SEPTEMBER 16, 2008



Tom Gillard brought the meeting to order at 7:00.


Our guests tonight were Joyce Adams (wife of Jarrell Adams) and their friend, Dan Wornbrook from Belvidere.


Jim Steadman says there are more TVW hats for sale at $5.00.


Doyle McConnell reported that the Coffee County Fair started on Monday, Sept 15, and the folks who “worked” that night had a great time.  There are 3 lathes and a scroll saw set up at the fair for members to use as fair-goers watch.  Puzzles and tops are given out to the children.  It’s a lot of fun and fellowship, so come on out!  Someone will be there from 5-9 Wed- Thurs and 2-9 Friday.  Saturday is 12-5 or so.  Go past the cow barns and enter the back gate to park by our site.


Henry Davis has 35 selections in the club library that can be checked out.  There is a listing on our internet site.


Henry also sold a 16” Craftsman scroll saw at the meeting for $75.00.


Thanks to Gary Runyon for bringing a bag of ear plugs to pass out to folks at the meeting.


Doyle McConnell announced the next shop tour, which will be Saturday September 27.  We will meet at the Western Sizzlin in Tullahoma at 8:00 for breakfast, and then head to Tom Gillard’s shop.  He has a professional, full time shop.  Then it’s off to Ralph Hand’s shop, which is described as “different and unique.”


Doyle also knows of a 12 inch Powermatic commercial planer for sale.  It doesn’t have a sharpener.  Call him for details.


Loyd Ackerman passed around a sign-up sheet for helpers with the “In the Spirit of Fine Woodworking” Exhibition which makes its first appearance on November 7-8.  That’s only 53 days away!!  He again pleaded with us to turn in forms to show items of all types.  The reason we are to fill out a form is so they can make very nice, professional looking placards to put beside the items based on the description on the forms.  So far, there are 25 entries from only 11 people.  He pointed out that all the stuff in show and tell is good, and deserves to be shown!  Please enter something!

Chuck Taylor needs the forms for the entries by the October meeting to be able to make the placards.  It would be nice to include your picture, too, if you wish.


Art Brickse passed around a sheet telling about a steady rest.  For more information, go to www.theokspindoctor.com.


On October 4, the first Saturday of the month, the carvers will be meeting at Phil Bishop’s shop to host a learning workshop for anyone wanting to begin carving.  They will be showing all kinds of carving, and invite all who are interested to attend.




1.   Bob Leonard brought a device he had made out of a 2x4 with a dowel sticking out of it.  It was designed to hold the top of a cane he was carving into an eagle head.  He got the idea from Sharon Wright at a carver’s meeting.

2.   Loyd Ackerman had 2 turned bowls he was donating to the annual UTSI employee’s picnic for door prizes.  If you would like to donate, call Richard Gulley.

3.   Ralph Hand brought a curved top, or camel back, trunk he had made of local white pine with walnut trim, hinges, handles, and latch.  The pegs were cherry.  There was a lift-out tray inside, and box joints on the corners.  He had cut the underside of the top with shallow curfs to create the curve.  All the working parts were made of wood.

4.   Bob Molloy brought a sample open-turned leg he had made on his Legacy CNC machine.  He also had a book “press” where the books sat on a segmented plank while a vice made of wood slid and screwed to hold them upright and in place.  He told us that the bottom plank with the sliding groove had to be cut so the grain did NOT run the length of the board, or it would end up grabbing the sliding vice.  Another interesting thing he brought was some bellows he made of walnut that had carving on it.  He had made one for the CEO of Nissan, which is now in Japan, and one for a fellow in France.  He used to make them with the tips being unique wood, but now crafts the end from brass to keep it from breaking off when dropped.  (A lesson taught by his grandchildren!)

5.   Ross Roepke has been busy again making boxes from cut-off ends of his furniture lumber.  They were very unique, using combinations of woods and unusual style hinging on one.  He also made a stylized clock from some ½ moons of mahogany someone had given him.

6.   Jay Hazel made a box he had made for his GPS.  It was of cherry, and had an inlay on top of a compass rose.  He learned to do the inlay at one of our seminars.  It had box joints and a poly finish.

7.   Scott Short showed us a segmented bowl which had won first place at the Franklin County Fair.  He also showed the cigar Indian which the carvers have finished.  It, too, took first prize.  Jim Wright, whom we lost recently to illness, carved the face.  They will bring it to the exhibition if it has not sold before then.

8.   John Wendling brought his father’s old Lufkin folding measuring tool #386.  He thinks it was made around 1908.

9.   Felix Rees made a two-sided glass display case for a dollar bill which had been given to a homeless lady in Tullahoma.  He explained a difficult time with a router breaking it, but he glued it back together, and you can’t even see the breaks!

10.    Ed White brought a turned corn cob.  He made it at the fair the previous night, having salvaged the cob from an antique corn sheller demonstration.  He used a skew to turn it.

11.      Dick Wollam took a class at Tom Cowan’s, where he roughed out a box elder bowl and finished it to bring tonight.  He also made a plate from butternut, which was green when he turned it making it warp.  He wet it down, laid it down with weights on it, and now it’s fine!  He also brought a walnut imagination turned bowl which he described as a knuckle buster, and a walnut candle holder.

12.     Chuck Taylor made Martha a stool to reach her shoes way up high in the closet.  It had two upholstered steps and was made from cherry with appliqués placed on the sides and back.  He can now mark that off his “honey-do” list! J He commented, “If you have a happy wife, what more could a woodworker want?”  (Someone in the back answered, “More tools!”) J

13.     Josef Maierbacker brought a very interesting pitch fork made from one piece of either stem and roots or stem and branches.  It came from a neighbor’s house, and he thinks it supposedly came from Spain.




Doyle McConnell gave a very interesting program tonight showing us how to use the tool to turn nested bowls.  Most of us have wanted to see it in action, and a video provided us with that look.  Doyle chose not to buy the McNaught system used by turner Mike Mahoney because it is harder to use and puts strain on the shoulders.  He bought instead the One-Way Coring System and has been very pleased.  It has 4 different tools, each with a different radius.  He says it is easy to use, and doesn’t grab and jerk on the shoulders.


He showed us how to turn natural edge bowls.  He can sell 3 natural edge bowls to one smooth edge.  The advantage of the nesting tool is that you don’t lose all that beautiful wood like you do turning one bowl at a time.


You start by turning the outside of the largest bowl.  He “eyeballs” the shape so that the curved nesting tool doesn’t cut through the side of the bowl.  Turning on the lathe, he guides the curved tool into the bowl, cutting carefully at first so as not to knock the bowl loose from the chuck.  After the tool gets deep enough into the bowl, the tail stock can be brought up to secure the bowl, and you can go faster. As the cutter gets further into the bowl, he slides the toolrest under it for stability. When the tool has gone almost to the center, he uses a wrench to pop the first bowl free.  Then, he finishes up the cutting on the inside of that bowl, turns it around on the lathe, and cuts a foot on it.  (He is a master at keeping the sides an even thickness.)


Then, he put the chunk that came out of the middle back on the lathe and cut the next size bowl down, repeating the process above until the whole nest of bowls was cut.


It takes Doyle about and hour to an hour and a half to cut out the whole nest.  He’s fast!  Then, he lets them dry 4-5 days depending on the weather.  He trues up each foot, chucks them up, and sands each bowl on the lathe using a power sander with the lathe turning.  He says it takes a lot longer to sand and finish them than it does to cut them.  Doyle uses a gloss lacquer, hand rubs them with steel wool, and then waxes them.  He ends up with 6 or 7 gorgeous bowls from one piece of wood!  That’s great!


The tool comes with insertable knife heads cut at unusual angles, and comes with a jig to sharpen them.


A question came up about carbide tools, and it was recommended that they not be used for woodworking because they can never be sharpened back right.


Thanks, Doyle for an informative and very interesting program!