Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 19/ Issue 12
Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
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.
967-4835 Design Phil
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
December 9th-19th Pinocchio Play
VP: Tom Cowan
Seceratary: Chuck Taylor
Treasurer: Henry Davis
Publicity: Larry Bowers
Newsletter Editor: Tom Gillard Jr.
Click HERE to see more of the party
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
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
Chris Arnold reports.
To watch the video and listen to the interview click here
SHOW & TELL
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.
Donations to the club have been made by these companies.