Tennessee Valley Woodworkers

Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, September 15, 2009



Loyd Ackerman called the meeting to order at 7:00. He reminded us of the need for items for the UTSI picnic. If you have any, give them to Richard Gulley.

Richard told us that UTSI was in need of 2 new podiums. They will supply the materials, but they need someone to build them.


Check the web site for upcoming events. There are many this month!


Henry May is coordinating the carvers at the Polly Crockett Festival at Cowan this coming Friday through Sunday.


Doyle McConnell is coordinating the Coffee County Fair Show and Demonstrations the third week in September. This is always a great, fun time. If you have any items to display, or time to join the fun, please do so! Go to the 2nd gate and tell them you are with the woodworkers in Morton Village.


Steve Shores is doing a turned walnut Christmas ornament workshop Saturday, October 3 from 8:30 12:00 at his shop, 5580 Asbury Rd. His number is 596-2505.


At the October meeting, we will have officer nominations, and at the November meeting, we will have officer elections.


October 24th is a very busy day. We have our big Fall Workshop on furniture making. See the web site for more information! There is also a seminar and show going on at Woodcraft in Franklin. Add to that, Ken Gould is doing a blacksmith workshop on the 23rd and 24th.


The curio cabinet was auctioned off. Henry Davis bought it for $975.00!


Show and Tell


Matt Brothers showed slides of a Barrister Style Display Bookcase he made for a client to store the annual programs for the Shelbyville Horse Show. It was red oak with a dark walnut stain. He used 1/4 inch aluminum track for the doors to slide into.


Chuck Taylor made a compact with a red maple top and a miniature oil lamp on a base of maple for the UTSI auction.


Bob Addington made a walnut bowl for UTSI, and had 5 other dark walnut bowls finished with 2 coats of Danish and 4 coats of wipe-on poly. He makes his wipe-on poly by mixing regular poly 50/50 with mineral spirits. He used 1000 grit wet/dry paper between finishes.


Gary Runyon made a red heart pen for UTSI


Steve Shore brought 4 walnut Christmas ornaments to show.


Jerry Newbill brought an alligator puzzle for UTSI.


Bob Molloy donated a figured maple box with a walnut handle and accents for UTSI.


Dick Wollam brought a lidded bowl for UTSI and a carved owl out of basswood on a black base for accent.


Harry May brought 2 box elder carved pins- a turtle and a butterfly.


Ross Roepke made a side table of walnut with a book-faced figured top. He undercut the top 45 degrees.


Bob Leonard brought a walking stick he had carved for the wounded warrior program, some cute carved raccoons getting into a garbage can and made a carved knife and holder for UTSI out of 8 species of wood.


Jim Van Cleave brought a relief carving of an eagle for UTSI.


Geoff Roan brought some plaques that he had made using his computerized CNC router. He explained vector graphics.


Felix Rees donated a lamp base made of walnut and oak to UTSI.


Richard Gulley made a walnut bowl for UTSI.


Ross Roepke made a lidded box for UTSI.


Henry Davis made a band-saw box out of walnut and cherry with a maple inlay for UTSI.


Alan Odell brought a carved eagle that will top a wounded warrior cane.




Hand-cut Dovetails by Tom Cowan


Tom showed us, via a well made video (Thanks, Loyd!!) how to hand cut dovetails. He cuts his tails first, and then uses them to mark and cut the pins. He recommends that the sides be made of a softer wood than the drawer front.


Half-blind dovetails are most common for drawers. He uses a 12 degree angle. Of course, Tom made this look easy with great explanation. Be sure to check out the video from our library if you want to cut your own dovetails. It is easy to understand, and very informative!


Thanks, Tom!!!