Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
Vol. 21/ Issue 12 December 2006 Editor: Chuck Taylor
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
will be held December 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the
University of Tennessee Space Institute
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
----------- DON'T FORGET THAT
WE ARE MEETING AT A NEW LOCATION -----------
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SPACE INSTITUTE
(if you need directions, please click and go to the TVW homepage and view the directions ? map)
COME AND BE A PART OF OUR DECEMBER PROGRAM
Here is how it will go down:
• No Rules
• Bring anything you can get through the door
• Pictures are acceptable (CD, Jump Drive, Hard Copy, Chalk board (You bring the chalk and board)
• Bring those things you didn't want anyone to see (you can even put someone else's name on it or slip it on the table when no one is looking)
• Bring your Successes and your Failures (OLD and NEW)
• Everyone is encouraged to participate and make this an unforgettable SHOW ? TELL.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
(Becoming members at our November meeting)
John Malaspino - Sewanee
Sam and Linda Mann - Tullahoma
Paula Thielen - Lebanon
Ron and Linda Toney - New Market, AL
(Be sure to meet our new members and help make them feel a part of our TVW Club)
(TO VIEW THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING CLUB EVENTS AND NEWS -- VISIT THE TVW WEB SITE BY CLICKING HERE)
TVW NEWS AND NOTES
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2007
The slate of 2007 officers were
elected at the November meeting. Your officers for 2007 are as follows:
President ------------------ Tom Gillard, Jr.
Vice president -------------- Matt Brothers
Treasurer: ------------------- Jim Steadman
Secretary: ----------------- Bob Lowrance *
Publicity Chairman: ----- Larry Bowers *
Splinters Editor: --------- Chuck Taylor *
* Denotes hold-over from 2006
Thanks to the nomination committee (Henry Davis, Tom Cowan, Loyd Ackerman and Chuck Taylor) for their efforts in presenting the slate of officers for 2007. Also, thanks to the 2006 officers for another good year for our club.
The Splinter Carvers have a new meeting date and time. They will meet on the Saturday preceding the first Sunday of each month. The meeting time will be at 8:30 AM.
The group met at Phil Bishop's Saturday Dec. 2 with 10 carvers present.
Their next project will be a
“segmented Totem Pole” with each member carving a 3 X 3 X 6 inch segment
and stacking them on a 1/4 inch rod to form the pole.
We also decided to do a Cigar Store Indian and a Bear for our next project at the Dogwood Festival and other group events.
Some members of the group carved on individual carvings, since not all could work on making the Totem Pole segments at the same time.
Additional meetings that have been scheduled include the following:
January 6, 2007 Jim Wright's Shop
February 3, 2007 Steve Shores' Shop
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
The Annual Christmas
Party was held at UTSI, for the first time, in room H111 (our regular
meeting room) on Friday December 8 with about 65 members and guests attending
the function. The food was great,
the decorations were beautiful
and the fellowship was wonderful.
A good time was had by all attendees.
Thanks to everyone who brought the delicious food, those who helped with the decorations and setup, and those bringing gifts. A special thanks to Loyd for creating the “TVW 2006Overview” DVD presentation and to Richard Gulley for the Christmas songs.
Appreciation plaques were presented to Tom
Cowan and Henry Davis, recognizing their “long-time” service to the
WEB SITE NEWS
The Web site is being updated with the latest club news and events to help keep the members informed. Try accessing the Web site during the month to view the latest club announcements, news and activities.
TVW club dues for 2007 are due in January. Our dues
are $10.00 for a single membership, and $15.00 for a family membership.
Please pay Jim Steadman (2007 treasurer) at the December meeting or mail your dues check to Jim at his home address (702 Bluff Drive, Winchester, TN 37398).
MEMBER NAME TAGS
WANT A TVW NAME TAG? HERE IS THE WAY TO DO IT!!!!!
CLUB BUSINESS CARDS
We still have club business cards available. For those who have not heard about our cards they are free to members and contain information about the club. The cards are designed so you can sign your name if you choose. See Jim Steadman if you want a supply of cards or need to get some more.
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 Chuck Taylor (931-728-7086, email: Chuck
Taylor )or Jim Steadman 931-962-2940, email: Jim
SHOW AND TELL:
Jim Parker showed pictures of a table he made, using the legs from his great grandfather’s table. The table had a walnut top with dark stained oak legs.
Matt Brothers showed pictures of the walnut table he made for a customer that matched the china cabinet he showed at a previous meeting. He also discussed the leg design.
Dave Whyte brought and discussed two quarter-sawn oak “wood art sculptures” he recently finished. He discussed the difficulties encountered in filling the wood pores.
Loyd Ackerman brought a segmented vase made using the “Golden Ratio” proportions and discussed a mandrel he used for the final base work.
Doyle McConnell displayed a potpourri bowl and a magnetic paper clip holder he made for Christmas gifts. Both items were made from spalted maple.
Bob Lowrance brought a detailed basswood carving of a “wood chopper” that had been finished with lacquer (first coat was 50/50 mixture with thinner).
Jim Van Cleave displayed floral relief carvings (one from sugar pine and one from Tennessee cherry) and a storage box for carving tools.
Ross Roepke brought and discussed various profile cutouts he made for church activities and a “pig” cutting board.
Anthony Watts displayed his first “Windsor chair” made with red oak arms, maple spindles and a carved basswood bottom. He discussed his “hands-on” class while learning to make the chair.
Tom Gillard, Jr. brought a sample mantle design for a customer made of MDF. He is making the real mantle out of cherry.
John Duval discussed a small lidded bowl that had sliced oak and walnut dividers to create a unique design.
Scott Short brought and discussed a deep bowl made from spalted maple and finished with two coats of polyurethane. He discussed the problems encountered in cutting the inside “end grain”.
Steve Shores showed a relief carving of an eagle (90 % completed) and a “bark carving” of a castle, finished with Deft satin finish.
Billy May displayed a basswood carving of a “Fisherman” which placed third place at the Huntsville Carving Show. He also showed three Indian carvings.
Newt Wright brought a “Finger Drum” made from padauk and white oak.
Geoff Roehm showed pictures of a portable “clamp rack” he made for holding his clamps. He also showed and discussed pictures of a small guitar he was making. It is a copy of an 1839 French guitar by Lacote. The top is western red cedar. The sides are book-matched curly maple, laminated to cypress. The back is book-matched curly maple, laminated to western red cedar. The decoration is spalted maple.
Deacon Taylor brought
and discussed pictures of dog houses, book shelves (made for his wife)
cabinet doors he made in recent weeks.
"QUICK SIMPLE RIPPING BLOCKS"
This pair of handheld blocks will provide an added measure of safety and even increase your productivity.
Cutting wedges and ripping thin strips rank among the more dangerous tasks you can perform on a tablesaw. Our two ripping blocks add a measure of safety to these operations, plus you only position the fence once to make multiple pieces.
You can build these from any flat pieces of scrap wood. Just follow the guidelines given in the drawing at the bottom of the page. To make the handle, cut out and enlarge the handle pattern provided below. And don't neglect to add the keepers on the blade side of the handle of each block. These prevent the cut pieces from kicking back.
To use either block, set the distance from the fence to the inside edge of the blade equal to the width of the rear of the block. Place the workpiece in the notch in the block, and push it and the block together past the blade. With the fence in the same position, repeat the cutting operations for any number of identical wedges or thin strips.
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