• Vol 34 / Issue 08
  • August 2019
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

About the August Meeting

The August meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 20th at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, room H111. For our August program, Allen Hale will will tell us how to fell a tree.

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


August is finally here and the event all woodworkers have been waiting for has finally arrived! The 2019 Tool Sale will be open to the public Saturday, August the 24th at 8:00 am. The location is Decherd Church of the Nazarene Gym.

If you plan on selling, we'll be setting up Friday afternoon/evening. Tables and power (110 vac) will be provided. Bring you own extension cord(s), if needed. We will finalize the setup time at the August meeting. One of the benefits of being a seller is the early bird swap/sell session on Friday.

Looking Back

Coming Events

Annual Dues

Dues are past due. We will be purging the membership listing in August by removing all who have not paid their annual dues.

Welcome to Our New Members

We had two new members at the July meeting. We welcome Roy Anderson for Winchester and Glen Emery from Murfreesboro.

Tips and Tricks

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

In order to streamline the meeting, there were no tips in July.


July Show and Tell


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

Gary Runyon

Gary Runyon showed slides of workbench he built with elm top and ash base. Pics of vises on bench.

Gary Bennett

Gary Bennett displayed 2 small salt and pepper grinders Made with ash, red cedar, and purple heart.

Judy Bennett

Judy Bennett showed a cardinal wreath. Made using walnut, yellow heart cedar, ash, cypress, and mahogany. Finished with deft lacquer.

 Richard Gulley

Richard Gulley had a small boat being made for vacation bible school. Will make 40. The boats will be assembled and painted during craft session.

Fred Heltsley

Fred Heltsley brought a sanding wheel and explained uses.

Ross Roepke

Ross Roepke had a unique table he designed and made.

Links of Interest

Watch free woodworking videos from Woodworking Guild of America’s massive video library. Hours and hours of free projects, insightful instruction and helpful how-to videos!

You can become a site member and access much more content. The cost is $45/yr but somehow, I got on their mailing list and they offered me the first year for $7, then $3.50, $3, and current deal for August is $2.50. If I wait a little longer they may pay me.

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!

July 27th Power Carving Seminar - On Saturday, July 27 the Splinter Carvers conducted a seminar on power carving at Jim Jolliffe's shop. The all-day event was requested by Wood Club members who have an interest in methods of wood carving other than gouges and knives. Jim Jolliffe started the seminar with a demonstration of chain saw carving a bear out of a pine log and explained along the way the methods for laying out a large-scale carving. Jim used a battery powered chain saw with a quarter coin sized bar tip to rough out the bear.

There was some discussion about personal safety equipment and which are appropriate or not for either a gas-powered saw or a battery powered saw.

Darrell Albert followed with demonstrations of many types of wood carving bits that can be used with angle grinders. Darrell demonstrated his tools and techniques on chittum wood burls and brought many finished items to illustrate what is possible. Jim concluded the seminar by showing the smaller power carving devices including reciprocating cutters like the AutoMach and the more common rotary Dremel tools. Seventeen Wood Club members attended the seminar which proved to be a valuable introduction into the craft of power wood carving.

Thanks to the TVW for covering the cost of the refreshments and a hearty Whiskey Trail BBQ lunch!

Sweeping Up

There’s a lot of truth to this funny. But be careful about being too open minded – your brain could leak out!

Be Adjustable


That's all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS!

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