Tennessee Valley Woodworkers

   Vol. 19/ Issue 12                    December 2004                       Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

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

  Tom Cowan    967-4835    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       Jointery
Maurice Ryan  962-1555   Health and Safety 

List of Club Officers

                                                                        President:          Ken Gould
                                                                        V. President:        Barbara Keen
                                                                        Secretary:          Chuck Taylor
                                                                        Treasurer:          Henry Davis
                                                                        Publicity:          Larry Bowers
                                                                        Webmaster:    Richard Gulley
                                                                        Newsletter Editor:  Tom Gillard Jr.

Please remember, in your thoughts and prayers, all of the Military Troops serving our country.

Calendar of Events:

December 9th-19th  Pinocchio Play

New Officers for 2005
 TN Valley Woodworkers Club

                                                                    President:                 Loyd Ackerman
                                                                    VP:                          Tom Cowan
                                                                    Seceratary:               Chuck Taylor
                                                                    Treasurer:                 Henry Davis
                                                                    Publicity:                   Larry Bowers
                                                                    Newsletter Editor:     Tom Gillard Jr.

Notice for the Treasure:
It's time to pay our club dues again.  Once again because of your generous contributions to our yearly auction, some income from the coffee fund and our ever growing membership we can keep our dues at the low price of $10.00 for single membership and $15.00 for family membership.   Our Treasurer ask that when you pay your dues you sign the paid list, this way he has a record that you have paid.  He also wants to thank the 95% of you that pay your dues in a timely manner.  To the 5%  that just don't get around to taking care of their dues, along about March you are endanger of being dropped from the membership list, so if for some reason you cannot pay your dues before next March please contact our Treasurer.  If you wish you can mail your dues to our Treasurer.  His address is:
 Henry Davis247 Delight LaneTullahoma, Tn 37388

Wasn't that a wonderful Christmas party!!  There were around 84 members and their guests.  Great friends and really good food. Can this club throw a party or what?

Richard Gulley
This year's "Outstanding Member" award recipient

Click HERE to see more of the party pictures.

For Sale

Sears, 2-spd, 12” bandsaw.  1-1/8th hp: $225
Rockwell 4” 3 blade jointer:  $225
Bench Grinder 6”   ½ hp:  $40
5” Sears Bench Grinder:  $20
2 New Spray guns:  $40
See: David Whyte

Table-Saw Technology Aims to Save Fingers
All Things Considered, December 7, 2004 · Table saws are great at ripping through wood, but the power tools can also cause serious injuries, sending upwards of 40,000 people to emergency rooms each year. More than 3,000 of those people -- professional woodworkers, hobbyists, students in high school shop class -- suffer amputations.

For four years, inventor Stephen Gass has been trying to get power tool manufacturers to adopt a new technology called "SawStop," designed to stop a saw blade almost instantly after it hits human flesh -- before it can mangle or maim a person's hand.

Gass argues that power toolmakers have an ethical obligation to add the safety device to their saws before thousands more people are seriously injured or maimed. The industry counters that the technology is unproven and may not withstand heavy use, and notes that it would cost tens of millions of dollars to retool assembly lines to incorporate it.

Industry sources say the major manufacturers also worry that adding the safety brake to some table saw models but not others would make them vulnerable to lawsuits.

Frustrated with the industry, Gass is now selling his own line of table saws. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.
To watch the video and listen to the interview click here

December Program
The program this month will be an expanded Show and Tell, where club members are encouraged to bring and show some of their early work and some of their more recent productions.


Chuck Taylor brought a large red maple bowl, an oak CD case he made for a grandchild, and a set of “ABC” blocks made from Bradford pear. All items were finished with lacquer.

Steve Shoresdisplayed some of his beautiful Christmas ornaments and a ladies hand mirror he had made.

Doyle McConnell brought a tapered pedestal column. He discussed the techniques used to make the segment joints and showed the cutter used to form the joints. The finish was lacquer.

Doug Dunlap brought a small box for holding a deck of cards. The cherry and walnut box was decorated with very detailed chip carvings and was finished with spar varnish.

Ross Roepke brought and discussed some various saw blades. He also discussed a new non-vibrating blade design that he had tried. Ross brought a cutting board made from mahogany and finished with oil.

Phil Bishop brought a project he worked on during the Carving Seminar. It was a cornice board with intricate carved details.

Bob Reese showed an old five-stringed banjo he had restored. His estimate was that the banjo was of the Civil War era. He discussed the techniques used in the restoration and especially the techniques used to save the “wear patterns” on the instrument.

Jim Van Cleave expressed his appreciation to Phil Bishop for hosting the Carving Seminar. He brought a mailbox sign that he carved during the seminar.

Richard Wollam displayed a delicate “dolphin” carving mounted on driftwood.

Gary Runyon brought a “knot spindle” made from walnut.

Tom Church brought and discussed a large hollowing tool with a carbide cutting tool design and brass pad to help prevent gouging. He also brought an offset drill/grinder for finish sanding and discussed his preferred sanding discs.

Bob Petry brought and discussed a piece of paulownia wood.

Ken Gould displayed 2 toolboxes with oak frames, cherry panels, and hand-forged handles. He also brought two letter openers made with cocobolo handles and blades of another exotic wood. Ken discussed an accident he had using a very sharp chisel, while working on a walnut bowl.

See you on the 21st.

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