SEPTEMBER MEETING OF TENNESSEE VALLEY WOODWORKERS
There were 66 people in attendance. Bob Leonard called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
VISITORS: There were two guests in attendance and they were Bob Beswetherick and Vicki Eslick.
ANNOUCEMENTS: Bob passed around sign up sheet for the Christmas door prize. Bob Leonard said that we had received a thank-you card from Carl Smith for the donation the club made in his wive’s name to the National Cancer Society. Bob said the Coffee county fair is going on. The club has both a booth and tent set up. The club’s woodcraft display booth is short on items in the exhibit building. Anyone that has any items they would like display please bring them since there is plenty of room. When you come in the fair gate tell them you are with the Tennessee Woodworkers so that you will not have to pay to get in. Doyle McConnell has about 20 free passes for getting into the fair, see him if you want one. The items exhibited must be remove on Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. The tent will be taken down at that time also. Ken Gould announced that the fall seminar will be October 19th at Dean’s Shop. It will be on joinery and the agenda is: 8:00 A. M. coffee, 8:30 measurements and layouts, 9:00 Dean will demonstrate machine mortises, after lunch John will show how to do a segmented bowl, Dave Whyte will demonstrate how to make box joints and Tom Cowan will demonstrate how to make hand made dove tails. Andy will demonstrate his sawmill and the seminar should be over between 3:30 – 4:00. Lunch will be chili and will be covered by the $20.00 fee charged for the seminar. Ken asked the seminar committee to meet for 5 minutes during break. Hugh Hurst announced that the Christmas party would be December 6th. The club will not furnish the meat this year so keep that in mind when you are planning your covered dishes. Club will supply coffee and cups and napkins. There will be music and door prizes. Hugh will passed around a sign up sheet for those interested in being on the Christmas party committee and it will meet for a few minutes tonight right after the meeting.
OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business
NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business
MONTHLY DRAWING: The door prize, which was a magnetic base light
was won by Larry Bowers.
SHOW AND TELL: Dave Whyte brought in a Walnut jig to facilitate lamenating wood on the end grain of plywood. It has two levers that fold down and are spring loaded. You put your wood for lamenating and plywood into the jig and than fold back up the levers that are spring loaded and they hold wood in place. It has a handle on bottom that you screw in to apply pressure to the 2 pieces being glued. Henry Davis showed us a couple of pieces of spalted wood that he glued to plywood to enable him to plane the spalted wood with out it splitting or buckling. John Green brought in a love spoon from Wales. It was carved out of English cedar and the fellow he bought it from makes these spoons full time. He uses a scroll saw to cut out the pattern and power tools for the carving. It cost John about $80.00. Steve Shores showed a Christmas turned and painted ornament and two miniature ornaments he turned. He also showed a ring holder and a couple of boxes. He asked if anyone knew where he could get a 20-gauge drill bit. John Mayberry made two hand mirrors that he turned. They were made out of Cherry wood and handles were glued on with CA glue. Bob Bestweather, a guest brought in a Mandolin that he made out of Western Red Cedar for the top and African Mahogany and popular for the bottom. He said he did 80% of work with a Dremel tool and rest with either band saw or scroll saw. He used an oil finish. Bob Reese made a ringed goblet. He asked what type of wood the club thought it was. He said his son thought it was Tung wood the wood came from Florida. Tom Gillard brought in two model sail boats he had made and also a box made out of very wormy maple. Jim Van Cleave showed a Lenox carbide saw blade that he had bought through Tom Gillard. He hit a screw when he was using it and it chipped a couple of teeth. It still cuts very well and he showed some wood he had cut after blade hit screw. Jim Parker’s daughter moved to Georgia and needed an entertainment center which he built out of pine. It took him 4 weeks to build it and he brought in the pictures of it. Don Helton made a magazine rack out of Red Oak with a lot of scrollwork on it. He also brought in two scrolled motorcycle penholders one was Mahogany with a walnut base and the other was Cherry and Walnut.
PROGRAM: The program tonight will be about scrapers and the presenters are Henry Davis, Doyle McConnell and Bob Leonard. Henry said that anyone who wants hands on experience in scrapping and sharpening call him to arrange. A scaper is a flat piece of metal and is called a hand scrapper and the ones with a handle are called cabinet scrapers. The scraper has a hook burnished on it and needs to have a smooth surface and needs to be square. Square it with a file and then burnish a hook on the side. It acts like a planer blade. Must get chips when scraping or if you do not and only get dust it is not sharp enough. When hook is worn he puts it in a vise and draws a file over it perpendicular. Use oil or a water stone and hone the edge than turn on side and go across stone to remove burrs. Need to learn how to sharpen hone, square and smooth a scraper. Use a burniser to push edge down and distort it. It does not take a lot of strength to do this. Make sure you stay perpendicular. Do this a couple of times and than make 1 pass slightly angled. You can do this to all-4 sides so that you have 4 sides to use. There are also cove scrapers. He uses his scraper even on miniature pieces. Hand scraping leaves a nice smooth surface. You can scrap end grain also quite easily and it makes end grain smooth. Make sure and not roll edge over to far only need a slight angle. When using scraper if you bend it a little it will scrap a lot better since the corners will be off the work piece. Doyle said that cabinet scrapers are sharpen totally different than hand scrapers. They have to be sharpen on a 45 angle. After he runs a board through his planner he than marks Xs down it with a pencil. He than uses scraper pushing it through and it takes the marks off has it scraps the wood. He said it is one of the handiest tools he has. The angle is on backside of the tool. Screws on front hold blade in. The screw on the back is an adjustment for the amount of bow you want. The more bow the more aggressive the cut is. He uses a short scraper for doing raised panel edges. He said that old box knife blades would make nice small scrapers. When burnishing you do not need a burnishing tool you can use about anything that is hard and round. He made a jig utilizing a hardened dowel to maintain a 5-degree angle for the regular scraper. Bob Leonard showed us the jig he made for the 45-degree angle. The plans for this 45-degree jig for the cabinet scrapers were shown in the February 1997 issue of woodworking. He also showed us a veneer scraper but he has not used it yet. He made a handle for his scraper but he can not flex his.
The meeting was over at 8:45