AUGUST MEETING OF TENNESSEE VALLEY WOODWORKERS
There were 62 people in attendance. Bob Leonard called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
VISITORS: There were four guests in attendance and they were Bill Duncan, Bill Davis, David Jacobs, and Dan Wilkinson. We want to welcome to the club as new members Bill Davis and Bill Duncan since they joined after the meeting.
ANNOUCEMENTS: Bob passed around the sign up sheet for the lathe drawing. Karen Kirst joined the club and we welcome her as a new member. Manuel Brown is currently taking Chemo. Carl Smith’s wife passed away this month. B.A. Niles is having trouble getting his medicine regulated. Bob stated that sometimes new members seem to be hesitating to ask questions and he wants them to know that we welcome questions and that "the only stupid question is the never asked". Looking for volunteers to be club officers for next year. We need to have a slate of officers by October. Nametags are available for $5.00 each and may be ordered from Henry Davis. There is a wood turning supposium in Gattlenburg this weekend. Ken Gould said that Benny’s Woodworking was having a big sale on hand tools at cost and 30 % off lots of other items and would extend sale for Tennessee Woodworkers though Saturday of this week.
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.
NEW BUSINESS: Doyle McConnell brought us up to date on the Coffee County Fair. The Fair will be September 14 through the 21st. The club will be set up at Morton Village at the back of the fair grounds, for our demonstrations. We will also have a display area. The booth is approximately 8 foot by 8 foot. Bring your crafts to display September 14 between 9AM until 4 PM. You do not have to pre-register. The club will have a presence there from about 5 PM until 9 PM week days and on Friday and Saturday we will be there all-day and evening. We need scroll saws and lathes for the demonstrations and a sign up sheet was passed around for this. A sheet was also passed around for people to let us know they would have something to display. A sign up sheet was also passed around for volunteers to set with our booth. Loyd Ackerman suggested that it might be a good idea to have a spoke shaving demonstration at the fair. December 6th is the date for the clubs annual Christmas party and we are starting work on it and will supply details, as they become available. The fall seminar will be Saturday October 19th. It will start with coffee at 8 AM and than measuring layouts and proper dimensions. Next a demonstration on making 3-way mortise
joints. Will also have a section on segmented bowl and how to join them. Fourth there will be a demonstration on how to make box joints. If time allows Dean will show how to run a sawmill. The sign up sheet for this seminar will be passed around at the next meeting.
MONTHLY DRAWING: The door prize this month was a set of four C-clamps. It was won by Judy Babb.
SHOW AND TELL: Barbara Keen showed a standing Jewelry box made out of Black Walnut that she and Phil had crafted. Doyle Mc Connell showed a box he had made out of Knotty Pine. He said he had 14 of them to make and he found at Michelle a small box for 98 cents that he was removing the clasp from to be used on his box since they were cheaper than buying the clasps individually for $2 each. He bought 14 of them. He also brought a Red maple bowl that he had turned 1 day and sanded and finished the next day. James Parker showed a table made from a 1985 plan in Fine Woodworking. He used Tongue oil for the finish. Ken Gould brought in a bowl, which was so thin you could see through it. He also made another bowl out of a piece of firewood and asked members if they might know what type of wood it was. He showed a box he made out of scraps of sassafras and cherry from his last project. He also had a scraper he had made out of carbon steel and talked about setting the handle by using heat. Bob Lowrance said he had been to John Campbell’s Folk School with Ernie Mills. He carved a bird out of basswood with acrylic finish. John Mayberry brought in five bowls made of maple, spalted maple, cherry, black Walnut and another cherry one. He used a salad bowl finish on all of them except the Walnut one, so they can be used for edible items. The Walnut bowl had a polyurethane finish. Mary Linsey showed an Indian relief carving she had done in the 80’s and also brought a portrait of her granddaughter done in relief that she is currently working on. David Whyte brought in a jig that he designed and crafted from Black Walnut for making box joints. The jig has a set of 5 inserts to facilitate different dimension joints. He has built the inserts for sizes ¾, 5/8, ½, 3/8, and ¼ inches. He also designed it so you could replace the cutting guide when it got worn and have several of them made up for spares. His fixture has fine adjustment knobs on each end to allow you do get perfect alignment every time. He showed an example of box joints done with this fixture and they fit so tight you would not have to use glue. Not only are Dave’s fixtures functional but they are also a work of art. Bob Reese has made 15 violins already and he brought the back of one that he is restoring. 99% of all violins are made in 2 pieces. He used a hand plane to facilitate getting this joint perfectly straight and he said the other key to getting the edge straight was to have the Knife of the plane extremely sharp. He made a scraper that would scrap from end to end and be square through out the length. This scraper has made a job that originally took 90 minutes now take only 10 minutes. Loyd Ackerman brought in a Walnut bowl that he turned without letting it dry for the finish turning. He also showed a natural edge Walnut bowl and a square shallow bowl made out of red heart bought from Benny’s. He also made a computer desk and brought in the picture of it. Ross Roepke made a mantle for the church and he made a special jig for hand sawing to facilitate the mantle being straight.
He made another jig for keeping saw cuts straight on the table saw. Bill Knight brought in a Sassafras bowl he turned and a Sassafras bowl with a lid and a Walnut and Box Elder bowl with a Sassafras lid. He also showed a Plate out of Swamp Maple and a Plate out of cherry with lacquer finishes. Tom Gillard bought another sailboat and the rudder was broke so he decided to make a replacement. The replacements mounting holes were made utilizing a ½ inch hole filled with a mix of graphite and epoxy and that drill to the needed ¼ inch size. He did this to prevent the wood from splitting with use were the hole is.
PROGRAM: Tom Cowan was the presenter. Through type case joints have a lot of interlocking strength and were used in early times. Old timers did not have available to them all the different types of fasteners available today. The dove tail making was done by the apprentices since it was repetitive and would free the Master up for other tasks. Since dovetails require accuracy and precision it was also a good training task for the future woodworkers. There are many machines that can made dove tails now days but hand cut dove tails represent the time and skill of the craftsman. Through type dovetails were used in early chests and furniture. Half-blind dovetail is one that does not go all the way through the wood. To make dovetails you should have a good marking gauge for the layout work since it is the most precise way to mark them and later the line is used for placement of the chisel. The T-bevel gauge is also needed for dove tail layout. Tom sets his for about 12 degrees; the degrees you chose are a matter of choice. You also need a square and a razor sharp chisel. He uses long shank chisels. He grides a shallow bevel chisel to use for doing the clean up of corners. You also need a mallet and a fine pencil; his is a .05 Pentel. He makes pencil line first and than uses the marking gauge. You also will need a dove tail saw, which is designed specifically for dove tail work. He will use a scroll to remove most of the wood but uses chisel for the last final wood removal. He cuts his pins first but depends on what works best for you. He does this since for him it is easier to make tails fit the pins. You must set the marking gauge exactly the thickness of the wood you are using, then scribe all the way around the wood piece. Put the wood in a vice and lay top of pins out on one side and then do the other side. Scribe a reference line and stay proud of line. He lays one out in middle of board and then keeps dividing right and left. He leaves 1/32 of a inch and then at end pares this with chisel. Clamp piece on top that is square and this gives you a fence to use for your chisel. For the tails scribe the lines on both sides of work piece. Line up the pins on tails and mark with the pencil and then scribe and cut tails to fit the pins. Making your own hand cut dovetails helps to raise your skill level because of the accuracy needed.