Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 17/ Issue1 January 2002 Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the
Duck River Electric Building, Decherd, TN
All interested woodworkers are invited!
The following people have agreed to serve as contacts for their particular skills. If you have questions, suggestions
for activities, or other comments relating to these skills, please call these folks. Their interest is to help the
club better serve their area of expertise. Your participation with them will help them achieve that goal.
Tom Church 967-4460 Turning Harry May 962-0215 Carving
Bob Reese 728-7974 Sharpening Ross Roepke 455-8310 Jointery
Maurice Ryan 962-1555
Health and Safety
With the flying of flags comes the problem of what to do with the flags
that become tattered and torn due to use. The proper way of disposing
of these emblems of our Country is to retire them with dignity. This
usually involves burning them. The Boy
Scouts can offer their services if you have a flag that need to be retired. There are three members of our club that are also members of the BSA. Danny Bean, Steven Savelle, and Tom Gillard. Please bring your flag to one of us if needed. Thanks
January meeting Program
David Duggin will make a presentation on recognizing and restoring "Tennessee Furniture". David lives in Woodbury's oldest house and is a dealer of high end period antiques.
Making Box Joints
Before the advent of cardboard boxes, manufacturers joined the sides of thin wooden boxes with these joints because they were strong and fast to make. Today, box joints have taken on practical and decorative roles in projects ranging from jewelry cases to hope chests. After you build the jig featured in the Box-Joint Jig Project, follow these steps and see firsthand how easily you can master this joinery method.
1. Before you cut the actual box joints, keep in mind that the width of your box sides must be an increment of the finger width. Otherwise, you’ll wind up with less-than-pleasing partial fingers at the bottom of your box. So, in the example of 1/4"-thick stock discussed here and in the jig-building article, the width of the workpieces must be an increment of 1/4" (such as 5", 5 1/4", 5 1/2", etc.).
2. Mark the front, back, and side pieces of your box. Also, mark the
top edge on each of these pieces.
For each box you make, you cut the sides consecutively, and the front and back consecutively. It doesn't matter which pair you do first, so we'll start with the sides.
For all of the following cuts, hold the top edge of the workpiece toward
the jig pin for the first cut. Now, put hand pressure on the jig to hold
its miter-gauge bar firmly against the right side of the tablesaw channel.
Make the first cut as shown above. Place the just-cut notch over the jib
pin and repeat to cut fingers along the full width of the workpiece. Cut
the other side piece in the same fashion.
3. Before you cut the front and back, cut one notch into a scrap piece,
just as you cut the first notch into the side piece earlier. Position this
notch over the pin as shown at left, and butt the top edge of the front
piece against the scrap before making a cut.
Make the remaining cuts in the front piece by removing the scrap, placing the notch over the pin, and proceeding as described earlier. Cut the back piece just as you cut the front.
4. To join your box pieces, apply glue to all of the mating surfaces with a small brush. Tap the joints together with a rubber mallet if necessary. Clamp the box together as shown above. (You may need to position a clamp diagonally to square the box.)
Note that we used scrap pieces on each side of the corners to evenly distribute the clamping pressure along the joint. Wider boxes may require additional clamps.
After the glue dries, sand the fingers flush with the sides, front,
and back. Be careful not to round over the corners.
The very interesting part is that the wood examined was
determined to grow at
a rapid rate of "3/8 of an inch in 30 years". The cold that enveloped the
northland left only weeks of annual growing season.
It is really hard for me to fathom a glacier that dumps
300 feet of soil over a
forest. Experts suggest it was soil donated by the Lake Superior basin.
You'll find it in a wide "natural" range that stretches from the Plains States to the East Coast and northern Michigan to Florida's panhandle. In fact, heat or cold doesn't hinder this species much. Nor poor soil. Nor city smog and smoke. Even dryness won't bother it. And the tree can survive submergence in salt water. So, there's little to stop its propagation (it spreads by seeds and sprouts from its deep root system). In many places, the ailanthus has become a real nuisance by aggressively crowding out native or ornamental species.
So why give this tree a bad rap? For one thing, it stinks. The blossoms of the male ailanthus produce a stench. The leaves and wood also have a formidable and unpleasant odor. And, it's not a very convincing shade tree. Nor does ailanthus live long-maybe 75 years. Lastly, ailanthus wood looks like white ash, but is weak and brittle.
Ailanthus' only claim to fame is that it is the tree referred to in
the book and motion picture A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, it
TIP: To prevent wood from sliding, use double-faced tape to affix medium- or fine-grit sandpaper to the face of the miter gauge of any power tool. You can easily replace the tape and sandpaper when necessary.
—Bill Roberts, Angola, Ind.
David Jones: Manchester
"Briggs Paint on Atlantic street in Tullahoma will be carrying natural color Deft Oil in gallon ($22.50) and Quart ($7.99) sizes as a test marketing project. They should have it on the shelf before the end of January. They will continue to carry it, if there is a demonstrated demand, and maybe expand to carry the colors as well. See Jeff at the store for questions or comments."
Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft
WOOD ONLINE newsletter
Appalachain Center for the Arts
Forest Products Lab. 1999 Wood Handbook
WOOD Online TVWW page
The Oldham Company
The Woodworker's Choice
Russell Brown's Web Page