FEBRUARY MEETING OF TENNESSEE VALLEY WOODWORKERS
There were 78 people in attendance and Doyle McConnell called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
VISITORS: There were 8 guests in attendance and they were Mister Davenport, Maacos O. More, Harry Hodge, Rod Ganit, Marvin Goss, and Doug Dunlap.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ray Torstenson announced that he had been asked to chair the Franklin County Arts and Tourism Board. They will be accepting craft ideas to display and sell. He thinks it will be 10 to 15% commission charged. The building is at Second and High Street.
Harvey Carter stated that he was putting wood plugs in a project with Gorillas glue and in the morning he found them all pushed out.
Doyle McConnell said that last month he passed out a sign up sheet for a Leigh Dove Tail work shop and he had sheets available tonight for getting the wood ready for the work shop and he would be calling people to set up appointments for the work shop.
Carol Runyon stated that Lincoln County Museum was going to have their Folk Life Demonstrations on May 24th if anyone was interested in demonstrating and she said they had a lot of people already signed up.
Ross Roepke said he brought in a bunch of magazines and for everyone that wanted some to help themselves since he did not want to take them home again.
Doyle announced that there was a recall on Bosh Drill rechargers because they over heat and could cause a fire. He also had a copy of Falls Mills Newsletter and will leave it out for anyone that wants to read it. He said he went to Heart of County Antique show this weekend and saw some really huge bowls made many years ago.
Tom and Loyd announced they were trying to get pictures taken of everyone that had not had theirs taken as yet.
Ken Gould announced that next months program would be given by General Industrial Supply Company about new tools on the market. This company also sells scratch and dent tools that are refurbished and sold at discount prices.
SHOW AND TELL:
James Coulson made a candleholder for multiple candles and after he had it done his wife told him it was too large and so he had to make a smaller one, which he also brought. They were made of Maple and Black Walnut. He brought extra copies of the plans for anyone that may want them.
Henry Davis made a keep sake box with a Wormy Maple top trimmed in Black Walnut and Mahogany. He also brought in a bottle of Locktite wood glue that he bought because of the type container it came in. He found that the glue works well but dries opaque instead of clear. He said it acts more like an epoxy then glue.
Loyd Ackerman made a segmented/lamented bowl out of Elm, Cherry, Maple and Alter. He cut the pieces at 12 degrees and put them together with polyurethane glue. This is his second attempt and he said he was not sure it was worth all the trouble to make it.
Tom Gillard had bids to make on a cross and it had to be hollow. He cut 4 pieces at 45 degrees and put them together and than to hide the joints he put in a piece of black walnut inlay. He then made a Shaker table applying this principal. The tabletop was made of 4 pieces cut at 45 degrees with Mahogany inlay at the joints. It made a very pretty and unusual table. He also brought some natural edge bowls that he made on his new Lathe.
Tom Cowan brought in a table he built that was a copy of an antique table. It was made out of Tennessee Cherry and he used square pegs in the mortise and tenon joints.
Marion Riley showed a corner cabinet that he had made from a small picture in a magazine. He had chisel carvings on it and it was made from Black Walnut.
Ken Gould brought in a steel stand he made for a gazing ball. He was also trying to see if he could use it for a stand for a wood bowl or candleholder but he would need a very big bowl to look right. He is working on one out off a piece of Box Elder he got from Tom Cowan and Tom is also making a bowl out of other half of this wood. We will be looking forward to seeing both of their bowls when they are finished.
Karen Kerce brought in a bowl which she turned and put copper leaf in the inside of it. She also made a small oil lamp holder and another turning which has a top. All of these items were made out of wood from Doyle's scrap pile.
Jim Van Cleave showed us a jewelry box he made out of black Walnut a knot on it for figuring which he used for the top. He made a thicker divider for the inside, which he said, was easier to make than the thinner ones. He had a carving on the front of the box. He also made a pair of bookends, which he had the knowledge torch he cut out of a contrasting wood glued to the face of them.
Geoff Roehm brought in a Resonator guitar he had built out of Black Walnut glued to aircraft plywood for the top, since Resonator Guitars need a dead top. He also used Ebony on it. He also showed a Tipo guitar, which is very small and has 10 strings. He played a few notes on each to show us how different they sound.
PROGRAM: Tonight’s program is a show and tell about useless tools.
John Hawk showed a pair of vise grips welded to a rod that makes a very good nail pull.
John Sargent brought in a Cherry Stoner, which separates the pits from the cherry. He also brought in a Roosevelt election campaign pin form one of the Roosevelt’s but not sure which one.
John Troxler showed a hand saw set for setting the tooth set. He also showed a 3 piece set with anvil tooth set for a cross saw made by Simons Crescent. It cost about $4.00. He also brought a hand clamp, which can be held with one hand, which he said, is a most useful tool since it provides a third hand when needed.
Ray Cole showed a type of plane that was forerunner of the Rotor, which he bought for $450 some years ago and has never used.
Ross Roepke brought a chisel holder for aiding in holding chisel for sharpening which he never used but after our program on sharpening tools he went out and bought a grinder and now uses this tool. He also brought a digital caliber, which he says is very handy.
Tom Gillard showed an Incra jig, which can move in 1/32 increments, but he has never used it. Ross said he had one he used all the time on his rotor.
Tom Church showed an abrasive circular blade. Which he said was great for sharpening his lawn mower blades. He also brought in a tool that is suppose to be used for removing wood from the bottom of bowls but he has never been able to get it to work right. Doyle told him it is for end grain only.
Tom Cowan brought in a tachometer he made for a school project and he has never used it since.
Joseph Maierbacher brought in an adapter for a drill but was not sure what it could be used for.
Maurice Ryan uses spray cans a lot so bought an adapter to use to convert can to a spray gun type set up. He said it always falls off at the exact wrong moment.
Bill Duncan showed a tool that was some type of scraper but has never found a use for it. He also brought in an angle adapter for a drill. He also brought in a scraper for chair seats or dough bowls.
Henry Davis brought in a hand tool that he does not know what it could be used for. He showed a finger joint fixture his wife bought that he never uses. He also brought in a Craftsman jig for making mortise and tenons which is really labor intensive for the set up since he has to tear down after making tenon and than set up again for mortise. He did make a chair with it but it takes too much time to use. It does do a real good job on angled tenons. He showed the small chair he made with the fixture.
Jack Rowe brought in a set of inexpensive titanium drill bits which a lot are chipped or broke and he hopes rest of them break so that he can get a new set. He brought a very small hand drill he uses a lot to get in small places etc.
Doyle McConnell got a gift in about 1979 of a Sears edge crafter which he never uses other than he did use one of the cutters.
Ray Torstenson brought in a wooden hand made compass that he thought was neat.
Loyd Ackerman brought an electric nailer that the keeper keeps popping out. Also when he could get it to stay in sometimes nails would go right through wood and sometime they would not go into wood far enough.
Ken Clark brought in a pair of automatic vice grips, which have never worked right. He also brought a very large open-end wrench, which hangs on his wall as a conversation piece.
Bob Leonard brought in a set of hole cutters that the plans for his fire truck said were perfect for making the wheels. They do not work as plan advertised and he used a lathe instead.
George Peckinpaugh brought in a wood-boring machine he did not know how to use. He was told that the Wood Wright on his TV show had demonstrated one a little while ago.
Mary Ellen Lindsay had a wood remover but found it is for left handed people.
Ken Gould showed a Sears Router Crafter. He has had since 1997 and never uses.