Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
     Vol. 18/ Issue 7         July  2003        Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, July 15th, 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.

          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:          Doyle McConnell
                                                     V. President:         Ken Gould
                                                     Secretary:          Barbara Keen
                                                     Treasurer:          Henry Davis
                                                     Publicity:          Loyd Ackerman
                                                     Newsletter Editor  Tom Gillard Jr.


Please remember, in your thoughts and prayers, all our Troops heading for the Middle East.

Don't forget about the club give-away this year.
We have a Tormek sharpening machine for some lucky winner at the Christmas party.

New Business:

The Fall Seminar, “Laws of Woodturning” has been scheduled for October 25, 2003.  Subject matter offered will be both basic and intermediate from the artistic and practical application.  Also, included will be the importance of determining the speed of the lathe. Loyd’s example of the “exploding bowl” emphasizes the need for correct speed.  The location of the class and more details of the seminar will be forthcoming.

Jim Van Cleave announced that he would be teaching others the art of making cockbead sometime the last of July or the first of August.  A sign-up sheet was provided to determine interest and possible dates.

Andy Weaver announced that there is a festival, “Great Outdoor Week-end on the Mountain” being planned for October 17,18 & 19 in the Gruetli Park.  Members are invited to participate with demonstrations and sale of craft items.  See him for further details.

There was a good story on NPR the other day.  Click here for the link.  Maybe we should try this again.  I know we use to do this many years ago...


                           Duck! Here Comes the Greenheart

Explosive as well as poisonous, greenheart does have some good qualities–like
durability that rivals teak’s.
Sawyers in Guyana, Surinam, and Venezuela have nasty enough work in the tropical
heat day in and day out without worrying about exploding logs on top of it all. But
when a load of greenheart comes to the mill, they treat the logs like a truckload of
ticking time bombs.

The species Ocotea rodiei, it seems, has an usual tendency to split apart so quickly
and with such force that pieces of the log can fly when air hits the saw kerf. In at least
one instance, sections of a greenheart log actually pierced a mill roof. To prevent
such mishaps, mill hands secure the section of the log that has already passed
 through the saw with a stout chain.

 As if controlling greenheart’s explosive tendency isn’t a scary enough situation, all who work the wood also must avoid
 getting splinters. That’s because greenheart, while nontoxic and nonirritating to the touch, somehow causes severe
 infection when splinters of it penetrate the skin.

 "Why do these lumberman even bother with the wood?" For several reasons. Besides being a pretty wood, greenheart
 ranks second only to teak in its natural resistance to marine borers and other insects attacks.

 It also has high shock resistance, great crushing strength, a high density, and takes a polish with little effort. Such
 attributes attract ship and boat builders. Before man-made materials, fishing rod makers liked greenheart because it
 bent without breaking.

 Illustration: Jim Stevenson.

Show & Tell:

Loyd Ackerman showed a walnut vessel turned on center noting that the pith had been removed to prevent cracking.  The excellent finish was 3 coats sanding sealer and 6 coats of Deft. He also showed a purple heart bowl with a burnt edge.  The edge was made by holding cardboard against the vessel surface, while the bowl was turning on the lathe.

Hugh Hurst showed a beautiful Mesquite natural edge bowl.  He noted that the Texas wood cuts as if it were butter.  He also is in the process of making a cannonball bed and showed the practice posts that he had turned.  Often, the practice turnings can eliminate the errors that may occur in turning.

Bob Leonard brought his version of the “wedgie” along with the article in a recent publication about the virtues of using this when planting.

Doug Dunlap brought a plant stand constructed with the use of splines of plywood.  The beautiful stand was constructed of cherry and walnut with a boiled linseed oil finish. He expressed appreciation to Henry Davis for the seminar recently held.

Bill Davis brought a maple plant stand, finished with 3 coats of Deft.

Bill Duncan showed a plant stand top. The top was finished with 3 coats of tung oil, applied by pouring the oil on the surface and rubbing with the heel of his hand.

Ross Roepke gave hints concerning glue-up processes on multiple part assemblies. He also showed push sticks made for the table saw to cut small pieces safely.

Bob Reese brought a violin, which was his 15th.  His wife played it beautifully.  This instrument had a visible glue joint on the back, which had been cleverly disguised with an artist painting.  Also, his hand-powered car for his great grandchild was intriguing to all the “little boys”.  The walnut music stand with adjustable positions was beautiful.

Helpful hold-downs

Keep your fingers safe and your workpiece steady with a few pieces of wood and the turn of a T-nut.

For drilling jobs, it’s essential that you hold the workpiece securely to the table and against a
fence before engaging the bit. With smaller workpieces you may not have clamps with the
necessary jaw depth, and, as shown in the example left, you don’t want to get your fingers
close to knuckle-busting circle cutters. Hold-downs are the answer, and here’s a version that
will only set you back the cost of the knobs and all-thread rod. (Many woodworking catalogs
carry such knobs.) Use the full-size pattern and drawing, below, to make a hold-down.

 We drilled three holes into each side of our drill-press table for accommodating workpieces of various sizes. Each hole
 is outfitted with a T-nut for accepting the 1/4" all-thread rod.


June Program

Ken Gould introduced our guest, Howard Rust, Jr, of Northside Clocks who presented an interesting and informative program regarding the history of clock making, noting that the art originated in China in 1365 and was first practiced in this country in 1750.  The first clock maker, Eli Terry paid the fees for Seth Thomas and another gentleman to come to this country.  They were indentured to him for a period of 10 years. Only 3 clocks were made each year.  The internal works were wood with the use of quarter-sawn oak as front and back plates and apple for all the gears.  The apple wood is extremely hard, holding up well through much use.  The internal works of a clock of this period evidenced this.  Each member had the opportunity to examine this.

FREE Woodworking Charts

If you're like most woodworkers,
you have at one time or another
ruined an expensive drill bit or
cutter by running it at too high a
speed in your drill press. So how
do you go about finding out the
recommended operating speed
for any given tool so this doesn't
happen? Up until now, it's been almost impossible!


September 22 thru 27 -- Coffee County Fair.  TVWW has a building in the Morton Village section of the fairgrounds.  Morton Village is behind the livestock barn and the main arena area.  We will be exhibiting and demonstrating there during the week but will have a concentrated effort on Friday and Saturday (26,27th).


Wood for Sale:
Contact Ross Roepke regarding 2000 board feet of cherry and 1000 board feet of walnut.

Sears: 6 x 48" belt / 9" dia disk sander
Comes with a few extra disks  It has the stand to go with it.
Click here to view some pictures of the sander
Contact:  Tom Gillard Jr.
455-6651(H), 393-0525(W)

*** Beginning with the July 22 2003 meeting the Stones River Woodworkers Club will meet at the Farm Bureau Insurance Building, 818 S. Church Street (Highway 231) Murfreesboro,TN at 7:00 PM.


10 % OFF Fine Woodworking
Books from Taunton Press
…We’re open Monday thru Saturday


  SEE YOU ON THE 15th!