July 20, 2010


Tom Cowan called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


Tom passed around a get well card for Meryl (a former member for everyone to sign). 


Tom announced that Chuck Taylor will be taking pictures in the back for members who have not had their pictures made yet. 


Guests & Visitors: 

The club recognized and welcomed the following individuals as guests:

·       Dr. Dick Binger, from Huntsville Alabama

·       David Sapp, from Woodcraft in Franklin

·       Aaron Sapp , from Woodcraft in Franklin


The club welcomed Stanley Dunn from RBC in McMinnville who brought in some Maple, Cherry, and Popular Boards to give away.  


New Members: 

·       Dr. Dick Binger

·       Tony and Christine Murphy


Old Business:


Bob Addington announced that anyone who had not picked up their name tag needed to do so.  He also said that if anyone needed another name tag printed to let him know and he would make one for them.


Tom Cowan reported on the spindle turning workshop held at his shop on Friday June 18th.  There were approximately 16 in attendance.  During the workshop Tom demonstrated the key elements of spindle turning (flats, coves, and beads).  By putting each one of these elements together along with leaving a square section it is possible to make any spindle you desire.  Everyone was given the opportunity to practice each element of spindle turning. 


Tom also reported on the bowl turning workshop held on Saturday June 19th.  There were about 25 in attendance.  Nine members served as mentors for the participants who were turning.  There were eight lathes set up for participants to use.  The workshop went on all day with opportunities to turn bowls in the morning and evening. 


Paul Fulks reported on the Jig, Fixture and Template short seminar held at Matt Brothers’ workshop on June 26.  There were approximately 15 in attendance.  Because of the number of excellent jigs, fixtures and templates the workshop extended to until nearly noon.  The participation was great. Thanks to all who brought items to show and shared their expertise. 


Doyle McConnell made an announcement on the club past activities at the Coffee County Fair.   Doyle is looking for new ideas to implement at this year’s fair.  He would like for us to improve our participation and not become stuck in a rut.  In the past the club members have turned tops, jig-sawed puzzles, carved owls and colored ducks. If anyone has ideas contact Doyle McConnell.


Tom Cowan announced that plans were coming together for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Tennessee Valley Woodworking Club.  Chairman Dan Maher has booked the AEDC Officers’ Club for October 23.  The cost for the meals will be $15 if the club helps defray part of the cost.  This will be a celebration of service performed by TVWW Club.


Carvers Corner: 

The carvers meeting is held every 1st Saturday of the month at Phil Bishop’s Shop at 8:30 a.m.

The carvers are planning a cookout at the coming meeting on August 2.  The carvers are getting ready for the Polly Crockett Days in Winchester, the Bell Buckle Craft Fair and the Huntsville Show. 


New Business:

Loyd Ackerman announced the sell of some of the club’s old electronic equipment (old VHS-DVD player and other misc. equipment). Loyd served as the auctioneer.  A number of members really participated and the equipment sold very well.   


Vic Zaccardii supervised a drawing for some beautiful boards donated by BRC.  The was a curly maple board, a set of curly cherry boards and a set of yellow popular boards.  Stanley Dunn of RBC in McMinnville was at the meeting.   


Show and Tell:

Bob Leonard brought in 5 wooden pocket knives.  Two of them he bought from Woodcraft.  One that Bob carved was made from popular, cherry and walnut.  Bob was not really happy with the action of the blade spring.  It seemed to me that spring worked really well.


Tom Cowen displayed a small chest (probably a child’s chest) that he originally saw in Winston Salem.  Chests are significant in furniture history.  While no one knows for sure where the original chest came from it is believed to have originated in East Tennessee. It was very unusual and folksy in its design. 


Don Rounsavill brought in two routed bowls made from cherry and walnut.  One was a small tray on which Don had used a drill to remove most of the material in the center before completing with the router.  The finish was Mahoney’s Walnut Oil.


Jay Hazel reported he had bought a jointer from General Industrial.  The blades were not set up very well and he didn’t want to buy a dial indicator.   Jay made a poor man’s dial indicator from wood with an indicator made from coat hanger wire.  Using this to set the blades resulted in a very accurate set up.  Jay bought a precision straight edge to use for precision set ups. Then he decided he would make one from mesquite that he could use for general use all the time and only using the precision straight edge to check his working mesquite straight edge.  Jay also brought in two bow saws.  One was made from walnut using a picture from the internet for his design.  He bought the treaded rod from Fasco.  The other bow saw was made from mesquite and figured maple (BRC) Jay also displayed two scrapers made mesquite and maple.    


Ross Roepke displayed a four legged table with a unique design which he made for the church.  The table was built as a stand to hold the head of Christ.  The artist for head was from Bell Buckle.  He also brought in a jig he built to clamp corners.  He also constructed a box from pecky pine with a poplar lid. 


Bob Addington made a set of TV trays from maple that came from BRC.  Bob reported this was a one day project that tuned into four days.  The tops were made from 5 pieces of maple with walnut inlay.  Bob said that gluing the four corners to the top at one time was difficult.  In the future he will glue them up two at a time in order to have closer fitting joints.  Bob used roto- hinges for the legs.  He had to drill eight holes that were within five thousands.  The finish was spayed on polyurethane.  He ended up with a slight orange peel on some of the trays.  He also constructed a holder for the TV trays.


Doug Dunlap built a couple of fixtures for making pen blanks.  One of the fixtures was made from a piece of walnut and had an actual walnut nut imbedded in it.  The walnut tree had grown around a nut that lodge in the crotch of a limb resulting in the piece of wood containing a walnut imbedded in walnut wood.  One of the fixtures was used to allow for the cross pen inserts. 


Chuck Taylor brought in a turned vase that was finished with gloss lacquer.  He also made a baby rattle from holly.


Bill May brought in a carved Jack Ass carved out of basswood.  Bill’s explanation of the piece was interesting and humorous.


Dick Wolam constructed a narrow table.  For the center piece of the top he used pieces of red cedar resulting in a unique and interesting design.  The table was finessed with shellac rubbed to the bare wood and then the final finish applied. 



An excellent program was delivered by David Sapp and Aaron Sapp of Woodcraft in Franklin.  David provided a number of Woodcraft Catalogs for the membership.  The main feature of the program was the David Sapp brought in a Saw Stop which he demonstrated.  The demonstration was simply amazing.  David said the saw stops in 4 mili-second.  In fact, you could hardly see the tiny spot on the hot dog that the saw blade made on contact with the hot dog.