Finish poly.
Larry Wendland had a pen and pencil turned from spalted maple. Finish CA.
Richard Gulley used a CNC to make a letter “A” for a birthday gift and a neat push stick.
Geoff Roehm displayed a laminated guitar side and explained he used Vak Bond to do laminating job.
Matt Brothers showed pics of walnut king size bed made for customer. Finish danish oil.
Jim Jolliffe had pic of smoker cart he made of red oak with weeping myrtle handles. It has a fold down counter and 2 draws.
Gary Runyon offered free glue brushes to members.
Vince Zaccardi had a radial arm saw to give away.

Member Activities

Loyd Ackerman and Richard Gulley helped pay the rent this past month. Loyd designed a wooden stair rail to cover the existing rails in the UTSI auditorium. We constructed and attached the rails in Richard’s shop and Jack Kincella did a great job on the finish. The Space Institute has been very generous hosting our monthly meetings. So, in appreciation, we help them with woodworking projects they may have.

Also, two mission style side tables are in the works and will be constructed by Vince Zaccardi and Richard. Jack has volunteered to finish the tables too.

Links of Interest

Free from the Woodworkers Guild of America (must give them your email address) – ten posters you can print for your shop. My favorite is “What I make is for others, how I make it is for me.

https://go.wwgoa.com/a18894/

Carver’s Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday’s of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. 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

Can anyone identify the two components that make up this object?

Thanks to Henry Davis for the following quote – “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low prices is forgotten“. Something worth remembering as we enter gift giving to friends and loved ones (and ourselves.)

That’s all for this month. 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 34 / Issue 11 November 2019

About the November Meeting

The month’s meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 19th at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, room H111. Bill Thompson of Woodline will present the program.

A complete list of scheduled programs can be found on the website.

Greetings

Fall is slipping away fast, but we have one more shop tour scheduled for November 16th. That’s before the regular monthly meeting, so mark it on your social calendar. There’s more info below. I sure hope I can make it. The Pelham/Hillsboro area is a beautiful part of the world.

Looking Back

  • October Program – If you want to make woodworking enjoyable, you need to have sharp tools. Gary Runyan did a great job explaining his process of sharpening plane blades and chisels using Sharpton Waterstones.

Coming Events

  • NOTICE! The next TVW Shop Tour is scheduled for Saturday November 16, 2019. Starting point: We will meet at the Gallery 41 in Pelham, TN for doughnuts and coffee.The address for the Gallery 41: 1778 US Highway 41 Pelham, TN First shop tour: Matt Brothers’ New Shop at 2250 Stephenson Road, Hillsboro, TN Second shop tour: Bill Guffey’s shop at 135 Croft Lane, Hillsboro, TN. *****IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, PLEASE SEND A NOTE TO DOYLE McCONNELL at doyle_mc@charter.net
  • December 14 — Christmas Party — Decherd Nazarene Church. We will be starting the party at 1p.m. It will be pot luck. Club will furnish drinks. We will have an optional gift exchange. Bring a gift and get a ticket to be eligible to receive one.

Annual Club Elections

Elections are not far off. A nominating committee has been appointed to seek out members willing to serve. The strength of our club is largely due to members who are willing to step up and take part in club activities. Update- all positions have nominees except secretary. Please consider supporting our club by making yourself available.

Welcome to Our New Members

Our newest member is Anthony Watts from Beechgrove, TN. Anthony joined at the October meeting.

Tips and Tricks

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Carl Blumenthal told about using toothpicks to allow using stripped hole for screw.

 

Newsletter Vol 34 / Issue 10 October 2019

About the October Meeting

The month’s meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 15th at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, room H111. For the program, Gary Runyan will be discussing plane blade and chisel sharpening using Waterstones.

A complete list of scheduled programs can be found on the website.

Greetings

On our October meeting night, Christmas Eve will be just ten weeks away! If you’re like me – already behind on your holiday to do list, I’ll try and point you to a few free plans in this issue of Splinters. A lot goes into that special gift. It may be a special piece of wood. Maybe some special brass hinges or other hardware. But the thing that makes a gift really special to family or friends is your time. I’ve come to realize that time is the most valuable asset we have. So be sure to put an extra measure of your time in those holiday projects. They’ll be treasured.

Looking Back

  • September Program – Steve Shores presented a great program that will help get us into the Christmas elf spirit. He explained how he made his delicate Christmas ornaments using mostly “homemade” tools..

Coming Events

  • December 14 — Christmas Party — Decherd Nazarene Church, Meal has been changed to lunch and format is covered dish. More details as date approaches

Annual Club Elections

Elections are not far off. A nominating committee has been appointed to seek out members willing to serve. The strength of our club is largely due to members who are willing to step up and take part in club activities.

Little Free Library

The Franklin County Library is seeking for volunteers to build Little Free Library boxes. There was a mix up at last month’s meeting and the library representative didn’t make it. Someone is planning on being there this month, so stay tuned. For inspiration, go to Google Images and search for Little Free Library. Or just click this link..

Welcome to Our New Members

No new members during August.

Tips and Tricks

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Carl Blumenthal brought in some samples and discussed some “special” pants. What made them special was all the extra pockets and storage locations made into the design of the pants. He had purchased the “JobMan” brand pants a few years ago, but now many other companies are making the same design pants. The pants have a storage area for everything that you would want to carry while doing a job. If interested, the web site is www.jobmanusa.com

Fred Heltsley showed a simple way to hold a flashlight. He made a stand out of copper wire to hold the light in any position required. A “third hand” is needed on some jobs.

Vince Zaccardi discussed the method he used to flatten the bottom of a large platter. The platter did not set level. He used a piece of MDF, putting sandpaper on the MDF and moving the project back and forth over the sandpaper to make it flat. A quick way to flatten a project.

 

August Show and Tell

 

Pictures can also be seen in the Gallery and possibly more (close-ups and other views).

  Ken Gould brought two ornamental cherry slices with “burned designs” on the face of the slices. The process he used was the “Fractal Burning” technique to create the design in the wood. He went into detail on how the process works and pointed out the massive dangers of the process, since it deals with very high voltage. (Due to the inherent danger of this process, the Executive Committee of Tennessee Valley Woodworkers is discouraging promotion of the practice at our Club’s meetings, events, and media. See our website for the full statement.).
  John Hartin brought three bowls. One of the bowls had a decorative lid design. The larger lidded bowl was made from cherry and had unique “foot” design. One of the smaller bowls was oak crotch and the other was Magnolia. All were finished with lacquer.
  Doyle McConnell brought a wedding gift salt and pepper mill set. The set was made from spalted maple and finished with gloss lacquer.
  Vince Zaccardi discussed his two cutting boards made from cherry, maple and walnut. They were finished with oil.
  Geoff Roehm brought a beautiful guitar. The woods used were spruce, ebony, mahogany and maple. The back of the guitar was book-matched with a beautiful grain pattern. The inlays were done using CNC. The finish was UV cured polyester. Geoff demonstrated the final product  by playing the instrument.
  Paul Credle brought one of his rocking horses. He discussed the evolution of the design and building process. He also talked about the difficulties he encountered along the process. The material used included white oak and maple. He discussed the importance of painting the bright colors on parts of the horse to attract the attention of the youngsters using the toy. The finish was urethane.
  Steve Shores showed several of his Christmas ornaments while presenting the September program.

Member Activities

If you hear of a club member in the news or perhaps deserving a “Shout Out”, let me know and I’ll post it here.

Links of Interest

Wood magazine listed several free gift projects and construction tips in this month’s issue –

*note – I forgot to mention that you have to register on the site to get the free plans. That’s free too tho.

Carver’s Corner

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday’s of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. 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

I’m sure you all can relate to this and will smile a little.

 

Then say a prayer for those families actually suffering from this awful disease.

That’s all for this month. 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. 33/ Issue 01 January 2018