TENNESSEE VALLEY WOODWORKERS
Doyle McConnell called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M. There were 72 in attendance.
Bill Spraggihs from Normandy, Steve Chapman from Tullahoma, Dick Wollam who later in the evening joined the club. Also our guest speakers from 3M were Tim Bellwood and Nate Blanks.
OLD BUSINESS: Doyle asked for a volunteer to coordinate the club’s presents at the Gruetli-Laager Great Outdoors events. Andy Weaver talked about all the events they would be having on October 17th through the 18th. They have plenty of room for the club to set up a tent and demonstrate some of the woodworking that the club members do. There is no electricity and any power will have to be provided by generators and that is one of the reasons we need a coordinator from the club. There were no volunteers for coordinator when asked for a show of hands.
The fair building still needs the doors put up. Loyd Ackerman announced that the seminar committee has been working on the Fall and Spring seminars. We will do the turning B at the fair building. The fair is from September 13 through the 20th of September. They will also have one on one workshop during the week by appointment only. Loyd sent around two sign up sheets one for the workshop and another for the turning be on the 20th.
The fall seminar registration sheets were sent out to all members via the US Mail. Would like people to sign up as soon as possible so they can get a count on how many people will be at the catered lunch. The seminar will break around noon and go to the church just down the road from Tom'’ for the cantered lunch. The seminar is at Tom Cowans and maps were provided in with the registration. The cost is 30.00, which include the drinks, and pastries in the morning, catered lunch and after noon break refreshments. It will be an all day seminar.
Loyd said they are trying to get a professional to put on the Spring seminar. They have contacted Jeff Jewt and Jerry Torhac, which are both professional finishers. He has also contacted Ronnie Bird who is a general woodworker that teaches woodworking. He thinks it will be about $40 to $50 to get a professional if we have between 30 and 40 members sign up. He asked for a show of hands of those members that were interested in having a professional give the seminar. There was about a 50% interest so he will proceed on in searching for someone to give it.
Tom McGill said that the library cabinets were still in the works and next meeting he will have a sheet for those interested to sigh up on. The project will be broken up into small workshops such as doors, drawers and cabinet shell. It should be a fun project that will benefit the community and also help some of us to learn some new skills.
Phil Bishops mother has cancer and we ask the members to pray for her and keep her and Phil in your thoughts.
Larry Bowers said that Estill Springs needs some wooden signs made for the new Green Way by Taylor Creek. The signs need to be rustic and the letters need to be 7 to 8 inches tall and routed. There are 64 letters in all needed. See him during break if you would like to help with this project.
Crocia Roberson knows someone that has a Box Elder down and has wood to give away, so if interested see her at break.
Ken Gould knows someone that has a large lathe for sale, which will handle 44-inch diameter spindles so if interested see him after break.
Next month the program will be given by Ray Torstenson on making bandsaw boxes, lids and inlays.
SHOW AND TELL:
Maurice Ryan brought in a really old violin that he played as a child a long time ago. It had many cracks and was in very poor condition and he asked Bob Reese to look at it and tell him if it was worth fixing. It was and Bob fixed it and Maurice showed pictures of before it was fixed and after it was fixed and the violin not only looks good now it also sounds good.
James Coulson made a table that was featured in last months Wood Magazine. He made it out of Cherry and mixed two different colors of stain to get the color he wanted and than finished with Deft.
Ray Cole brought in pictures of a kitchen he renovated for customers of his.
Doyle McConnell brought in a large natural edge bowl turned out of Wormy Red Maple.
Henry Davis brought in a gadget that he made after seeing and using one at Maurice’s shop. It was a piece of plywood with a saw blade cut in the edge, so you can fit it over your saw blade when changing blades and prevent it from moving when you are tightening or loosening the blade.
Jim Van Cleave brought a work in process. It will be a tilt top table with pedestal and 3 legs with ball and claw feet. It has a birdcage to hold top and the top are made out of Black Walnut with scallops around its edge. He had some of the scallops carved and sanded and others to do yet. The top is 27 inches and he made a fixture with 3 rollers on it and put his router on sled and held rotor in place and turns table by hand and kept changing position until he had it the correct size. He also used the rotor to put a cove all the way around it. He drew the lines where he wants the scallops with a template and used a dremel tool to cut away some of the scrap and than carved the rest.
Gary Runyon found a use for some of his scrap Cherry wood he made Cherry boxes with sliding tops. He used minwax and Teac oil to finish them putting it on with steel wool size 0000. He also turned a darning egg; small weaving needles and a Cherry threaded box for the needles. He finished the inside of the boxes before he glued them.
Harold Hewgley turned a vase out of Palonia Royal Princess wood. He finished it with high gloss polyurethane.
Bob Lowance carved an Indian Mask and he also went to John C. Campbell Folk school and he carved a cowboy and a Santa. He finished the mask with oils and linseed oil and all the carvings were made from basswood.
Dave Whyte showed a bending brake he made for bending metal and this was not made out of his usual Walnut since he ran out of Walnut. He also made a bending jig for flat metal and it did have walnut on the ends of it.
Harry May carved a dogs head on a piece of wormy Buckeye and put on a walking stick. He carved another walking stick with an English Bull Dog’s head and an owl, snake, turtle and upside down sea horse and a wood spirit carved in it. He also showed a mule that he carved.
Bob Reese made a violin out of Birdseye Maple which took him a year to finish. The Maple was in the shop for about 45 years. His wife played it and it sounded very good. He also made a tool sharpener based on the Wolverine sharpener. He made it mostly out of wood and said it was very easy to make.
Loyd Ackerman went to Norway last month and wanted to bring back sample of type of bowls they turn but they were to expensive. He did bring two bowls that he turned out of Black Walnut. His wife had purchased a plant stand she liked and after seeing it he decided to make one like it, his was made out of Walnut with the center of the top made out of marble. He did everything but the legs on the lathe.
Newton Wright 12 years ago found a book of musical instruments and out of it he made a Mountain Teardrop fiddle. He carved the end of neck for an image of his dog. He also made a Spill Plane like he saw on the Wood Wright program. You make peels of wood from it to start a fire with.
Ross Roepke brought in a picture of a solid Mahogany modern bed design that he is making. It uses full 2-inch thick pieces of Mahogany to make it. The original cost $3200.00 and the wood to make his has cost him $300.00. He cut some of the pieces for it and has about 5 hours work in it so far.
Ken Gould introduced Tim Bellwood and Nate Blanks from 3M Custom Woodworking Products division.
Tim started the program by talking about 3Ms sanding products. They have both orbital sanding products and hand sanding products. Their orbital sanding products utilizes the different attachments systems for the best results. They have 67,000 products both for electric and pneumatic systems.
They have both Stikit and Hookit discs. Hookit II 3M proprietary attachment system makes a face pad for using this system. It is a reversed system where they replaced the hooks with patented capped stems for secure attachment. You can quickly remove different grades of sandpaper and still be able to use the paper you took off again. This system is much firmer, abrasive lasts longer, pad lasts longer, there is less heat buildup and it is less expensive to use. They have a conversion kit you can purchase to attach your regular Hookit system.
734U disc is a ceramic disc with a film back.
300D disc is Aluminum Oxide with a cloth back.
366L IMFF ( Imperial Microfinishing Film)
Their Purple product is named so to distinguish their product from all the brown type sanding products out in the industry. It uses finest mineral in this product and it always fractures sharp making it last longer. It also has the flattest substrate which is 3mil or 5 mil and consistent through out. It comes in 80 to 600 grit.
One of the keys to sanding success is if you are using a pneumatic orbital sander make sure that while the tool is running on the work piece it is always 90 PSI. Avoid racing over the work piece go slowly east to west and than north to south. Make sure you are using a good backup pad and that it is not torn or worn. Always start your tool on wood piece not above it. Also if you are using adhesive pads make sure you use a good adhesive remover to remove all adhesive from previous pads.
3M makes a good soft backed sanding sponges and they have grades from medium 120-180, fine 320-400 and super fine 600-800. It is great quality foam with excellent resin attachment for it’s mineral. They are soft and conformable and washable. They last 7 to 10 times longer than a sandpaper sheet.
They have a Bristle disc which for getting into small places and they can be stacked to the dimension needed. They are made of plastic/nylon and you do not have to worry about getting pieces of metal flying off them as you do with a wire disc. It uses 6-10 different grades of minerals impregnated in it. It comes in 80 to 1200 grit.
He passed around samples of products that he talked about and had samples on table and told club to take what they wanted. He also said that we could order from the Webb or from a distributor at dealer cost. He will give club the information to set up a Webb link to their Webb site. He also ask the club to sign up our names and addresses and they would mail us some sample and contact as to how to order their products at the discounted prices.
Nate Blanks talked about the adhesives those 3M carries. They carry aerosol adhesives, laminating, hot glue, tapes and adhesive removal products.
They have products for bringing 2 substrates together such as cabinets, appliances, windows, window coverings, electronics, automobile inside and outside, truck and trailers inside and outside.
They make a thin double-sided tape for attaching many products together. They have many spray adhesives and if they become clogged turn the can upside down and spray to clean it out.
They have a structural adhesive that has greater than 1000PSI-peel strength. It comes in many forms such as Scotch-Weld.
Their products come in different working times and set up times. They have Jet Weld, which is a thermoset adhesive system. It is 2 part and will not melt plastics or Plexiglas. It is the strongest type and open time differs from 5-20 minutes. You can buy a small gun to use with it for under $100.00.
They have a fastbond and scotch-grip contact adhesives that are water based and have 30 minutes open time to use for laminating. They also carry all the bulk adhesives. They use a citrus-based adhesive remover.