Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
     Vol. 18/ Issue 9         September  2003        Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, September 16th, 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.

Coffee County Fair
The fair date is Sept. 15 through 20-- .  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 (19th & 20th). Click HERE to visit the fair.

Gruetli-Laager Great Outdoors events happens on Oct 17 & 18.


We welcome Dick Wollam to the club, Dick is from Winchester and says he has many woodworking interests.
Great that you joined us Dick!

September Program:
The program this month will be on making and decorating bandsaw boxes and will be presented by Ray Torstenson.

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.


        As of this month we have 137 members in the TVW,   33 of those have joined us in the past year, if my math is correct that's almost a 25% increase.
        So far this year our attendance at our meetings has averaged 62 members, this count is from our grand door prize sign-up sheets and doesn't count our guest.
        Our all time attendance record was in March 2003 with 70 members and 9 guests.  Wow that was a roomfull !

Way to go TVW !

Tip of the Month

After I stained one side of a
paneled door, I was looking for a
way to hold it so I could stain the
other side. Because I had
mitered the corners of the door
frame, I had some triangular
cutoffs in my scrap bin that were
just what I needed.

The triangular scraps support the piece being stained only on
their "peaks". Drilling holes in the cutoffs and inserting a dowel helps keep
the blocks from tipping over. You can adjust this simple jig for any width
project by sliding the blocks along the dowel. For larger pieces,
simply use a longer piece of dowel.

                 —Norman Crowfoot, Tucson, Ariz.


Taken from the "Woodworker's Guild of  Georgia" newsletter

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I would like to talk about shop first aid kits. If you don't have one, do yourself a favor and get one before you use your shop again. In March of this year, I responded to a question about first aid kits on the Guild web site message board. I said that my kit consisted of some 4x4 gauze, tape and band-aids. I said this is all you need because you should never put yourself in a
position to get seriously injured, such as cutting off body parts so the items in my kit should be all you would ever need.
After reading some other responses by Mike Schwarz, Tom Wilkinson, Jim Dillon and Mike Campbell, who asked the question in the first place, I realized how wrong I was. — not about never putting yourself in a position to cut off body parts, but about not needing other items in a shop first aid kit.

Here are some suggestions of what to include in your kit:

· Small mirror (to see how to get objects out of eye)
· 2x2 and 4x4 gauze pads
· 3M transpore tape (to reinforce Band-Aid in certain spots)
· Saline spray (for removal and soothing of dust in the nose)
· Eye wash
· Ace bandage (for sprains or use as a tourniquet)
· Instant ice pack
· Tweezers (for removing splinters)
· Magnifying glass or glasses (for removing splinters)
· Triple antibiotic ointment
· Assorted Band-Aid
· Tape
· Hydrogen peroxide
· Telephone number of favorite E.R. — if need arises, call ahead so they
    will be able to prepare for your arrival
· Large zip lock bag — if you ever cut off a body part, you can put it on
ice and put in zip lock bag and take to the E.R with you so it can be re-attached
· Fire extinguisher. — something we often don't think about, but equally

We need to have a main power cut off switch near the door. In an emergency, you can cut off all power in shop in case of fire or other disasters. We hope you never need any of these items, but it’s comforting just knowing they are there in your shop, if the need ever arises.

Oldham Tool Co

I want to thank Paul Serina from the Oldham Tool Co. for the wonderful items that he donated to the club for a giveaway.  I was over in W. Jefferson, NC last month and paid a visit on Paul.  It is amazing how many people are involved in making a router bit or saw blade.  I’ll try and put together a story for everyone by next month’s newsletter.  If any of you readers are looking for some quality tooling or your router or saw, give Oldham a chance.



Maurice Ryan brought in a really old violin that he played as a child a long time ago.  It had many cracks and was in very poor condition and he asked Bob Reese to look at it and tell him if it was worth fixing.  It was and Bob fixed it and Maurice showed pictures of before it was fixed and after it was fixed and the violin not only looks good now it also sounds good.

James Coulson made a table that was featured in last months Wood Magazine.  He made it out of Cherry and mixed two different colors of stain to get the color he wanted and than finished with Deft.

Ray Cole brought in pictures of a kitchen he renovated for customers of his.

Doyle McConnell brought in a large natural edge bowl turned out of Wormy Red Maple.

Henry Davis brought in a gadget that he made after seeing and using one at Maurice’s shop.  It was a piece of plywood with a saw blade cut in the edge, so you can fit it over your saw blade when changing blades and prevent it from moving when you are tightening or loosening the blade.

Jim Van Cleave brought a work in process.  It will be a tilt top table with pedestal and 3 legs with ball and claw feet.  It has a birdcage to hold top and the top are made out of Black Walnut with scallops around its edge.  He had some of the scallops carved and sanded and others to do yet. The top is 27 inches and he made a fixture with 3 rollers on it and put his router on sled and held rotor in place and turns table by hand and kept changing position until he had it the correct size.  He also used the rotor to put a cove all the way around it.  He drew the lines where he wants the scallops with a template and used a Dremel tool to cut away some of the scrap and than carved the rest.

Gary Runyon found a use for some of his scrap Cherry wood he made Cherry boxes with sliding tops.  He used minwax and Teac oil to finish them putting it on with steel wool size 0000.  He also turned a darning egg; small weaving needles and a Cherry threaded box for the needles. He finished the inside of the boxes before he glued them.

Harold Hewgley turned a vase out of Palonia Royal Princess wood.  He finished it with high gloss polyurethane.

Bob Lowance carved an Indian Mask and he also went to John C. Campbell Folk school and he carved a cowboy and a Santa.  He finished the mask with oils and linseed oil and all the carvings were made from BassWood.

Dave Whyte showed a bending brake he made for bending metal and this was not made out of his usual Walnut since he ran out of Walnut.  He also made a bending jig for flat metal and it did have walnut on the ends of it.

Harry May carved a dogs head on a piece of wormy Buckeye and put on a walking stick.  He carved another walking stick with an English Bull Dog’s head and an owl, snake, turtle and upside down sea horse and a wood spirit carved in it.  He also showed a mule that he carved.

Bob Reese made a violin out of Birdseye Maple which took him a year to finish.  The Maple was in the shop for about 45 years.  His wife played it and it sounded very good.  He also made a tool sharpener based on the Wolverine sharpener.  He made it mostly out of wood and said it was very easy to make.

Loyd Ackerman went to Norway last month and wanted to bring back sample of type of bowls they turn but they were to expensive.  He did bring two bowls that he turned out of Black Walnut.  His wife had purchased a plant stand she liked and after seeing it he decided to make one like it, his was made out of Walnut with the center of the top made out of marble.  He did everything but the legs on the lathe.

Newton Wright 12 years ago found a book of musical instruments and out of it he made a Mountain Teardrop fiddle.  He carved the end of neck for an image of his dog.  He also made a Spill Plane like he saw on the Wood Wright program.  You make peels of wood from it to start a fire with.

Ross Roepke brought in a picture of a solid Mahogany modern bed design that he is making.  It uses full 2-inch thick pieces of Mahogany to make it.  The original cost $3200.00 and the wood to make his has cost him $300.00. He cut some of the pieces for it and has about 5 hours work in it so far.


Stones River Woodworkers Club will meet at the Farm Bureau Insurance Building, 818 S. Church Street (Highway 231) Murfreesboro, TN at 7:00 PM.  The Stones River Woodworkers will have their September. meeting on 9/23/03.

Harry Hodge, Stones River Woodworkers Club


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Comes with a few extra disks
It has the stand to go with it.
Contact:  Tom Gillard Jr.
455-6651(H), 393-0525(W)


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  SEE YOU ON THE 16th!