June Meeting of Tennessee Valley Woodworkers


There were approximately 57 were in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Bob Leonard.

VISITORS: We had one guest Bobby Franklin of Winchester.

ANNOUCEMENTS: The picnic will be at 5:00 PM at Falls Mill Saturday. The sign up sheet for the picnic was passed around. Bring your own chairs and a covered dish, the meat and drinks will be provided by the club. There will be an auction and members should bring articles they want to auction off and proceeds will go to the club. Loyd Ackerman announced that he had a trailer of walnut for turning free to anyone who could use it. It was noted that Tom Cowan had retired from Duck River Electric. Next month Maurice Ryan will be responsible for refreshments. B.A. Niles was at hospital to get his heart medicine adjusted. David just got out of hospital after having a bout with pneumonia. Hugh Hurst has a Jet lathe, bass boat, and joiner for sale. Henry Davis announced that anyone that wanted nametags should see him after the meeting.

OLD BUSINESS: Bob Leonard said that by laws and the constitution was ready with the changes and had to be signed. They were signed and signatures witnessed by charter members.

NEW BUSINESS: Tom Cowan will have the turning bee at his house on July 6th starting at 8:00AM. Those attending need to bring a brown bag lunch. Also those that have power-sanding equipment are asked to bring it. Bring lawn chairs and safety glasses. Ken Gould committee for the fall seminar will meet at 4:00 before Picnic on Saturday at Falls Mill. The Lathe drawing sheet was passed around for members to sign.

MONTHLY DRAWING: The drawing was for a drill bit set and was won by Andy Weaver.

SHOW AND TELL: Hugh Hurst brought in a turned lamp and also a cherry bowl. Bob Reese did a design for a friend of his wife’s with the scroll saw. Jim Van Cleave brought in 2 jewelry boxes made out of Cherry and Black Walnut, one of which had leaves carved on front and sides. Henry Davis showed 2 walnut bowls; one, which was a natural edge bowl and the other, had been sanded with 600-grit paper and waxed. The natural edge one had an oil finish. He also showed a Chinese chestnut bowl he had turned but the grain was breaking out of it and he did not know if this was characteristic of this type of wood or not. Bob Lenard brought a number 1 shaker box with Birdseye maple veneer glued to plywood. Phil Bishop brought pictures of his shelf brackets and a brochure showing the bottom he built for an antique piece.

SAFETY: Ken Gould showed a 12 inch tool rest that had broke. It happened when he was trying to turn a large bowl working the end grain. The end grain caught and brought the cast iron tool rest. Tommy Thompson had a table saw accident, which caused his tendons and nerves to be cut in his hand. He had 1000 microscopic stitches. He shut off the saw but leaned over it to get something and saw cut him and pulled his had into it when the motor was winding down.

PROGRAM: Ray Cole gave the presentation on cabinetry. He makes frame-less cabinet, which are cabinets that you see very little framework. He assembles the cabinets with almost 100% pocket screws and glue. He uses Marlite in bottom of all his drawers and he slides it in dados on front and sides and secures with screw at back. He dovetails all his drawers. He also puts Marlite in bottom of cabinet under sink and caulks around all pipes to seal it. This makes any water leak to come out of cabinet instead of soaking and rotting wood. Ray uses full extension rollouts for his drawers and Euro hinges for his doors. He makes rollout drawers removable. Most of his cabinets are made 99% with oak including facers since Bass wood cost just as much as oak. Ray makes all his own molding and customers now want molded type doors instead of raised panels. He has a special machine that puts a dovetail joint to hold frame together. Using it both sides are drawn up tight. Ray makes all his fronts of cabinets including drawers flush so nothing can spill on them since counters over hang the cabinets. Lacquer is his finish of choice. He uses 2 coats of sanding sealer and than 5 to 7 coats of finish lacquer. He does not use any particleboard in his cabinets. All his drawer sides are made out of popular.