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Newsletter Vol 39 / Issue 05

Greetings

Well, I’m finally experiencing one of my recurring fears – I forgot about the newsletter! I could list all my excuses (and a few or them are pretty good,) but in the end fact remains; I forgot the newsletter. But it could have been worse. It could have been 6:30 pm on Tuesday the 21st before I remembered. So maybe all is not lost. It’s now Sunday morning on the 19th. I started this late last night, so I’m confident you’ll receive something that resembles a newsletter before the meeting night.

Now let’s hurry and get started with SPLINTERS.

April Meeting

The program for April 16 will be Shop Tips and Tricks by Goeff Roehm, Gary Runyon and Jim Jolliffe

May Meeting

We will be having Social Hour this month on the 21st.

 April 2024 Show & Tell

Rick Laws brought in resin from Starbond, liquid dyes for a translucent effect or Mica color powder for an opaque look. He also brought in 4 cups/vases which he had turned using Privet and Tea Olive wood. Both were finished with poly. Pic1

Matt Brothers showed us 3 completed projects: a cedar-lined Hope chest, a jewelry box, and a 9-drawer Chest of Drawers. All were made from Quarter-Sawn White Oak and finished with Lacquer. The Hope Chest and Jewelry box had inlay on the top. Hope chest – (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6), Chest of drawers- (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5), Jewelry chest- (Pic1, Pic2)

Jim Jolliffe carved and painted a Jester and a Viking. Both were made with Basswood and finished with BLO and acrylic paints. Jim also showed us a Liquor Chest commissioned by a friend and designed to fit into a closet. It was made using plywood back, sides and drawers secured with Kreg screws and glue.  He used cherry for the face frame, drawer fronts and top and finished the cherry with Danish Oil. Chest- (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3. Pic4)

Peter Hunter showed us his latest 3D CNC carving of his wife’s profile. He used Eastern White pine and it was left unfinished.

Richard Gulley brought a 3D CNC carved church plaque of Christ’s ascension made from Poplar and finished with 2 coats of amber shellac. He used a stain to add definition. Additionally, he showed us 2 rattlebacks which he made.

Gary Runyon displayed a Round Bottom Hand plane which was made by Paul Pitts using Poplar.

Carvers – See the results from the Roger Stegall Carving Seminar

Internet Links of Interest

I’ve been downloading some new fonts lately. Here is a free source I like –

https://www.1001fonts.com/

Many fonts have a lot of extra characters (glyphs), but you have to have a character map program to access them. Windows has a program, but here’s one that’s easier to use –

https://apps.microsoft.com/detail/9wzdncrdxf41?hl=en-us&gl=US

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

Here’s some funnies you might like-

I chose these two because the guy reminded me of Sam Clark.

    

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@retiree.utk.edu .)

Newsletter Vol 39 / Issue 04

Greetings

My wife and I spent Monday afternoon waiting for the eclipse to put us in the dark. We were sorely disappointed. At best things just dimmed a little. Sigh. I think I stay in the dark a lot without an eclipse. And it definitely comes around more often and lasts more than a few minutes.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

March Meeting

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

April Meeting

The program for April 16 will be Shop Tips and Tricks by Goeff Roehm, Gary Runyon and Jim Jolliffe

March 2024 Show & Tell

 Joe Ferraro brought 2 Bowls: One was made from Spalted Maple, and other from Ambrosia Maple. Both were finished with Lacquer.

Sam Clark showed us his bowls made from Spalted Hackberry finished with Water Lox, a Cherry bowl finished with Lacquer, and a Cherry platter finished with Odie’s Oil.

Rick Laws brought an old school bow saw from Walnut. He finished it with Polyurethane.

Dayle Mathis displayed his Box Elder bowl finished in Wax.

Darren Earle showed us an unfinished Rattleback made from Bronze.

Tony Murphy made a bar stool from Walnut and Cherry. For a finish he used Oil/Varnish. He also showed us a Baltic Birch jig used for the chair.

Billy Tiller brought in a toolbox and a mallet. He used Pine, Oak, Cherry, and Maple and used a 3-part finish of Oil, Shellac, and Varnish.

Vince Zaccardi turned a Cherry and Epoxy bowl which was unfinished.

Richard Gulley showed us his 1st ever carving along with several others, and a rebuilt plane.

Mystery Show & Tell Someone showed two bowls and neither Vince nor I could remember who brought them. Looking forward to identifying them.

Internet Links of Interest

In support of our April program, here are a few Tips and Tricks links-

https://www.instructables.com/10-Woodworking-Tricks-the-Pros-Use/

And two YouTube Videos –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDAuqLUZ_vY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq2u-Pp-_c0

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!

We’re hoping to see results from the Roger Stegall Carving Seminar at the April Show N Tell.

Sweeping Up

Here’s some funnies to brighten your day-

   

Submissions to the newsletter are more than welcomed. Send funnies, tips, or other content that may be of interest and you may see it in a future edition of SPLINTERS.

Newsletter Vol 39 / Issue 03

Greetings

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

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

February Meeting

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

March Meeting

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

March 2024 Show & Tell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internet Links of Interest

How about some free woodworking plans from WOODSMITH?

https://www.woodsmithplans.com/free-plans/?units=uscs&per_page=12&page=2

Carver’s Corner

The Splinter Carvers continue to meet first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (whether Jim’s there or not).  The shop is located at 201 Jolliffe Acres Ln, Tullahoma. Tools and wood are available at the meetings, just bring yourself and try your hand at carving!

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

Sweeping Up

Here’s some funnies to brighten your day-

Submissions to the newsletter are more than welcomed. Send funnies, tips, or other content that may be of interest and you may see it in a future edition of SPLINTERS.

Newsletter Information

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

Newsletter Vol 39 / Issue 01

Greetings

It’s a new year and carries with it possibilities and potential. My New Year’s resolution is to maintain my machinery better and to keep the shop cleaner.

I’ve also resolved to lose ten pounds by mid May (my birthday.) So far, I just have fifteen pounds to go.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

December Meeting

Our December meeting was Super Show & Tell. And you guys really stepped up and made it SUPER!

The Christmas Luncheon was held on Dec 2nd at a new location. This year we met at St Barbabas Episcopal Church located at 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. Thanks to our president for arranging the facility. There are pictures from the luncheon in the Club Events Gallery.

 2024 Officers

Officers for 2024 were presented and approved. They are: Jim Jolliffe, President; Gary Runyon, Vice President; Darren Earle, Treasurer; Teri Smith, Secretary; Richard Gulley, Newsletter Editor; Chuck Taylor, Membership; Christian Carroll, Publicity.

January Meeting

For the January meeting Gary Runyan and Geoff Roehm will present ideas for Tips, Tricks and Jigs.

Upcoming Events

February 20th – Sam Clark – Dust Collection Solutions

December 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in December’s Super Show & Tell. And man was it SUPER!

Matt Brothers made 2 single porch chairs and a Settee Garden bench with an intricate cris-cross back. All were from mahogany and finished with Teak Oil and Lacquer. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6, Pic7, Pic8, Pic9, Pic10, Pic11, Pic12, Pic13)

Jim Jolliffe presented the Grinch which was carved from Basswood and finished with acrylics, stain and ultra-matte finish by Vladimir Davydov.

Jim then showed three of his pieces.  He showed a carved basswood Santa with removable toys (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6, Pic7, Pic8, Pic9, Pic10), and a tall-hatted Christmas Gnome which had a bell carved on the hat tip. He used Basswood, BLO, acrylic paint and matte lacquer for both.  He also showed a carved cottonwood bark snowman ornament finished with acrylic paints and matte lacquer.

Richard Gavagni showed 2 walking sticks he made. On one he added glow-in-the-dark resin which acts like reflectors. He also made a Christmas tree with bells, and 2 gnomes.

Chris Sautter made clipboards as Christmas presents for his family and kept one for himself. The wood types he used was maple, cherry and oak, then finished with oil. The clip was attached with Chicago screws.

Mickey Knowles turned 2 bowls from blanks left over from the Turning Bee. Both were from the same maple tree, but one looked spalted and one not. The spalted bowl had a live edge and had been stored in a bag for months.

Dennis Rumer used pine scraps to make mini-pallet coasters. He also turned 2 Walnut and 2 Bocote bottle stoppers which were finished with hand poly and Minwax.

Karen Browning showed us 4 turned bowls of various wood and finished with Odie’s Oil. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3)

Jeremy Price showed us 3 bowls he turned using Maple, Beech, and Walnut. All were finished with Odie’s Oil.

Larry Wendland showed 2 boxes he made. The Walnut one had a mirror. The Oak one had old barn wood around the 4 sides. He finished both boxes with lacquer.

Brenda Zuccaro displayed scroll saw ornaments from thin Mahogany including a Santa face. She also showed several turned ornaments made from Cherry and Walnut. These were all finished with poly.

Michael Zuccaro showed us a guitar he was working on which will be finished with French Polish. He used hand sawn Mahogany, Rosewood and Sitka Spruce.

Paul Whalen made an octagon Kitchen Table from Oak which he finished with clear Epoxy and Poly. He embedded pictures and favorite Bible verses of each family member on burned edge placards. (Pic1, Pic2)

Anthony Watts presented his first carving, a Santa, from Basswood. It was finished with acrylic paint and satin lacquer.

Darrell Albert displayed 3 carved dished made from Chittum Burl and finished with Walnut Oil and Wax. (Pic1, Pic2}

Chuck Taylor showed us his “Clobber” game board. He used 2 pieces of plywood with an oak frame. He chose satin lacquer and paint to finish.

Gary Runyon handmade 4 planes. For the jack plane he used Hickory, the block plane was from Maple, and the 2 finger planes were from Curly Maple. His Shoulder plane was made with Texas Ebony and Bloodwood. The spokeshave he brought was made from Apple and Mesquite. The shop knives he made from Pigeon wood and Curly Maple. (Pic1, Pic2) All were finished with Minwax Antique Oil.

Gary also brought in Piggy No Wiggly Glue with instructions describing how to make it. Gary confessed he had not tried using or making the glue but that it worked much like hide glue but had a longer “open” time of approximately 20 minutes.

Vince Zaccardi turned a Walnut platter finished with Precat Lacquer. His Mallee Burl was finished with Danish Oil. He also showed a saltshaker from Ambrosia Maple which he finished with Shelwax.

Internet Links of Interest

In recognition of Tips n Tricks night, here’s a simple tip I saw while perusing the Net…

Keep baby wipes around. Yes! You read that right!

Use them for everything – to wipe off extra wood glue, clean up paint drips and even wipe down tools!

And bonus, if you ever forget to close the lid and they dry out, they make excellent lint-free cloths and you can use them for staining projects and wipe down sanding dust too!

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

Here’s some funnies to brighten your day-

Submissions to the newsletter are more than welcomed. Send funnies, tips, or other content that may be of interest and you may see it in a future edition of SPLINTERS.

Newsletter Information

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

 

 

Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 12

Greetings

O my! Another December is here and another year is almost gone.  I’m sure most of you jolly elves have been in your shops making the chips fly. We’d like to see some of your work at our December Super Show n Tell.

On a sadder note, we’ve lost several members this year. The latest is Ken Jordan and we’d like to extend our condolences to his family. He was a talented craftsman. Other members who have passed this year are Ross Roepke and Jerry Hitchcock.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

November Meeting

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

December Meeting

Our December meeting will be a Super Show & Tell. Really, it’s just a regular Show & Tell. It’s up to us to make it SUPER!

The Christmas Luncheon was held on Dec 2nd at a new location. This year we met at St Barbabas Episcopal Church located at 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. Thanks to our president for arranging the facility. Episcopal Church located at 110 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma. Thanks to our president for arranging the facility. There are pictures from the luncheon in the Club Events Gallery.

Upcoming Events

January 16th   Gary Runyon – Tips, Tricks and Jigs

February 20th – Sam Clark – Dust Collection Solutions

November 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in November meeting.

Geoff Roehm showed a custom dust collection system he built for his shop using the motor from a Harbor Freight Dust Collection System.  He is using a HEPA filter to catch the dust as the system needs to remain in his shop due to temperature and humidity requirements for his instrument making.  Pictures probably not in the order presented. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5, Pic6, Pic7, Pic8, Pic9, Pic10, Pic11 )

From Vladimir Davydov’s Carving Seminar: Win Phipps, Dan Buholzer, Vince Zaccardi, Paul Jalbert, and Jim Jolliffe showed their Basswood Bald Eagle head relief carvings.  Win painted his with acrylic paint.  Other students who couldn’t make the meeting included Allen Odell and new TVW members Holly Creasy and Dan Seymour.

Gary Runyon showed 2 turned bowls.  One from Curly Maple, and one from Curly/Spalted Maple. Both were finished with Dr. Woodshop.

Win Phipps carved a multi-piece, Nativity scene out of Basswood finished with acrylic paints and minwax. He also brought a carved “Father Christmas” from Rich Wetherbee’s October Seminar.  He also brought a box of Christmas ornaments, all carved from basswood and finished with acrylic paints and minwax. (Pic1)

Vince Zaccardi turned a bowl from Red Oak, finished with Precat Lacquer. He also showed us a display plate turned from Ambrosia Maple, which he finished with oil.

Teri Smith brought an Intarsia Gold Fish made from Poplar and finished with acrylic paint Spray Lacquer.

Karen Browning brought 3 turned bowls and 3 cutting boards made from various woods and using various finishes. (Pic1, Pic2, Pic3)

Chuck Taylor made 2 scroll sawed Name Placards (Pic1, Pic2) (he’s working on an entire 5th Grade Class!), a Tic-Tac-Toe set and 3 turned coasters.

Visiting professional woodcarver Vladimir Davydov showed two relief carvings he is working on.  One was a wolf with the moon and trees out of live edge basswood carved during his Nov 11th demonstration at Jim Jolliffe’s shop.  The other was a Grinch bust carved in basswood during his Nov 19th demonstration at the Hands-On Science Center.  He will add stain then apply acrylic paint and ultra-matte spray finish to both carvings.

Internet Links of Interest

First, we’ll continue our look at hand tools.

Our favorite hand tools | Wood (woodmagazine.com)

Next, here’s a look at favorite tool from folk who test and work with them every day.

Tools We Can’t Live Without | Wood (woodmagazine.com)

(I realize I’ve been using a lot of links from WOOD magazine lately. There’s a reason – Their website is a treasure chest of woodworking information.

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

Let’s take a look at Common Sense. It seems it’s not all that common.

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@retiree.utk.edu .)

Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 11

Greetings

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

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

October Meeting

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

November Meeting

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

Upcoming Events

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

October 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in October meeting.

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

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

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

Richard Gulley brought many Christmas ornaments made with his CNC and Laser Engraver. He used different types of Plywood and finished with spray Lacquer. He also showed a variety of nameplates referencing different names for Jesus in the bible that were engraved into individual ornaments of different hardwoods.  All were finished with spray Lacquer. He included the scripture reference for each name.
(Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4, Pic5)

Internet Links of Interest

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

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 38 / Issue 10

Greetings

As we move into the Fall season, I’m sure woodworkers are spending more time in the shop. This would be a good month to bring in Show & Tell.

Also bring your checkbook or the one who carries the family checkbook. We’ll be auctioning off a lot of smalls from the recent donation to the club.

Before we move into the newsletter, let me take a moment to be serious (not my usual mode of operation.) I would ask all of you that know the value of prayer to lift up the nation of Israel. What the country has suffered in past days is almost beyond comprehension. The path forward Israel has chosen will not be easy for the world to see, but the pure evil that they have experienced must end.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

 September Meeting

Anthony Watts presented a great program on his method of constructing Shaker boxes. He brought many examples of his work for the club to see.

October Meeting

We will conclude the auction at the regular meeting. There’s still a plethora of items to be sold.

Upcoming Events

-October 21-22 Rich Wetherbee’s Carving seminar. Cost is $170 plus roughouts $30-$40. Lunch will be provided both days. Contact Jim if you plan to attend.

-The Tool and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Oct 28th at St Barnabas Episcopal Church. It slipped one week due to Rich Wetherbee’s carving seminar on 21-22 Oct.

-The Club is looking for a black locust tree to support a repair at Falls Mill.

 September 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in September.

Micky Knowles brought in a walnut bowl finished with Ser and Lacquer Sanding Sealer and Lacquer.

Gary Runyon made 2 Sliding Lid Boxes of Chittum wood and Walnut, fished with Minwax Antique Oil.

Chris Sautter presented 4 turned bowls: Two were Maple, two Spalted Box Elder. They were finished with Oil and Bees Wax. Chris noted that the spalted Box Elder tree belongs to his neighbor and we may consider harvesting some/all of the wood when he decides to fell the tree.

Vince Zaccardi brought in 4 bowls made of: Leyland Cyprus, Oak, Red Oak, Maple. The Red Oak and Oak were finished in Lacquer.

Jim Jolliffe showed us a carved Love Spoon out of Cherry which he finished with Rattle Can Lacquer. (Pic1, Pic2)

Internet Links of Interest

Most of my work the last few weeks has involved laser engraving/cutting. But recently I saw this article on using a drag knife with a CNC. I probably won’t try it soon, but maybe someday.

This page discusses different methods of holding down your work on a CNC. The method using wedges could be implemented on a workbench.

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!

Carving Seminar with Rich Wetherbee, member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA) October 21-22 8:30a-4:30p NOW FREE (a $200 value) to club members for the instruction and one roughout! Class size is up to 12 students.  Please come try it as we have all the tools you need and now have a nationally recognized instructor!  Contact Jim Jolliffe at jim.jolliffe@icloud.com or call 937.545.9135 to sign up.

Sweeping Up

Some woodworking pics you might like.

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 38 / Issue 09

Greetings

On September 19th several of our members met to tour the Sam Werner Military Museum in Monteagle. Five of us met in Cowan at Paw Paw’s Country Restaurant for breakfast. I thought we were going to have a small crowd for the tour. However, when we got to the museum, a larger group of woodworkers were waiting for us. We ended up with 10-13 maybe. Evidently, none of us are picture takers, for we didn’t get any pictures of the group. Most of us took pictures of the display items but not of each other.

The tour guide, Parker Lowndes, was very knowledgeable on all the equipment and displays. And there was a lot of it. There may be a couple projects our club can help the museum with in the future. More on that as it develops.

I would encourage everyone to take your families to tour the museum. There’s a heavy focus on local history such as Camp Harris and many local veterans have donated items. It’s something all our children should see.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

August Meeting

I think I owe most our woodworkers an apology. I consider most woodworkers to be extremely frugal (cheap.) That includes me. But for the August auction you busted the piggy bank, raided the cookie jar, and dipped into the egg money. I’ve always heard “money can’t buy happiness.” But it can buy tools and that’s REAL close to the same thing. There were a lot of smiling faces leaving the meeting. I’m sure Jim will give us a total sales report at the next meeting.

September Meeting

Anthony Watts will be our presenter for the September meeting. He will demonstrate how he constructs Shaker boxes. This is no “one size fits all” program. There’s bound to be a box just the right size for you.

 Upcoming Events

-September 23rd Club picnic at Falls Mill 11am-2pm. Meat and drinks provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

-October 7-8 Tim’s Ford Heritage Days. Details coming.

-October 17 – We will conclude the auction at the regular meeting. There’s still a plethora of items to be sold.

-October 21-22 Rich Wetherbee’s Carving seminar. Cost is $170 plus roughouts $30-$40. Lunch will be provided both days. Contact Jim if you plan to attend.

-The Tool and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Oct 28th at St Barnabas Episcopal Church. It slipped one week due to Rich Wetherbee’s carving seminar on 21-22 Oct.

-The Club is looking for a black locust tree to support a repair at Falls Mill.

August 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in August.

Micky Knowles brought in 2 highly figured/spalted walnut nesting bowls finished with Sanding Sealer Lacquer, and a Hummingbird “Condo” House made of Ironwood with the same finish for the auction.

Ken Burgess carved a Bark House “in-the-round” from Cotton Wood Bark, finished with MinWax, which was also auction item. (Pic1, Pic2)

Richard Gavagni was inspired by a recent program and made Native flutes finished with poly.

Richard Gulley showed us a Laser Engraved slate coaster with “Try that in a Small Town.”

Ken Gould brought in a Walnut and Steel end table finished with resin and three resin castings.

Gary Runyon made a Walnut Sliding Top Box and 2 threaded boxes for the auction, made from Hickory and Chittum, respectively.

Internet Links of Interest

A link for finishing with shellac-

Applying a Shellac Finish | Wood (woodmagazine.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!

Note: Woodcarver Rich Wetherbee will lead a Caricature Carving seminar at Jim Jolliffe’s shop October 21st and 22nd from 8:30 – 4:30 each day.  Cost is $170 plus roughouts ($30-$40 each).  Lunch will be provided both days. Please let Jim know if you want to sign up.

Sweeping Up

Some more funnies that may give you a chuckle.

   

       

Newsletter Vol 38 / Issue 08

Greetings

The August meeting promises to be a real barnburner. The auction always turns out to be a big deal, but this one is going to be a BIG DEAL! Watch for emails explain how some of the items can be viewed before the sale.

We’ll also be finalizing the tour to the Military Museum. We have to set the timetable and breakfast location.

Now let’s get started with SPLINTERS.

July 2023 Meeting

Paul Jalbert presented his entry for the 2 X 4 Challenge. Use a regular 2x4x8 and create something in a month’s time using as much wood as possible. Paul created a 1/48th scale model Martin JRM-3 Mars Seaplane. Then he added a twist by characterizing the nose and wingtips of the plane to look like a pelican with flying cap and googles.

 August Meeting

The August meeting will be the annual club auction. Be sure to bring cash, a good check, or a banker in good standing who will vouch for you. There will be wood bundles, tools large and small for sale to the highest bidder. We also ask members to bring items for sale, especially work you have created.

Upcoming Events

-The Club has a field trip scheduled to visit the Military Museum on August 19. Museum is located at: 1148 Main St. Monteagle. There are a couple options for breakfast. That decision will be made at the August meeting.

-September 23rd Club picnic at Falls Mill 11am-2pm. Meat and drinks provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

-October 7-8 Tim’s Ford Heritage Days. Details coming.

-October 21-22 Rich Wetherbee’s Carving seminar. Cost is $170 plus roughouts $30-$40. Lunch will be provided both days. Contact Jim if you plan to attend.

-The Tool and Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Oct 28th at St Barnabas Episcopal Church. It slipped one week due to Rich Wetherbee’s carving seminar on 21-22 Oct.

-The Club is looking for a black locust tree to support a repair at Falls Mill.

July 2023 Show & Tell

Here are the items that were shown in July

Gary Runyon started us off with a small bowl which he turned from curly black walnut.

Dennis Rumer brought in a paper towel holder out of Walnut and his very first bowl turned from Purple Heart. Both were finished with poly.

John Hartin brought in a walnut goblet and used it as an example of how to apply the ‘Rule of Thirds” to your designs.

Vince Zaccardi turned a walnut plate finished with oil. Then showed us a rough turned piece of live edge hickory after it had been in a bag for several months. The live edge had separated from the bowl and although it didn’t break, it was severally twisted.

Internet Links of Interest

Looking for some free woodworking plans? They’re as close as a Google search. Most of the major woodworking magazine sites have freebies. Here’s some that Wood Magazine has to offer –

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

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!

Note: Woodcarver Rich Wetherbee will lead a Caricature Carving seminar at Jim Jolliffe’s shop October 21st and 22nd from 8:30 – 4:30 each day.  Cost is $170 plus roughouts ($30-$40 each).  Lunch will be provided both days. Please let Jim know if you want to sign up.

Sweeping Up

I found several funnies this month that may give you a chuckle.

And finally, a little something for our field trip on the 19th – 

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.