Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
    Vol. 17/ Issue 5               May 2002              Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, May 21st 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.



        Picnic:   June 22nd at Falls Mill
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.

The May meeting of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers will feature Aubrey Lee Ogles, a long time resident of Coffee County. He will be giving us his twist on carving.  His carving has been featured on TV three times and in several magazines.

                 Edge Sander

Sanding by hand often turns what should have been a crisp edge into one that's rounded and uneven.  Reader Phil Otanicar says such round-overs are especially noticeable on the small projects he likes to make. Instead of spending money on a power edge sander, he designed a manual edge sander that clamps to his workbench.

The 12x18" platform supports the piece while you guide it against sandpaper attached to a fence. Three slots in the fence let you slide it up and down to expose fresh sandpaper as needed. Coarse paper is mounted on one side of the fence; the other side has finer paper. Sawdust falls into the space between the fence and platform.


Make the fence first, routing the slots as shown in the four steps of the drawing, left. Rout each slot in three passes—the first about 1/4" deep, and each of the others about 1/4" deeper than the one before. The fence should be symmetrical, so rout both end slots with the router fence and bit at the same setting. When you've finished the end slots, measure carefully, and reset the fence to rout the center slot. Once you've finished routing, lay out carriage-bolt holes in the platform using the slots as a guide. Apply a coat of gel varnish to protect the wood and reduce friction.


We bought 2-1/2x180" rolls of pressure-sensitive adhesive sandpaper, cut 18" lengths, and stuck them to the fence. These rolls are available in
80-320 grit from Supergrit. Call 800/822-4003 for a catalog.


New members

    We would like to welcome Jack and Kathi Rowe of Murfreesboro as our newest members.  Glad you could join us Jack and Kathi.

The Fall Seminar on Joinery
will be held at Dean and Andy's shop on October 19. Ken Gould has agreed to serve as Chairman, with Bob Lowrance and Steve Shores as Committee Members. The presenters will come from the membership.

Halogen Light - A work light that lights up your backyard with the incandescence of a football stadium, causing you to cast a heavy shadow over the area you're working on so that you need to use a flashlight anyway.

Cordless Drill - A device that lessens your chance of electrocution 90% over a standard plug-in tool.

Hammer - In ancient times a hammer was used to inflict pain on ones enemies. Modern hammers are used to inflict pain on oneself.

                 Witch Hazel
The tree of the water witch — A forked branch of witch hazel was said to point out water or wealth.

Never growing more than 30' tall and with a thin trunk that removes its hard, close-grained wood from consideration as
commercial timber, the witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) nonetheless may be the most interesting tree of North America. It has associations with missiles, medicine, and magic.

In its extensive range from Canada's maritime  provinces south to Florida and west to Iowa, it is the tardiest of trees. For instance, witch hazel's delicate golden flowers appear in late autumn, after its faint yellow leaves have dropped. And the fruits that followed last season's flowers only then completely ripen. But just before the snow flies, the fruit ensures witch hazel's continued existence by ejecting, like missiles, its tiny seeds. They travel 25' or more!

However, it wasn't propelling propagation that attracted settlers to the witch hazel. An aromatic plant, the tree was thought to have medicinal qualities, and extracts of its bark, leaves, and twigs were touted as curative. Although this assumption proved false, witch-hazel extract became a popular ingredient in cologne.

To the new arrivals, witch hazel also seemed to resemble the familiar European hazel, which was said to have magical powers. Legend had it that witches could use the hazel tree to locate both wealth and water. So it wasn't uncommon to find someone "witching" for water with a forked hazel

The divining rod had to have grown so that one of the forks had faced north and the other south for exposure to the rising and setting sun. With
a fork in each hand, the water finder let the branch feel the "pull" of hidden water and bend in that direction.


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.

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.



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

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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