Tennessee Valley Woodworkers
23/ Issue 3 March 2008
Editor: Chuck Taylor
The next meeting of the TN Valley Woodworkers
will be held March 18th 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 for 2008
Tom Gillard, Jr.
V. President: Anthony Watts
Secretary: Karen Kerce Browning
Treasurer: Jim Steadman
Publicity: Louis Bryant
Newsletter Editor: Chuck Taylor
Anthony Watts, our club vice president, will present "18th Century Woodworking Tools", taking us back to our roots, or at least part way back. Anthony is a practitioner of the use of hand tools in his “Windsor Chair” construction.
"Come and learn everything you have forgotten about early hand tools"
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
(Becoming members at our February meeting)
Gaylon (Dwight) Cox - Tullahoma
Terry Giltner - Manchester
Joe Helms - Manchester
(Be sure to meet our new members and make them feel a part of our great club)
KEEP UP WITH ALL THE CLUB NEWS
(TO VIEW THE LATEST INFORMATION
CONCERNING CLUB EVENTS, UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND NEWS -- VISIT THE TVW WEB
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Click "here" to view all the latest information concerning "TVW Upcoming Events" or "here" to view upcoming programs on our Web Site.
TIME TO PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP DUES
Please pay Jim Steadman, the club treasurer, at the meeting or you can mail your dues check to Jim at his home address (702 Bluff Drive, Winchester, TN 37398).
NEXT MAJOR TVW EVENT
Our spring seminar will be on Saturday, May 3. The event will be held at the Forest Mill Church of Christ at 3366 McMinnville Highway just outside of Manchester. The seminar will be presented by furniture maker Ronnie Young of Chattanooga. Young specializes in high-end furniture with emphasis on embellishments such as inlays. He uses hand tools extensively and expertly to create beautiful period pieces of furniture. The cost of the event will be $45, which will include a catered lunch and refreshments during the break. Registration begins at 7:45. The seminar begins at 8:30 and ends at 4:00. Put this important date on your calendar. Contact Dan Maher or Tom Cowan for additional details.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR 2008
Spring Seminar: May 3,
Forest Mill Church of Christ, Presenter: Ronnie Young,
Topic: Furniture Making, Chairpersons: Tom Cowan
& Dan Maher
Annual Picnic and Auction: June 7, Chairperson – TBD.
Turning Bee: Date – June 14, Tom Cowan’s shop.
Coffee County Fair Demonstrations: September 15 – 20. Chairperson: Doyle McConnell.
Fall Seminar: Target date – October 18. Topics and presenters - TBD
Foothills Craft Exhibit: Date – November 7 & 8, Coffee County Convention Center, Chairperson – TBD.
Christmas Party: December 5, UTSI room 111, Chairperson - TBD
Shop Tours: Schedule will be developed as the year progresses. Chairperson – Doyle McConnell.
Other Events of Interest to our
Dogwood Festival: April 11-13
Polly Crockett Festival: September 20 - 21
Web School Art and Craft Festival: October 18 & 19
The above list will be updated as additional information
is known concerning these events.
TVW NEWS AND NOTES
Don’t forget to take advantage of the vast amount of learning material in our club library.
For the latest listing of the library items available, please click here.
Three new selections have been added to our Digital Library. Two of the DVD selections are programs that were presented at our club meetings, "Shaker Boxes" by Tim Arnold and "Legs For Furniture" by Tom Cowan. The third selection is a CD by Greg Pennington. Those of you that attended Greg's seminar on Windsor Chair making received a copy of this CD. The CD has pictures and plans for jigs and patterns. If you are interested in making Windsor Chairs or just interested in how they are made, this CD will be of value to you. Please keep in mind that this CD is made to play on you PC and will not play on your DVD players.
For these new listings and a complete list of all items in the Digital Library, see the club website or the listing at the next club meeting.
To check out a program , please see Henry Davis at the next club meeting.
The next meeting will also be at Phil Bishop’s shop on April 5th and will begin at 08:30 and end about 11:30. The subject of emphasis will be sharpening knives and gouges used in carving.
! SAFETY ALERT !
Don't forget to check your "Skill" circular saw
There is a safety recall concerning
the “Skill” brand of circular saw. If you have a “Skill” circular saw with
model # 5650, 5700, 5750 or 5755 stop using it immediately, and go to the
following web site for details: http://www.skiltools.com:80/en/CustomerService/SafetyInfoRecalls/
If you do not have access to the web site, please call the company to find out about the action required.
TVW FOOTHILLS CRAFT EXHIBIT
The Club has reserved a room for a mini-exhibit at the Foothills Crafts fair at the Coffee County Convention Center on November 7 and 8. The purpose of the event is to promote the Club's 2009 Exhibition. More details regarding rules for entry will be available as things develop.
VOLUNTEERS FOR 2008
BREAK SNACKS: We still are in need of volunteers to help with the meeting “snacks”. Tom will be passing around a list for those willing to provide “break snacks” at our meetings. If you are willing to help, please be ready to sign up.
THOSE IN CHARGE OF SNACKS FOR THE MARCH MEETING: Karen Browning and Jim Jolliffe
SHOW AND TELL:
Tom Cowan showed pictures of a joint project with an artist friend from Georgia of an intricately carved and painted corner cupboard. He had done relief carving on the doors and carved a Dunlap style crown for the top.
Loyd Ackerman displayed a small walnut table with wrapping on the legs and a 1/8 inch inlay in a lighter wood down each leg. He finished it with Formby’s oil and six coats of lacquer.
Ross Roepke brought unique stylized boxes made of cedar with walnut legs, pine for one lid, another of walnut with legs and a flip-up lid. He also brought a table top made of quilted mahogany surrounded by maple and walnut.
Felix Rees discussed a small jewelry box, made from 150 year old yellow poplar, obtained from an old Church of Christ building in Flat Creek.
Geoff Roehm brought and played two guitars he had made. The first was made of Brazilian Rosewood with a 63 Martin Stock top and some Adirondack Spruce. The second was made of cypress, old beer bat staves (Plebian wood) and the top was from an old 2X8 from Greeter’s Lumber.
Ken Burgess brought a carved a lighthouse, a tiny (Christmas ornament) house and an Indian face. All carvings were in cottonwood bark.
David Felix brought a smiling face he carved in Cottonwood bark at the carver’s meeting.
Jim Jolliffe carved a Cottonwood bark mountain man at the carver’s meeting.
Paul Jalbert showed carvings of a small Viking face and a larger face in Cottonwood bark.
Ken Gould discussed his “face carving" done at the carver meeting.
Harry May discussed his “face” carving, a house carving and a wood spirit.
Bob Leonard showed a “face” carving and a framed pine picture “That’s Knot Art”.
Allen Odell brought a gaff handle made from Diamond Willow. It is used to gaff Salmon.
Dan Maher discussed his small parts storage bins.
Karen Browning displayed her cottonwood bark carved Fantasy houses.
Doyle McConnell brought and discussed part of an antique picture frame to show the gesso coat (for smoothing the wood) and gold leaf details. He also showed an unusually shaped drawer from an antique corner cabinet. He discussed a stacking bowl set he had turned and had trouble with the wood cracking while turning.
Bob Addington showed a versatile paper towel holder with square drawers so that they can be used no matter how the towel holder is positioned.
Sharron Wright displayed the Indian carving in Cottonwood bark, done at the carvers meeting.
Gary Runyon discussed
the scribing tools forged from 52/100
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE
YOUR SHOP FEATURED IN
Here is your opportunity. Do you have the kind of shop other woodworkers like to visit? Is your shop filled with clever ideas that help you work smarter, faster, or safer? Have you designed and built special tool racks, machine bases, cabinets, jigs, or other shop helpers you think your fellow woodworkers would find interesting? If so, the editors at WOOD magazine invite you to submit your workshop or individual shop projects for review for possible publication in future editions of America's Best Home Workshops. Your shop doesn't have to be big or nit-picky clean. The ideas could be storage solutions, task-specific jigs, shop tips, or the special way you designed, built, and outfitted your shop. Mail your entry to America’s Best Home Workshops, WOOD Magazine, 1716 Locust St., LS-221, Des Moines, IA 50309, or go online at:
"Micro-Adjust Your Router Table Fence"
The router table in your shop gets lots of use. But it’s always difficult to make fine adjustments to the fence. So, build the micro-adjuster you see in the photo above using spare parts around the shop.
The adjuster is easy to build. Start by drilling and
tapping a strip of ¼? aluminum to accept a piece of threaded rod.
And then bend the aluminum strip into an “L” shape.
Next, drill two holes in a hardwood adjusting block. One horizontal hole for the threaded rod and a vertical one for the hold-down. Then you can cut a dado at the bottom of the fence to hold the piece of L-shaped aluminum in place.
Assembly: Put the pieces together by slipping the threaded rod through the adjusting block and adding washers and locknuts, like you see in the drawing and detail below. This allows the aluminum strip attached to the fence to be moved forward and backward one thread at a time when you make fine fence adjustments.
Fence Adjustment: To use the micro-adjuster, you’ll first need to lock down the opposite end of the fence. Then lock down the micro-adjuster by tightening the knob on top of the adjusting block. Use the turning knob to adjust the fence to the desired position. Once the fence is located where you want it, lock down the other end of the fence. Then all that’s left is to turn on your router and you’re ready to go.
TAPE MEASURE: An instrument used to measure "exact" dimensions and allow you to transfer the dimension "incorrectly".
We are trying to start a new service for club members. Your VP, Anthony Watts, has requested that we add some key local suppliers to the website to help members find items needed in the shop; for example: belts and pulleys.
To accomplish this, we've changed the table of contents
at the left and top of the home page from LINKS toLINKS
AND CONTACTS. We will, from time to time, add information
on the Links and Contacts page based on members inputs. If you find
a place to purchase something pertaining to woodworking and would like
to share that information with others, send an email to Loyd
Ackerman with the details for inclusion. We're not trying to
replace the Yellow Pages; this is just for
those special items and special contacts.
Information needed is: Name, address, phone #, and website (if they have one) of the business and what you found them.
MEMBER NAME TAGS
WANT A TVW NAME TAG? HERE IS THE WAY TO DO IT!!!!!
MEMBER INFORMATION CHANGES
We strive to always keep the club membership roster listing up-to-date. If you have address, email or phone number changes, please contact Chuck Taylor (931-728-7086) or Jim Steadman (931-962-2940) so that your information can be updated in our membership listings. We are making a concentrated effort to keep our membership information current.
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American Association of Woodturners
you always wanted to know about Dust Collection Systems
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