• Vol 33 / Issue 3
  • March 2018
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

Next Meeting March 20th

The February meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 20th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111.


If “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun” is true, then I must be having a hilarious time. We just finished the Christmas party and now I’m assembling the March newsletter. But I guess that's better than time going slowly and not having any fun at all.

About The March Program

March 20th – Alex Whalen Guitar Craft Academy with luthier Marty Lanham

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

Fall Seminar

This late breaking news on the Fall Seminar. Ronnie Young will be demonstrating the construction of an English Bracket Clock. More information can be found on the Events page.

Membership Information

If you change 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 the current and up-to-date information of all our club members.

Welcome to Our New Members

We had two new members join the club at the February meeting. We welcome Jeremy Price and Gerry Janesek.

Carver's Corner

The Splinter Carvers showed their latest project, the Soaring Eagle with Trout during last month’s Show & Tell. Disproof that things planned and executed by committee can never succeed.

Jim Jolliffe reported that the Carvers sold the Totem Pole at the Cowan Arts and Ales show on 17 February for $1800. Soaring Eagle with trout is complete and located at the Artisan’s Depot in Cowan if folks want to see it there. Feel free to tell your friends!

The Carvers continue to meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop located at 201 Jolliffe Acres Ln, Tullahoma 37388. We have tools and wood, just bring yourself and try your hand at carving!

Show and Tell


We strive to get the right picture associated with the right presenter, but oftentimes it's hard. So speak up when you give your name and we'll try hard to get everything matched up.

John Hartin

Vince Zaccardi brought a natural edge bowl made from pear, not finished. Vince also reminded all to be safe as he told of incident he had not wearing face shield.

Doug Dunlap

Doug Dunlap had a rolling pin he made of walnut and cherry; finish teak oil and lacquer.

John Hartin

John Hartin showed 3 bowls: 1st a tall bowl made of spaulted magnolia, 2nd a natural edge bowl made from ash, 3rd a small bowl also made of spaulted magnolia.

Doug Dunlap

Marvin Miller had a candle holder, a small bowl, and a square bowl which he explained difficulty doing edges. Marvin also had some tools he made to do decorative trim.

Mickey Knowles

Mickey Knowles displayed 3 bowls made from plum finished with sanding sealer and lacquer.

Mickey Knowles

Paul Fulks showed the arrest warrant from King George II that he talked about in history lesson.

Mickey Knowles

Bill Guffey brought a walnut bowl, a bowl made of spaulted maple, and a large bowl made of cherry. All were finished lacquer.

Loyd Ackerman

Loyd Ackerman showed a segmented bowl he made with 12 rings. He explained how he added carving of crown along middle using 3D model with CNC.

Bob Addington

Bob Addington brought Tn. Valley stir sticks (kitchen utensils) of cherry which he made on CNC.

Richard Gulley

Richard Gulley had a number of items. A sign he made on CNC “Sometimes my Train of Thought leaves the station without me”. He had a small decorative heart. A rolling ruler coaster – has a measuring ruler along edge. Richard had a straight edge he purchased from Amazon. Offered stops and cams for work benches.

Ross Roepke

Geoff Roehm brought a ripping fixture used on the table saw to make binding for musical instruments. He also used his wife's guitar to explain a truss rod adjusting tool he had made.

Ross Roepke

Paul Jalbert displayed Girl Scout Community carving being worked on by scouts of troop 2163. He said they will continue to work until finished.

Ross Roepke

Bob Truesdale had a small bowl he made. Also, he showed a moulding plane he made and asked if anyone had information on using planes. He would appreciate any help given.

Ross Roepke

Ross Roepke showed a pretty box he made of cedar. Said he likes working with book matched tops.

Ross Roepke

Jim Jolliffe shared pic of family Christmas projects done with grand kids. Jolliffe family sign with acrylic paint in letters finish with Danish oil. A carving of Chewbacca for one of the grand kids.

Ross Roepke

Dick Wollam showed a carving of a stallion he had completed. Made of walnut with oak stain, 2 coats of rub down shellac and 2 coats of poly.

Ross Roepke

Steve Tracy visiting from West Virginia brought a child's rocker he made using a router and templates. He demonstrated that it was made in pieces and comes apart to become a puzzle to put together. He stated the parts would be painted different colors. He also reminded members of safety we are taught early: keep fingers from moving equipment and never cut a loose knot.

Links of Interest

Any new internet finds? Let me know of any juicy wood related sites you come across and I will share them here.

For Sale/Trade/Give Away

If you have items for sale or trade, let Loyd Ackerman know and he will post to the website list.


Lathe supply tray (This tip submitted by Franklyn Miller)
Make a Tool and Supply Tray for your Lathe Bed

Keep your turning, sanding and finishing tools and supplies close at hand with a custom-built tray. To make the tray use a piece of ½” plywood for the base with a cleat on the bottom side to fit snugly between the lathe bed rails. Band along all four sides of the base 1” taller than the base to prevent your supplies from sliding off. When you're finished your project, simply return the tools and supplies to their normal storage area.
(this tip originated from Penn State Industries)


master control power strip(this tip from Woodsmith eTips)
Since I don't own a tool-actuated vacuum, using a tool with dust collection used to require turning on the tool and bending over to switch on the vacuum. But then I found a "smart" power strip at my local home center. It has master and master-controlled outlets that allow an electronic component and its accessories to be switched on and off together. All you have to do is plug a tool into the master outlet and the vacuum into the master-controlled outlet to create a tool-actuated vacuum.


A request from Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center. Click here to see the request in its entirety.)

On Friday, April 20th, we will be hosting our annual fundraiser featuring live music, dinner, and a silent and live auction at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. All proceeds from this event will go directly to supporting the needs of the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center. The Children’s Advocacy Center has served over 3,450 children who were abused since opening our doors in 2005. Additionally, we have provided prevention education in the schools to over 18,640 children. We are respectfully asking you to consider donating an item for our auction. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Heather Kleinfeld, Prevention Coordinator

Sweeping Up

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting on March 20th.

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

(This funny from May 1991 Popular Woodworking)