Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 17/ Issue3 March 2002 Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
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.
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
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.
Jim and Lin Kemp
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
$10 for singles
$15 for families
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.
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.
*** THE TABLESAW ***
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:
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
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:
||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
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