• Vol 28 / Issue 05
  • May 2013
  • Editor, Chuck Taylor

Next Meeting May 21st  

The May meeting will be at 7:00 pm on the 21st at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111.

About The Program



Ronnie Young, professional furniture maker from Chattanooga and fellow Club member, will present a program on furniture. Ronnie will discuss the process of building a Charleston Double Chest of Drawers in the style of Thomas Elfe, a cabinetmaker in Charleston around 1750. During the process, he took pictures of how he researched the piece, references found, preparation of full size drawings, selection and preparation of materials, construction process, problems encountered, final finishing and photography. Using these photos, Ronnie will walk us through how to build a large and seemingly difficult piece of furniture.

See you at our May meeting on the 21st .


  Welcome to Our New Members

(No new members at the April meeting)


 Be sure to meet all of our new members and welcome them to the club.




The annual TVW picnic and auction will be held on May 18 at Falls Mill. The event will start at 5 PM but the mill will be open for you to
tour at 4:30.

The auction is a major fundraiser for the club. So, remember to bring something for the auction, preferably something you have made.
This is a potluck supper so bring your favorite covered dish. The Club will provide drinks, plates & forks.
Remember to bring a comfortable lawn chair for you and your guests.


It is now officially “Shop Tour” season. Clean up your shop because your shop may be on the next tour.
The first shop tour of the year will be May 25. On the tour will be Geoff Roehm's guitar shop (279 Smith Rd. Sewanee) and Dean Lutes’ shop
(150 Alex Sanders Road, Tracy City). The group will meet at the Monteagle Diner (740 W Main St., Monteagle) at 08:30 for breakfast and then
begin the tour.

Tour information and instructions will be given at the regular monthly meeting.
After the scheduled tour, Paul Fulks will make his new cabin, which he has built, available to tour for anyone that is interested.
The best thing about the tours is the fact that everyone always picks up some ideas to apply in their own shop.
Thanks to Doyle for coordinating this enjoyable activity.
If you want to be on the tour list, contact Doyle.



The annual “Turning Bee” will be on June 8 and will be held at Larry Wendland’s Shop. The address is 224 Dunk Blanton Road, Tullahoma, TN
This has been our most popular event for a number of years. Most of the club members got their turning “start” at one of our turning bees.
Come on out and enjoy the fun and fellowship.
Plan to arrive about 8:00 AM to have coffee and pastry (compliments of the Club).
Written directions to Larry’s shop will be available at the next TVW regular meeting.
Here is what will happen:
• Coffee, cokes, and water will be provided. (porta-potty provided also)
• Bowl blanks will be provided
• Demonstration on bowl turning
• Hands-on bowl turning sessions for everyone. Hands on turning will last till -- you finish or wear out
• Bring your own lunch.

This is a great way to learn some basic turning skills or brush up on the skills you already have.


Start those projects you want to display in the exhibition. The date for the 2013 TVW Exhibition is September 8 – 15. The location will be at
the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Dan Maher is the Chairperson for the event. He will be asking for help as the event date draws
closer. Please give him your support when he asks.
There will be additional information presented at the monthly meetings concerning the upcoming event.



The carvers held their monthly “gathering” at Phil Bishop’s shop on May 4th. They worked mostly on individual projects. The carvers did not
participate in the Cornbread Festival or the Dogwood Festival, due to the bad weather during the event dates.

The carvers normally meet on the first Saturday of each month the Phil Bishop’s shop. They work on individual or group projects. Anyone interested in carving is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.


 There will not be a meeting of the “Flute Circle” in May. The next flute circle meeting is scheduled for June 10th at 1 PM. The meeting location is Tom Cowan’s Artisan Studio in Cowan.
Come and join the fun and fellowship with the “Fluters”.


   The TVW members supported the Panoply program in Huntsville on April 27 & 28. They provided demonstrations for the visitors during the event.
Thanks to Greg Meyers, Chairperson, and those who helped with the event.


  The carvers did not participate in the Cornbread Festival or the Dogwood Festival this year, due to the bad weather during the scheduled event dates. 



  The forum is booming with “expert” solutions to your woodworking problems and great advice. Take advantage of all the vast amount of knowledge you can get from the forum members. You would absolutely be amazed at the wealth of knowledge that your fellow members have to


  If you have not tried our digital library in 2013, you are missing a great opportunity to learn new techniques and brush up on old ones. Due to the lack of use, the library may be closed. If you have an opinion on the matter, talk to the president or Henry, the “librarian”.
For a complete list of all items in the Digital Library, see Henry Davis at club meetings, email him at hdavis37@charter.net or call him at 393-3191 and leave a message.

Please remember that you can now view some of the club DVDs on line. Go to the library listing on our club website and click on the underlined titles.
For a complete list of all items in the Digital Library, see Henry Davis at club meetings, email him at hdavis37@charter.net or call him at 393-3191 and leave a message.


         Ever had the piece you are cutting that final miter on “crawl” a little during the cut? It doesn’t make for the “perfect” joint.

         For parts with mitered ends, such as picture-frame sides, use a stop-block with the complementary angle. This provides a more positive “lock”
         than a rectangular block. Apply 120-grit, self-adhesive sandpaper to the miter-gauge extension for better grip on your work-pieces.