• Vol 29 / Issue 10
  • October 2014
  • Editor, Chuck Taylor

Next Meeting October 21st     

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

About The Program



The October TVW program will be presented by Howell Rust who operates Northside Clocks in Manchester. His presentation will be “A History of Clock
Making in America”.

Come out on Tuesday, October 21 and spend some “time” learning the history of clocks and hear what makes them “tick”.





The entire TVW club extends sympathy to the family and friends of Phil Bishop. His funeral was held on October 8.

Phil was one of the original founders of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers and had a great influence on many of the members. He was always willing to help share his vast knowledge with others.

The Splinter Carvers met monthly at Phil’s shop for a number of years.

Phil will be greatly missed by his fellow-woodworkers and the community, where he touched many lives.





  Welcome to Our New Members

(becoming members at the September meeting)

       Greg Giesing ----- Petersburg


       Patrick Sanders ------  Tullahoma

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



The nominating committee will present their nominations for next year’s club officers at the monthly meeting. The officer election will be held at the November meeting, with the new officers beginning January 1. 


Photos from 2014 activities


The Coffee County Fair demonstrations (Morton Village) were held during September 15-20. Several of the club members showed up to help with the activities.

Thanks to Doyle for heading up the event and to all those who helped make the week a success.


Want to see what is planned for the current year? Click here to see the events and dates of the TVW planned activities for the current year.





The wood carvers did not meet in October.
The carvers normally meet at Jim Joliffe's shop on the first Saturday of each month at 8:30 AM.

Anyone interested in carving is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.





The “Cherokee Winds Flute Circle" met on Saturday morning, September 27th at the Cowan Artist Guild on Main Street in Cowan.
The group’s next meeting will be on October 25th. Everyone is invited to come and participate or just come to listen.

Everyone is invited to come and participate or just come to listen.

Contact Ron Reimers @ 931-308-5196 or ronreimers@hotmail.com for additional information.


The first annual Fall Heritage Festival, held September 19-21 in Cowan, was considered a success. The carvers participated in the activities. Geoff Roehm also was a participant in the festival.


The forum is booming with “expert” solutions to your woodworking problems and great advice. And, guess what? It is all “free” to club members.

Have a question ----- Need an answer?
Best place to get an answer --- Your own forum!!!

Stay “on the edge” of great information and timely discussions of tricks, tips and techniques from your fellow woodworkers.

If you have not checked out the “forum happenings” lately, you are missing some great informational exchanges between club members. This is a service offered to all members of TVW.



Kenneth (Dale) Daniel is back in business and will again sharpen TVW member blades. His location is 2007 Ovoca Road, Tullahoma. Phone –
931-455-5024, cell – 931-247-4753.


If you are a recent new member or had requested a new name tag, a box of name tags will be available at the next meeting. In the
future, name tags will be made for new members and available for pickup at the next regular monthly meeting. Name tags for other
members will be made upon request only and will also be available for pickup at the next meeting.

Please contact Chuck Taylor (931-728-7086 or email taylor_cw@charter.net) for information or name tags.


        September Show & Tell

    Jim Acord – brought before and after photos of the shelves around his lathe, where he used plastic boxes to organize. He also brought a pair of “Pin Puffs”, aka magnetic hockey pucks, which he turned for securely holding loose sewing pins for his wife.


     Geoff Roehm – brought one of several Tennessee music boxes that he built, using the CNC machine to add details. He also showed how he had added an indicator light to show when his router switch was on. Geoff also showed a three dimensional rendering of a vintage mandolin top that he intends to copy. After scanning the original top, he digitally replaced and blended in the damaged and missing areas to make a complete top.


   Loyd Ackerman – brought an inlaid lidded box that he made from curly maple and decorated with a walnut cardinal design. He used a CNC router to remove the field for the lid center inlay and to cut grooves for the string and edge inlays.


     Tom Cowan – brought an inlaid lidded box, inspired by an English tea caddy. He decorated the lid with an intricate eagle and shield patera that he constructed. Tom also brought a mission style table lamp with a custom made stained glass shade.


    Doyle McConnell – brought a pair of natural-edged bowls that he turned, finished with sanding sealer and lacquer, and buffed to a sheen. He also brought an assortment of five trapped-ring wine stoppers that he turned from exotic woods.

   Jim Van Cleave – brought a triple heart basswood carving he made. The piece was mounted on contrasting mahogany and framed with cherry.

   Larry Wendland – brought an assortment of six pens that he turned and intends to sell at the upcoming Heritage Festival.


    Jim Everett– brought a recipe box that he made for a client. He also brought an osage orange plaque with an applied intarsia design depicting Hutchinson’s Mill. He added a cart with mill bags and a Manchester terrier to personalize the piece for his client.

   Chuck Taylor – brought a maple bowl that he turned and finished with three coats of lacquer.



  Allen Odell – brought an antique German-made convertible high chair/rocker that he restored.


    August Dobert – brought a pepper mill that he turned from spalted maple with help from Doyle McConnell.


    Greg Myers – brought a vase turned from layers of contrasting wood with a glass insert he found at Hobby Lobby. He also brought a large flat bowl with a center ring to fit a ceramic bowl.


    Paul Fults – brought an antique 4-drawer chest that he restored by replacing the drawer runners and refinishing. Several boards in the piece were eighteen inches wide. Paul also brought a cabinet that he built using wormy maple to match the walls of his mountain cabin. He applied a flat finish to the piece and used a bright finish to accent the front raised panel.

   Sharron Wright – brought a novel “switch blade” made from a carved tongue depressor, a rubber band, and a spring clothes pin.


  To view the "Links of Interest" on our web site, please click here.           


Click here to see the compiled list of items that are for sale by club members.

If you have additional woodworking items for sale or are looking for woodworking items, please send information to Chuck Taylor at 931-728-7086 or email to taylor_cw@charter.net .


Align your tablesaw splitter for safe rip cuts ---

Your saw’s splitter and anti-kickback pawls are two important components of accurate and safe rip cuts. As its name implies, the splitter keeps the kerf open after the blade makes the cut, preventing pinching that can burn a cut. Follow this simple procedure to check that the splitter is centered behind the blade. Loosen the mounting bolts to shift the splitter behind the blade.

The spring-loaded anti-kickback pawls are the pointed guards held against the stock with pressure. The pawls glide over the stock as long as the cut is proceeding normally, but jam into the wood if the blade tries to shoot it backward toward you during a kickback. Prevent an accident by making certain that the pawls operate correctly.

Use a straight piece of wood to check that the splitter is directly behind the blade so it doesn’t interfere with the cut. 

 ------ Compliments of Wood Magazine Shop Tips Website --------





Work safely and don’t take unnecessary chances with your woodworking tools.




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