Dec 02
Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
     Vol. 17/ Issue 12         December  2002         Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, December 17th, 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.

          Design: Alice Berry          454-3815                 Finishing:    Phil Bishop           967-4626
          Turning: Tom Church        967-4460                 Carving:      Harry May           962-0215
          Sharpening: Bob Reese     728-7974                 Joinery:       Ross Roepke       455-9140
          Health and Safety: Maurice Ryan   962-1555

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


The club would like to thank the members of the nominating committee.  They did an excellent job this year!!
        Members were:
    Tom Cowan, Ray Torstenson, and Matt Brothers.

                Nominees are:

                        President:  Doyle McConnell
                        Vice president: Ken Gould
                        Secretary:   Barbara Keen
                        Treasurer:   Henry Davis
                        Newsletter editor:  Tom Gillard Jr.
                        Publicity chairman: Loyd Ackerman

These people were elected unanimously.  We would like to thank them for serving in these positions this year.  Please help the VP, as this is the most important position of the club.  There would be no monthly programs with out him.

Wasn't that a GREAT party!  It is officially the Christmas season now that Richard has sung "O Holy Night".  There were about 98 members and guest at the party.  This is the best ever. I think Hugh was getting a little wore out in the "Santa" role he was playing.  The gifts were wonderful and plentiful. Many thanks to everyone that brought a gift and for all the hard work of so many that made last night a good start to this holiday season.
Photos below and more in the GALLERY.

When you look around and see the diversity we have in this club, it is astounding.  We have talent from whittling to fine home building and everything in-between.  Everyone in this club is here because they want to learn, and more importantly they want to help others learn.  The people that bring items in for show and tell are rightfully proud of the what they have made, but I have seen it happen more than once, where an item will spark the interest of someone else and this new person will create something new and interesting, too.  This new person will sometimes find a new way of doing something that hadn't been thought of yet.  This is the most important part of OUR club, it keep our minds thinking of  new and better ways of doing things.  Please continue to enrich our view of woodworking by not being intimidated by anyone, bring in your work!

Merry Christmas,
Tom G.


Montezuma thought chocolate gave him wisdom.

When 17th century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus named the chocolate tree, he pulled out all the stops. The word Theobroma, its genus, translates to "food of the gods." Its species name, cacao, describes the product derived from its beans. And now, chocolate lovers, the rest of the story.

It seems that Hernando Cortes and his soldiers witnessed a strange ceremony whileamong the Aztecs of Mexico in the early 1500s. Emperor Montezuma, considered a living god by his subjects, sat sipping from a golden chalice. Each time it touched his lips, the crowd hushed. The dark brown, bitter chocolate, the Spaniards were told, brought him wisdom because it came from beans originating in paradise.  Actually, the beans came from large pods produced by a short hardwood that grew throughout the region. The Indians occasionally used the tree's reddish brown wood for rough construction, but its beans were so valuable that the natives turned them into currency—four bought a wild turkey, 100 a slave.

 Soon, the explorers had collected a supply of beans to take back to Spain. They also took a special recipe discovered in a sanctuary. The recipe sweetened the bitter bean brew with sugar and vanilla. By the mid-1500s, the new cocoa was the European rage. The English and Dutch added milk and established chocolate houses to serve devotees. In adopting the stimulant, the French proclaimed it an aphrodisiac.  Today, the beans of the cacao tree still yield the basic ingredient for chocolate, as well as cocoa butter for soaps and toiletries. And that is the rest of the story.        (Wood OnLine)

We would like to acknowledge our guest that visited us last month:  Jim Nichols, George Van Gourder, Carter Henley and Amy Bunch.
                Amy is no longer a visitor, she is our newest member!!                                                 

Drill-Press Dust Collector

Wood chips and sawdust don’t stay around long when you hook up this clamp-down collector
to your shop vacuum or dust-collection system. You’ll breathe a lot easier, and cut down
cleanup time, too. Use the Exploded View drawing to construct the collector from 1/4" plywood
and 3/4" stock. Cut or sand 10° bevels across the top and sides of the 3/4"-thick back, where
shown below. To reduce sawdust buildup at table level, sand a bevel across the front edge of
the bottom piece.

                                             Side View            Bottom View       Top View
(wood On Line)


Tom Gillard got a new lathe and made a salt and pepper shakers from cedrus cedar wood obtained on Don Shadow’s farm.  He also had a scrapping plane that he got on E-Bay.  He had a laminated boat tiller that the glue didn’t stick to because he had soaked the wood and the glue got diluted.

Ken Gould made a spalted Walnut bowl from wood he had gotten from Loyd Ackerman.  He also made a jig like Don Whyte had at the seminar.  He made a finger jointed toolbox using the jig, which he made from Sassafras.

Doyle McConnell made a vase from Box Elder and made another one, which he left some bark on it.  He also shown 2 hand mirrors he had made for Christmas gifts.  On his vases he uses 40 % polyurethane and 60% mineral sprits.  He wipes it on with the lathe going at a slow speed.  He also made a laser light jig for setting thickness of walls of vases etc.   He also made a tool for holding crooked bar cutting tool instead of strapping to your arm.

Henry Davis brought in his finished spalted top keepsake box. Henry showed a band saw resaw guide, which goes in the miter gauge slot.  He uses spring clamps to hold it in place. He made it out of cherry.

Amy Bunch made a clock which was scroll sawed out of wood from a scrap pile.

Loyd Ackerman showed a turned Black Walnut plate that he started in 1998 at Falls Mill.

Hugh Hurst turned a Black Walnut candleholder and a Black Walnut lamp and a Black Walnut natural edge bowl. He also made a Cherry bowl with a textured edge.  He used an engraver with a # 8 nail rounded off in it.

Jim Roy  made a curio cabinet, which he brought one of the doors to show.  It was made out of Red Gum.  He brought a picture of the whole curio cabinet.

Ray Torstenson made a box out of Kabota and he finished with tongue oil and had to put it under a lamp to dry.

Kenneth Clark made a Black Walnut display shelves for hanging on wall for nick knacks.  He used some tongue and grove ceiling boards that he had.

Jim Van Cleave brought back the table he had all in parts last month.  The table is together and is made with Black Walnut and a Cherry bead for trim.  He uses varnish for his finishes.

Charles Walker made a guitar out of Red Cedar.

Geoff Roehm made a terrarium out of Black Walnut and finished with lacquer.  He showed a guitar he made a year ago out of Spruce, burled Walnut, Mahogany and Paufero.  He finished with Shellac flakes from India and Walnut oil.

Bob Leonard brought in two unknown pieces of wood and hopes someone can name identify them.

From the Treasurer:
                        Dues are due...
Single  membership:  $10.00
Family membership:  $15.00                                        Please see Henry to take care of this matter, thanks

Craftsman 10 in. Table Saw $250.00
Craftsman Wood Shaper $175.00
14 Shaper Cutters $100.00
Central Machinery 8 in. grinder $75.00
Contact Henry Davis    393-3191

12”  Sears Wood Turning Lathe.
 36” between centers, ½ hp motor, 4 speeds;
 Comes with the following items:
6” & 12” tool rest, 4” faceplate, table and a speed reduction assembly.
Contact Tom Gillard (455-6651 or 393-0525)

Heavy duty wood turning lathe, 18 3/4" swing, 35" between centers, made by J.A. Fay in
Cincinnati in early 1900's, on heavy timber frame, 3/4 hp single phase motor,
3 different length tool rests, two faceplates, can be rigged for outboard turning, labor intensive, not for sissies,
 Contact:  Jim Van Cleave    455-8150


Members sites:

Doyle McConnell's page

Loyd Ackerman's Page

Falls Mill

Russell Brown's Web Page

Geoff Roehm

Resourse Sites:

American Association of Woodturners

WOOD ONLINE newsletter

Scott Phillips Video Help sessions

Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft

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

 The Leitz Tooling Systems has moved to Muscle Shoals, AL but will still do the sharpening. The blades will have to be shipped UPS as the salesman doesn't call on me as much now that the company has moved.  This cost will have to be passed along.  Sorry.
                                                         Call (393-0525) or stop by for details.


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  SEE YOU ON THE 17th!
Tom Gillard Jr.