DECEMBER MEETING OF TENNESSEE VALLEY
There were 58 people in attendance. Bob Leonard called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
VISITORS: There were 7 guests in attendance and they were Ruth Holland, Geo Van Gorder, Fred Hutchinson, Pat Patrick, Dick Austin and Joe Marlow. We also have 2 new members and want to welcome them to the club; they are Carter Henry and James Coulton.
ANNOUCEMENTS: Bennyís Woodwork is selling all power tools at cost with accessories. Ruth and Maurice Ryan said that a Woodworkers Supply Store is to open in Franklin in 2003. Bob leonard said those that missed the Christmas party missed a real treat and thanks to all the committee for doing such a great job. Bob Leonard also thanked the officers for keeping him straight this year. Henry asked the guests to please sign guest register so the club can send them a copy of Splitters. The clipboard was passed around for members to sign for the 03 grand door prize. Bob said we need volunteers for refreshments next year and passed around list to sign. Ken Gould said he has learned a lot since he has been in the club and encourages others to ask questions and help of the club members when needed. Crocia Robertson is the secretary of the board of directors of International Association of Recreation. The association may have a conference near here and suggested that we could have a wood working presentation. It would be sometime in 2005. Anyone that is interested should let her know.
OLD BUSINESS: None.
NEW BUSINESS: Bob said that last year the by-laws got updated and he turned them over to Doyle McConnell who will be the new president in 03. Tom Cowan thanked Bob for being the president this year and the good job he has done.
MONTHLY DRAWING: Bob Beswetherick won the monthly door prize, which was a dial caliper.
SHOW AND TELL: Ken Gould brought pictures that showed several arbors that he has built. He showed the jig he had made for swinging the arcs for these. He also showed a pine finger joint jig that he had made a long time ago. He showed a jig for drilling holes for using with bookshelves etc. He had a bear he carved and a frog. He showed a band saw box with a relief carving on itís top. He brought a bowl he had turned in 1969.
Ross Roepke showed pictures of the two crosses and 2 mantles that he made for Beersheba Springs Conference Center. He brought a wood layered picture of a copy of a Christmas card that he made for the church. It showed Joseph and Mary and the donkey with the baby that is put on after Christmas. He also commented on jig for holes and said he uses pegboard for this.
Bob Beswetherick brought in the first Mandolin he built a year ago. He brought another one that has a lot of scrollwork made out of Walnut and cedar. The finish was tung oil. He has made 15 Mandolins in all.
Bill Davis went to Arrowmont and made a table of Cherry and maple, which he built and designed. It has many different type joints utilized in it.
Houston Clark showed a recipe box he made for his wife since she had recipes all over the kitchen but she said if he would have made it sooner the recipes would not have been all over. It was made out of Popular and Walnut. He used a brad nailer to put it together.
Tom McGill recently made a dinning room table for his daughter and he got a mortise machine that fits his drill. He made a jig for keeping his sizes on mortise and tenons exact.
Jack Rowe brought in a bowl he made in high school.
Bob Leonard brought in 3 Shaker boxes which 2 were made of cherry and one quarter sawed white oak. The bands he made from 4x4 squares and loyd helped him saw them out. He brought 1 of 4 wheels he is making for a project. He made a jig to drill holes through hub of the wheels.
Jim Parker showed a music stand he made in 1991. He used sliding dovetails for the legs. He said the hardest part to make was the harp. It was made of Cherry with a tung oil finish.
Jim Van Cleave made a dove tail jig for softwood with a 1 to 6 ratio and one out of hard wood with a 1 to 8 ratio. He also turned a small mallet out of Bodark, and he designed a stool out of cherry and walnut.
Phil Bishop showed a silver chest he made for his daughter out of Cherry and Walnut and the drawers were pine. He said lacquer helps the drawers slide smoothly. He started making a rocking horse for youngest grandson, which is going to end up being a Giraffe.
Karen Kirst brought in the good, the bad and the ugly. She had a bowl that she had gotten too thin. She also brought in a Spalted Maple bowl, which she turned. She also had a bowl from a design of Tom Cowan with legs on it.
Henry Davis brought in a Scone with a mirror on it that he did a long time ago. He said he should have spent more time on sanding the end grain. He also tried chip carving in 1984 in cherry. He also did another practice chip carving and put hangers on back of both pieces to use as wall hangings. He carved a man in the round and showed it. He brought a band saw box, which was a foot with a drawer and a compartment in it.
Earl George made a jewelry box out of Curly Maple and finished with Polyurethane.
Jeff Roan made a guitar and brought in a book on Lute construction. He read from the book that the author pursued excellence instead of perfection. He makes his work good enough. Takes many pieces to build up to master level work. Old makers used local woods, which were good enough, and were not snobbish about wood they used. The guitar was walnut both bottom and top. He picked a song to let us hear how it sounded.
Doyle McConnell was young when he started woodworking with his Dad. His Dad made gunstocks and furniture and cabinets. In 1968 or 69 he got his first saw. He was a machinist by trade and than went into management. He had to have something to do and started making beehives. He brought in a rifle he made out of Cherry and he also made lots of the metal parts on it. It is about 33 years old. It shoots good and is a 45-caliber flintlock. Later he started turning and in 1993 he made a copy of original German nutcracker which he showed. .
Tom Gillard brought a sample of how to do a plate joint on a shadow box. This is a good way to do the miter joint on the corners. He contrasted corner with different wood.
John Sargent turned a Walnut bowl out of a tree that was from his wifeís home place. He is going to try and make each child a bowl from this tree. He has enjoyed being in the club and learning from all the members and thanks the club for various help he has received.
Bob Reese 50 years ago made a box with a pocketknife. He bought a violin that had a lionís head on it, which was in bad condition, and he repaired the damage and showed this violin. The back of the violin had the most serous problems and he replaced it. This violin was purchase in San Francisco in the 1830 and was repaired in Nashville in 1887. He made a picture album of the before and after of this violin that he repaired. He made the back out of Curly Maple.
Crocia Robertson brought in a couple of tops and a couple of nativity puzzle she had bought.
SAFETY: Bill Davis cut off the end of his finger while making a box on the band saw. Some of the oak pieces had gotten between the blade and the table and he wanted to remove them. He shut off the saw and started removing them. He was unaware that the saw takes awhile to coast to a stop and got his finger in blade as it was still coasting. A Band saw is very dangerous and make sure blade has completely stopped before getting your fingers close to blade for any reason. Doyle said make sure you always keep fingers out from in front of the blade. He has a friend that said the band saw was the most dangerous machine he has.
The meeting was over at 9:00 and many members stayed for music and socializing.