Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
   Vol. 20/ Issue 3               March 2005                Editor: Tom Gillard Jr. 

Meeting Notice:
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, March15 th 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:          Loyd Ackerman
                                                                 V. President:        Tom Cowan
                                                                Secretary:          Chuck Taylor
                                                                 Treasurer:          Henry Davis
                                                                  Publicity:          Larry Bowers
                                                                  Newsletter Editor:  Tom Gillard Jr.

Please remember, in your thoughts and prayers, all our Troops around the world and those on the way home.


Calendar of Events

April 15-17: Dogwood Festival –Winchester

May 14:  Turning Bee –– Winchester

April 21: Picnic –– Belvedere Falls Mill

September 19: CC Fair –– 24 Manchester

October:  Fall Seminar –– To Be Determined

December 9th:: Holiday Party / 20th: Anniversary celebration at American Legion in Tullahoma.


Show & Tell

Ross Roepke:  brought an oak table and explained the details of how he made the front section. The front, including the drawer fronts, were made from one single piece, making the entire front section matching in grain pattern. He also showed a cross he had made for the church

Jim Van Cleave displayed a walnut relief carving of a vine. He also brought a bed headboard of his own design, finished with varnish. He had carved rosebuds on the posts. The walnut came from his grandfather’s farm.

Steve Shores brought some mahogany spoons that he had made and a mirror he turned, with a decretive carving on the back

Dick Wollam brought and discussed a yellow pine carving of a duck painted with acrylic.

Loyd Murphy brought two goblets made from green cedar.

Tom Cowan showed and discussed a scrapbook put together by John Sargent. The scrapbook was a collection of projects John had made over the years.

Chuck Taylor brought a bowl made from box elder. He also brought a bed and a chair from a set of doll furniture being made for his granddaughter’s third birthday.

Library Project

Franklin County Library: The cabinets are installed.  Take a look at them.  This is another reason we should be proud of our Club.

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How to edge-joint bowed stock

It's a basic woodworking rule: Boards need one straight edge before you can work with them. If your board is warped by less than 1/2" or so, it's simple enough to power up a jointer and straighten the edge. But when you're faced with a seriously bowed work piece, try the tricks here to straighten things out.
  1. Before you joint a board that's bowed by more than 1/2" along its length, cut the board to shorter lengths, if possible. This may reduce the bow of each work piece to 1/2" or less, allowing you to straighten the work pieces with your jointer in the typical fashion. And, you'll get more usable stock out of the board. In the example below, a board with 3/4" bow yields three boards each with 1/4" bow.

2. If you can't cut your board to shorter lengths, use this method to joint long, bowed stock. (We do not recommend you try this procedure with work pieces longer than 6' if you have a 6" jointer, or longer than 8' if you own an 8" jointer. For these pieces, use the procedure described in Step 4.)

First, set your jointer for a 1/16" cut. Then, place your board on the jointer infeed table with its concave edge down. Make several passes on one end of the board. Each pass should remove more material along the edge than the pass before it. As the jointed surface of the edge approaches the center of the board, turn the board around and repeat this procedure on the other end. The jointed edges should nearly meet in the center. By this point the overall bow should be less than 1/8", shown below. Make one or two complete passes to straighten the edge.

3. Next, read the grain of the board to determine which end to feed first so the grain runs "downhill" and away from the cutter head, as shown below. This helps reduce grain tearout.

Now, decrease the cutting depth to 1/32", and make a final pass along the entire edge of the board. If the grain runs every which way, slow down your feet rate to reduce tearout to a minimum.



4. For boards too long for the method described in Step 2, or for short boards bowed 1/2" or more, try this technique. With a straightedge or chalk line, mark a line as shown at right. Then, cut along this line with a portable circular saw or jigsaw. If you closely follow the line you should be able to joint the edge straight and smooth in one pass, as described in Step 3.

5. Because of the position of defects in a board, you may find it necessary to straighten its convex edge. This could happen when the best wood in a board is along its convex edge, as shown below. Then, it often makes sense to straighten that edge first so you can join the good edge to other work pieces or rip thin strips from the best wood and work toward the lesser-quality wood.

Do not attempt to straighten a convex edge on a jointer, even if the convex edge is bowed by less than 1/2". To straighten any convex edge, follow the method described in Step 4.




More joining pointers to keep in mind

The grain of highly figured woods, such as bird's-eye maple, can tear out quite easily, especially if your jointer knives aren't as sharp as they should be. At these times, slow down your feed rate to a crawl (just an inch or two per second) and take light cuts (1/32" or less).

It may be difficult to tell if you're getting a complete cut at these shallow depths, so try this trick. Mark a wavy pencil line along the entire edge, as shown right, and make the cut. Any remaining pencil marks tell you that you need to repeat the cut.

Here's a good rule of thumb that may actually save your thumb. Whenever you edge-joint a board that is not as wide as your jointer's fence is high, use a push stick, as shown at right.

Remember to reposition your jointer's fence across the width of the tables from time to time. You'll get more life from your knives because they will wear more evenly along their lengths.



Written by: Bill Krier with Jan Svec

Illustrations: Brian Jensen

Wood On-Line

The Club will be selling tickets for two raffles to be held at the Club picnic on May 21 at Falls Mill.  Items to be raffled are the Delta Dust Collector donated by the Delta development team that did the program in February and a Jet Mini Lathe donated by General Industrial Supply.   Tickets will be on sale at the Club meetings in March, April, and May and again at the picnic itself.  Consider this as a donation to the Club with a chance to win a great prize.
Tickets will be available for $3 each or 2 for $5 to Club members and guests.  There will be two boxes.  One for white tickets and another for red.  Purchasers are to write their names on the back of the ticket half to be put into the appropriate box.   You do not need to be present to win.
Funds from the raffles will be put into the Club treasury and earmarked for purchase of audio/video equipment and support of Club celebration events.
Larry Bowers will be selling the tickets.



The program this month will be presented by Mr. Wayne Souter, from the Woodline USA company located in LaVergne, TN.  He will be showing and demonstrating  his precision dovetail joinery system

See you on the 15th.

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