Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 21/ Issue 3 March 2006 Editor: Chuck Taylor
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
Will be held, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the
Duck River Electric Building, Decherd, 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: Tom Cowan 967-4835 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
List of Club Officers
The March program will be presented
by Henry Davis, concerning the construction and finishing of a display
table. His program will cover details of the process from material selection
to finishing the project. He will have some slides and also will discuss
the table and it's component parts during the construction phase.
TVW NEWS AND NOTES
WEB SITE NEWS
- The schedule of major events will be posted and updated as they are confirmed.
- The program for the next monthly meeting will be posted as quickly as possible.
- The meeting minutes will be accessible to anyone visiting the site.
- The previous meeting announcements will be posted, in case someone missed the meeting or did not hear the announcements during the meeting.
- Other changes will be made as necessary to best serve the club members.
April 7 – 9. Chairperson - Ken Gould
Picnic: Saturday, May 20. Chairperson - Karen Kerce
Shop Tours: March 25. Contact - Doyle McConnell
Spring Seminar: Saturday, June 17. Chairpersons - Andy Weaver and Dean Lutz
Coffee County Fair: September 18 – 23. Chairperson - Doyle McConnell
Fall Seminar: October (TBD) Chairperson - Matt Brothers
Annual Holiday Party: Friday, December 8. Chairperson - TBD
FUNDRAISING ACTIVITY (WIN A ROUTER)
WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS
(Becoming members at our February meeting)
Ken Burgess, Manchester
Gary and Sandy Penwell, Manchester
NOTE – The current club roster includes
a total of 154 members.
A REMINDER ABOUT CLUB DUES
CLUB BUSINESS CARDS
MEMBER INFORMATION CHANGES
We strive to always keep the club
membership roster up to date. If you have changes to your home address,
phone number or email address please let us know so we can update our membership
list. Contact Henry Davis at 931-393-3191 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennessee Crossroads will feature the wooden toy collection of Crocia Roberson, possibly sometime in April. The exact date is not yet known.
Tennessee Crossroads may be seen on PBS Channel 8 on Thursday evening at 7:00. The featured program is repeated again on Sunday morning.
SHOP TIP OF THE MONTH
(Set your circle cutter without calculating)
I used to dread using my adjustable circle cutter: I had
to figure the radius of the circle (halving odd diameters like 3-7/16"
brought out the calculator), then fuss with a ruler, the pilot bit, and
cutter to set that radius. It was a pain in the neck and required a lot
To eliminate the headaches, I devised the simple fixture, shown in the illustration at the bottom of the page, with a half-scale ruler built right in. After drawing the half-scale on my CAD system, I printed it (you can use the full-size pattern shown below) and had it laminated at an office-supply store. Then, I attached it to the jig with double-faced tape.
If I need a 3-7/16" circle, I simply insert the pilot
bit into the 1/4" hole in the riser block, extend the cutter to the 3-7/16"
mark on the half-scale, and lock it in. When I’m done, the cutter and its
hex-head wrench store in the jig as shown below.
--From the WOOD® magazine Shop
SHOW AND TELL:
Ross Roepke:A Saturday table, step stool, cedar bench, and table with cedar inlay.
Bob Lowrance: Five characters started at a carving school at Lebanon. The carvings were of great detail, both front and back.
Billy May: A detailed mahogany relief carving of Jack Daniels workers.
Ken Burgess: A carving of Madonna from white cedar.
Doyle McConnell: A bowl of Baltic birch plywood (fruit-loop design finish).
Greg Seiber: A butternut hollow vessel and a segmented bowl, made from walnut, cherry and maple.
Bill Davis: Three small maple bowls and a turned box of hedge wood
Jim Van Cleave: A Sugar pine relief carving of a tulip mounted on sassafras backing.
Karen Kerce: A red maple natural edge bowl and a spalted maple bowl.
Dave Whyte: Two band saw boxes mounted on a base.
Felix Rees: Potpourri box, which he used to justify a new band saw and other boxes of ¾, ½ and ¼ scale.
Larry Halbeck: A captain’s chair and a regular chair, part of a dining set that included a total of ten chairs.
Loyd Ackerman: A “Van
Cleave” period hall table with maple
inlays and a corner shelf.
As most of you know the Club now has two “splinter” groups. We have the “Splinter Pickers”. Sometimes called the “Front Porch Pickers” during the Fair and now we have the “Splinter Carvers”.
I had a delightful visit with the Splinter Carver’s at their monthly February meeting. I didn’t go to carve, just to visit. I have tried my hand at carving and just don’t seem to have a knack for it and besides I usually end up wearing Band-Aids for the next week. I never did get anyone to admit to being the leader of the group, but since they were meeting a Phil Bishop’s shop I assumed he was the head Splinter, at least for that meeting.
As the Gang arrived
and said their hellos each found a good spot to spread their various knives
and gouges etc. Not having carving to keep me busy I visited everyone
to see what they were doing. Wow ! What a diversity of projects
and equipment. Some were helping or advising others and every one
seem interested in helping out those that needed a little help.
The buzz at the meeting was that the Dogwood Festival Committee had given their “OK” for the Carvers to carver the Dogwood Festival Logo. And in fact, might even be interested in purchasing them.
Billy May brought an interesting project, a Butter Nut log about twelve feet long from which he said he planned to carve a totem pole. I assumed it would be a joint project the Splinter Carver’s would undertake. There wasn’t any carving on the Totem that night as the biggest project was getting the log off the truck. We will be looking forward to watching the totem being cut from the log.
If you ever had any desire to learn to carve, this may be the best opportunity you will ever have. Not only will you be tutored by some master carvers, but also it’s FREE! As a bonus you might even get to try your hand at carving a totem. Even if you don’t carve, pay these meetings a visit. You will be welcomed.
Submitted by: Henry Davis
See you on the 21st.
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