Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
    Vol. 17/ Issue3                March 2002              Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the
 Duck River Electric Building, Dechard, 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.

               Alice Berry      454-3815   Design               Phil Bishop          967-4626      Finishing
               Tom Church    967-4460   Turning              Harry May           962-0215      Carving
               Bob Reese      728-7974   Sharpening         Ross Roepke       455-9140      Joinery

Maurice Ryan   962-1555   Health and Safety

   List of Club Officer
                                                                            President:  Bob Leonard
                                                                            V. President: Doyle McConnell
                                                                            Secretary: Barbara Keen
                                                                            Treasurer: Henry Davis
                                                                            Publicity: Maurice & Ruth Ryan
                                                                            Newsletter Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.



Spring seminar: April 20th @ Foothills Craft, Manchester
Picnic:   June 22nd
Coffee County Fair : 3rd week in September
Fall seminar :October time frame
Christmas party: December 6
** It was also suggested that we should have another “turning B” and possibly another carving workshop.

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We would like to welcome these new members who joined us in February:

 Judy Babb
Jim and Lin Kemp

We are happy to have you with us.

Jim Van Cleave brought in a Walnut table.
John Sargent brought a Maple vase and a segmented bowl made of Beech, Cedar and Walnut.
Don Powers brought in two bowls one Walnut and and one Mahogany.  He used engraving tool for top embellishment.
Manuel Brown brought a bowl and a round cookie jar with lid.  He also brought in several different sizes of goblets he had turned.
Bob Leonard brought in a Shaker basket.  He had ordered a kit to make it from.  He showed the jigs he made for bending it around.  He also brought the piece he made for bending over the copper brads.  He said it was fun to make it and he will be ordering patterns of the different sizes so he can make more.
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Notice from the Treasurer:

Just a reminder to those members who have not paid their dues for 2002.   In a few weeks we will have the very unpleasent task of clearing our membership list of those folks that are no longer interested in being members of the club.  If you have not paid your dues hope to hear from you soon.  See Henry at the meeting or contact him at 393-3191 or hdavis@cafes.net.

$10 for singles
 $15 for families

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The subject of name tags came up at the last meeting. Our name tags were made by K&S TROPHIES , 510 Country Club Drive , Tullahoma. They were about $5.00 including tax the last time we checked. When in Tullahoma you can go by and have one made. The tags are 1" x 3" with white letters on a blue background. Just tell the folks that you want a Tennessee Valley Woodworkers name tag. If you are never in Tullahoma, Henry Davis will be happy to take care of it for you, see him at the February meeting or give him a call at 393 - 3191.

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Mini Lathe Give Away.

To show our appreciation to our loyal and faithful members your Executive Committee has again this year decided to give a prize to one lucky member.
To be eligible to win the lathe just sign the drawing register at each regular club meeting that you attend between now and December. That means that if you attended the January meeting and attend every meeting from now through November your name will be in the drawing 11 times.

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***  THE TABLESAW  ***

That tablesaws rank high as the cause of many woodworking accidents shouldn’t be surprising. What woodworker doesn't have one? And it's probably the most frequently used power tool in the shop. Because of that use, it'll pay you healthy dividends to always be on guard around this   indispensable machine.

                 A multi-toothed blade whirling at 8,000 rpm,(238mph tip speed), should spur a sense of caution and respect. It shouldn't instill fear. Armed with the advice, rules, and techniques you'll find here, you'll have the confidence to get the best out of your tablesaw, and safely, too.

Begin a habit-forming checklist to follow before sawing.   California Polytechnic Institute has developed a Code of Safe Practice for a number of woodworking machines as a guide for operators and   supervisors in the industry. We've added to it, and suggest you always   follow the checklist before doing any cutting with your tablesaw in the shop.

·    Remove from the saw table all scrap materials, tools, fasteners, and other debris. Also clear a 2' perimeter all around the saw (more where you'll stand if ripping long stock).
·    Use the blade that best suits the job (never a crosscut blade for ripping or vice versa), and make sure it's sharp.
·    Check the arbor nut for tightness and the blade itself for chipped teeth, cracks, and other defects.
·    Do all of this with the machine unplugged.
·    Set the blade height. Flat-ground blades should extend no more than 1/4" above the wood. Hollow-ground or planer blades must be raised as high as possible to avoid binding.  Inspect all of your saw's safety devices (the blade guard, splitter, and anti-kickback device, if present) for proper operation.
·    The blade guard must move up and down freely to accommodate different wood thicknesses.
·    Double-check the location and condition of the on/off switch.  Realign the electrical cord to avoid tripping over it.  Set the fence to align parallel to the blade at the width of the cut.  Have safety glasses ready to wear, or if cutting material that tends to chip, a full-face shield.

Because a tablesaw gets so much use in woodworking, turning it on to make a cut becomes as automatic as flipping on a light switch. But it shouldn't. Ponder this advice:

You've thought it through, now get in position to saw You've got everything on hand, you've gone through the checklist and you've thought through all your cuts.   You're set to saw. And as you do, keep the following in mind.
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              Tip of the Day
Handy lubricant storage

When driving a nail the wood often splits. The same happens if you drive screws without drilling pilot holes first.

TIP: Coat nails with beeswax or paraffin before nailing. Rubbing lubricant into the threads of wood screws makes them easier to set. Also,
keep lubricant handy by storing it in a 3/8"-diameter X 3/4"-deep hole drilled in the hammer handle. Melt beeswax or paraffin on a stove,    then pour it into the hole.

—From the WOOD® magazine shop

ATTENTION:   Many thanks go out to all those who contributed to the chair fund.  Enough money was donated to purchase 15 new chairs.  The club now has 30 chairs of it’s own.

MONTHLY DRAWING: The drawing was done for two gifts since one was not done last month.  Loyd Murphy was a winner and chose the skill saw blade and Larry shockley also won and chose the level.
Recall Notice for Roto Zip Spiral Saws

The recall includes Revolution®, Rebel™ and Solaris™ model Spiral SawTM power tools. The brand name and "ROTOZIP SPIRAL SAW" are written on the side of the tools. The saws are mostly black or red. The recalled saws include the serial numbers listed below:

Saw Model
Serial Number Range
Revolution®  01 through 1,145,000
Rebel™ 01 through 415,000
Solaris™ 01 through 270,000

For more information, contact the Roto Zip Tool Corp. toll-free at (800) 920-1467 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT any day of the week, or visit the firm's web site at www.rotozip.com

March Program:
Ray Hughes form Lenox Saw company and Doug Walston from Precision Saw and Tool at 1055 Mt View rd, Morrison, TN will be presenting the program for our club in March.  The program will cover general blade selection and use of the band saw.


Scott Phillips Video Help sessions

Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft

WOOD ONLINE newsletter

Falls Mill

Appalachain Center for the Arts

Forest Products Lab. 1999 Wood Handbook

Find A Tree - Hangman Style!    Tree identification game...

Woodworker's Journal

WOOD Online TVWW page

Kevin's Woodturnings

The Oldham Company

The Woodworker's Choice

Russell Brown's Web Page

Saw Blade Sharpening Services: Branching Out is now offering their services as a drop off spot to have your saw blades sharpened.  The blades will be picked up (Tuesdays), sharpened, and dropped back off at Branching Out.  The Leitz Tooling Systems out of Collierville, TN will do the sharpening.  Call (393-0525) or stop by for details.


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