• Vol 34 / Issue 02
  • February 2019
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

About February Meeting

The February meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 19th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111. The February program will feature Matt Brothers sharing his expertise in furniture making and antique repair. This is one you don't want to miss.

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


As I begin this newsletter, even though it’s cold outside, spring is in the air. I can look out my window from the computer room and see two brave daffodils. Day lilies and hostas are peeking out of the ground, too. Maybe that groundhog was right. BTW, the first official day of spring is less than forty days away. Time to go to the shop!

Looking Back

Coming Events

Welcome to Our New Members

No new members reported at the January meeting.

Annual Dues

Dues are due. The club continues to hold the line on inflation. Without a doubt, the best deal in the mid-state.


February Show and Tell


Pictures can be seen in the online newsletter and possibly more (close-ups and other views) on the Club Gallery. Speaking of the Gallery, I cleaned up the Show & Tell section a bit. The photos are now grouped by year, then by month. That should make finding what you’re hunting for quicker and easier.

BTW, at the Executive meeting, we discussed how we might get the info for Show & Tell without the secretary having to right everything down on the fly. It was suggested each presenter provide a written note that listed the person’s name, the item description, material, and finish (also any other comments you might wish to provide.) Eventually, we’ll have forms available at the meeting. Now on the Show & Tell

Darrell Albert

Darrell Albert displayed a unique bowl made from chittum burl carved using power tools. Finish is walnut oil and wax.

Karen Browning

Karen Browning had a bowl of spalted maple with lacquer finish.

Jim Jolliffe

Jim Jolliffe showed a bark house made of cottonwood with liquid finishing wax. Made for a friend. He also had a beautiful carving, Chief Running Bear made of wormy butternut. It has a lot of detail. Finish is tung oil, a little paint, and 3 coats of semi-gloss lacquer.

 Mickey Knowles

Mickey Knowles had 2 nice bowls of maple wood. Finish sanding sealer and lacquer.

Marvin Miller

Marvin Miller brought 2 nice pendants he made. He explained how he was able to make these small pieces.

Vince Zaccardi

Vince Zaccardi displayed a bowl of unknown wood finished with lacquer. He showed a nice size piece of slab that looks cool he got from Richard Gulley. He also had a broken bowl that is in pieces. He showed pictures of a hole in ceiling and one of a piece of the bowl sticking in the ceiling. He told how the bowl exploded while on the lathe as he increased the speed. He cautioned all on proper speed and safety equipment.

Richard Gulley

Richard Gulley showed another station of cross made on CNC for church. He told that the bronze finish look was from using honey brown stain on the poplar which had a green color. Jack Kincella is helping by finishing. Richard also showed a spoon his grandson, Jacob Oliver, carved. It was his first attempt at spoon carving and used a pocket knife for most of the work. Made of maple.

Links of Interest

I’ve got several quick tips that I’ve come across over the past few weeks. The online version will have active links, as will the PDF version I email out.

 The first is from Woodsmith. A quick video about making long lasting sanding strips.

Next, a great article from the WOOD website about organizing your shop and keeping it that way. A lot of solid advice. (I started a box to put stuff in I seldom or never use. You’ll see most or all of the stuff at the Fall Tool Sale.)

 Finally, Tom Gillard sent me this link to a graphic that was just too tall to put into the newsletter and still be able to read it. It shows 52 types of wood and where they come from.

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!

Special Thanks

I want to take the time to thank several club members for assisting me with the Stations of the Cross project I did for Christ the King Anglican Church in Decherd.

First Dean Lutes not only found  a source of 2” poplar, he drove me to Chattanooga to pick it up in his trailer.

Then Jack Kincella put in a lot of time (and talent) to finish the fourteen carvings. He also put in a lot of hours and miles picking up and delivering each week.

Finally, Vince Zaccardi and Paul Jalbert joined us on the 5th of February to install all 14 carvings. We completed the job in about three hours.

Just like Doyle implied in during last month’s meeting, the best things about the woodworking club is the high caliber of people you meet. Outside the club, I would have probably never met any of these gentlemen. Again, thank you all.

Stations of the Cross install

Sweeping Up

A Funny sent by Pete Miller.

Measure Twice - Cut Once


A couple more t-shirts any woodworker would be proud to wear.

My Plane T-shirtThinkink About Woodworking

Finally, if everything in your world is going right and there’s nothing at all that is causing you to feel disheartened or sad, Tom Gillard sends you this-

Splinter under fingernail