October 19, 2010


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


Guests & Visitors: 

The club recognized and welcomed the following individuals as guests:

·       Jim Vanover

·       Evan Jones

·       Joe Ferraro

·       Mark Ledbetter


New Members: 

·       Mike Addington

·       Evan Jones



B. A. Niles has been having problems with his heart lately.  Bob Lenard reported that Niles was doing better after a hospital stay.  Bob passed around a card for members to sign for Niles.    


Tom reported Woodcraft of Franklin will be holding a 7th Anniversary sale this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 22, 23, and 24).  David Sapp offered the Club a display tent however we declined because of our 25th Anniversary Dinner.  David has been a great supporter of our club since he opened the store.  Tom encouraged members to support the event and wear your club name tags.  Club members who would like to attend the sales event as a group may meet Tom Cowan on Friday morning at 7 a.m. at the Manchester Cracker Barrel for food, fellowship, and a ride to the event.. 


 Show and Tell: 

Loyd Ackerman displayed one bowl and two hollow vessels he turned from scrap Red Maple.  Some of the scrap came from a Red Maple log that was used for turning at the Coffee County Fair.  Loyd reminded members that scrap can be valuable.  End cutoffs can be used to turn beautiful pieces. On the other hand if you have scrap and don’t intend to use it call Loyd he’ll be glad to pick it up.


Doyle McConnell brought in three pepper mills he made from a piece of Sugar Maple.  He made five mills for five sisters.  Since he made the mills from green sugar maple he had to remake a couple of the pieces that cracked.  One had a black mark on top that looked like a magic marker made it but Doyle said, “the Good Lord put it there.”


Ross Roepeke built a small table for his son from White Oak.  The unique feature of the table was a hidden drawer he made into the end of the table. 


Geoff Roehm made and brought in three guitars.  Geoff played all three after discussing their construction.  The first guitar had a top of Western Cedar with the sides and back made of Brazilian Rosewood.  The second guitar he displayed was a resonating guitar.  It had an aluminum resonator insert in the top and an aluminum resonator cone inside the guitar body.  The top of the instrument was made of Walnut with Holly binding.  The third guitar was made entirely from Walnut.  Geoff said many people have claimed that Walnut cannot be used for an entire guitar.  Goeff played and few cords which sounded beautifully and challenged the world to determine the wood a guitar is made of by listening to it.    Geoff has a CNC machine (Computer Numeric Control) which he is now using to cut all the finger boards and heads and install pearl inlay.   


Felix Reese brought in a table he made from Walnut.  It was a narrow long table with tapered legs and two drawers.  Felix turned the drawer knobs and used box joints on the drawers. 


Dick Wolham brought in a relief carving of a horse head which he brought in a few months ago when he began the project.  At that time Dick reported that he was going to keep a tally of the hours that it took to finish the carving.  The total time required for the basswood carving was 69 ¾ hours.  Dick used Walnut Oil to finish the bass wood and covered it with a mat finish. 


Anthony Watts built a number of Shaker boxes that he made for Christmas presents.  Anthony constructed the boxes from maple and finishes them with milk paint.  Anthony uses the Old Fashioned Milk Paint brand which requires straining again and again.  To get the colors deep enough he coated each box with four coats of milk paint followed by two coats of oil.   


Will Gaetjens brought in a Biltmore Stick he constructed from Red Oak with Mahogany end caps and secured with popular pegs.  The numbers and words were applied to the stick using Sharpie Pens.  Will added the numbers and his sister who has calligraphy training added the wording.  The final finish on the stick was polyurethane.



An excellent program was delivered by Goeff on his CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine which he uses to construct musical instruments.  Goeff wrote all the music for the video program.  The instruments used to play the music were all made by Goeff.  All the music was played by Geoff.  In short Geoff is a very talented craftsman.  CNC machine allows Goeff to improve quality, precision and repeatability.  The mother of pearl inlay used for the name in the head of the guitar is routered using the CNC machine and is undersized by 9 ten thousands of an inch.  This is the kind of accuracy that can be obtained using a CNC machine.  Since purchasing the CNC machine Goeff has added software and updated some of the other software.  Goeff built a touch pad to automatically index the router to the top of his work surface. 


The CNC machine requires the use of multiple software programs such as a CAD program to develop the design, an image capture program, and a translation or conversion program to convert a design into machine control code.  Geoff explained his evolution in equipment from a coping saw and jeweler’s saw to a table router.  He then displayed a wood rat developed in England that allows for good control of a router.  He is now using the CNC machine which allows Geoff to improve the quality on an already high quality instrument.