• Vol 30 / Issue 2
  • February  2015
  • Editor, Johnnie Brown

Next Meeting February 17th      

The February meeting will be at 7:00 pm on the 17 th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111.

About The Program

February 17, 2015    "A woodworker's use of Sketchup for project design".  Not a tutorial on Sketchup but an introduction to a method a woodworker can use with minimal indepth technical knowledge of the computer -- Loyd Ackerman



  Welcome to Our New Members

(becoming members at the January meeting

   Michael Lynch - Tullahoma

      Sherman Mays - Manchester

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


Karen Browning Presented with well Deserved Citition


                                                                                  Presented to:

                                                                                 Karen Browning

                                                                     In Appreciation for Distinguished service to

                                                                           The Tennessee Valley Woodworker

                                                                                    January 2015


Karen is a valuable asset to the Club.  She is the one who is always eager to step up to and volunteer to
accomplish a difficult task. She is willing to do anything to make the Club “run smoothly”.Karen has served
in various headship positions within the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers during her time as a member.
She assumed the president’s position early in 2013, and held the same position in 2014. She has also held
the offices of vice-president (2013) and secretary (2008).

Along with the duties above, she has volunteered to be the chairperson for the annual Christmas party and
summer picnic for multiple years.  Karen always makes the “parties” great.  Karen was the chairperson for
the wonderful reception given to open the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers  Exhibition held at the Tullahoma
South Jackson Civic Center in 2009 and 2014.

It is with great appreciation from the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers; this memento is awarded to Karen for
her untiring contributions to the success of the Club.

Paul Fulks, President

January 2015



Club dues are payable from November thought February of each year

 Paul Jalbert asks that when you pay your dues you sign the “dues paid log” which he will have. He asks that you not hand him cash unless you have signed the log.

 If you have paid your dues in advance, your name is already on the “dues paid log”. You can check there if you are not sure if you have paid.

 As a reminder we have a two-tier dues system. Dues for individual members are $10.00 and for family membership is $15.00.  We define Family’s as your spouse and minor children.

If you don’t remember which membership you have ask Paul or if you decide to change your membership type please inform him.

 Most of our members pay their dues on time and that is greatly appreciated. To date we have collected dues from 45% of the 2014 membership Those others are in danger of being purged from the membership list after the February meeting.

 If you should decide not to renew your membership please contact Paul and let him know. That may save you a call, email or letter when it is time to purge the membership list.

 Any questions or comments you have about club dues feel free to contact Paul either at the meetings or email PJalbert@MonsterBroadband.com or call him.  (931) 759-4553



The club library is open. August Dobert is the librarian.





   The February meeting of the Splinter Carvers convened at Jim Joliffe's shop with seven carvers in attendance
(Jim, Dick, Ken B., Bob, Dave, Pauland Ken G.). Several of the carvers worked on whimsical house carvings in
cottonwood bark under the guidance of Ken B. while the rest worked on either the soaring eagle club project or other types of carving. At one point in the meeting we paused to recognize that some of the work benches and tools in Jim's shop came from Phil Bishop's shop. Also on display inJim's shop were several of Jim Wright's found wood carvings, recently discovered at auction and purchased for the Club by Dick. All of these treasures help to remind us of Phil and Jim and how they shared their expertise with the Carvers. May we continue to do the same as new carvers join the club?

  We meet in Jim Jollifee’s shop at 201 Jollifee LN, Tullahoma. We regulary meet on the first Saturady of each month


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.


You are invited to visit the Club’s website.  The website is easy to get to.  Just point your browser to www.tnvalleywoodclub.org and see for yourself.  There you’ll find about all the information you’ll ever need to know about the Club.  The library listing, the membership list, the Club’s governing documents, articles written by members, and much, much more. 

One of the best things there is a place called the Forum.  Actually, there are 18 Forums available by clicking on the word “Forum” at the top of the Home page.  Forums range in topics from the popular “Off Topic” [where you can put anything you want as long as it’s clean] to the newest topic, “Genealogy” [which we put there when a Show and Tell item brought on so much interest].  You owe it to yourself to visit the Forums and benefit from this valuable Club asset.  The more members participate, the move valuable it gets.  Go to the website and take a tour.  You don’t need a password for most things on the website but for those places where one is needed all you need to do is contact Loyd Ackerman or Chuck Taylor to get it.


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




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.


        January Show & Tell

   Gary Runyan - Gary brought a curly maple board and showed how a wrapped broom straw brush burnished the board.  He also brought a box elder log for anyone to use.


   John Duval - John made a maple segmented liquor shaker (276 pieces) with black walnut spacers.  He also made two box elder bowls.

Ross Roepke - Ross built a box using a carved piece of wood from an old pump organ.  He put in a drop-in drawer  out of walnut.  He used three coats of deft oil finish.


Jim Everett - Jim made two panels for the Episcopal Church.  One panel was of Christ's trial and the second panel was of His crucifixion.  He used red cedar, walnut, sweet gum and burned the background into the wood; his second project was a screen door.   One side of the door has a black bear, a  wolf, and a beaver; the other side had a deer, a turkey, and rabbits.  Jim finished the screen door with Helmsman spar varnish clear coat of Krylon.

Doyle McConnell - Doyle used a special tool to cut three bowls from a piece of chestnut (?).  He finished the bowls with lacquer.


  Jim Van Cleave - Jim made a small cherry footstool with Queen Anne legs and upholstered the stool in cloth.  He showed the club members how to use cardboard templates with a pine model of the legs.  Satin varnish was used as the finish.


  John Hartin - John turned a sixteen-inch bowl from hard maple with three coats of lacquer.  He also turned a fourteen-inch walnut bowl from wood taken from the crotch of the tree.  He also made two crosses: one from chestnut and one from oak.  Both crosses had a dark edge around them


  Chris Beachy - Chris made an olive-wood bowl and filled the holes with turquoise.

  Tony Murphy - Tony made two fruit crushers out of half walnut and half oak. He finished the project with mineral oil.  He also brought a clothes hamper made from red oak that had three bins and a power strip, as well as a drawer at the top. Ken Gould made the iron pulls. Tony finished the hamper with a gel-stain varnish.  


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


Click here to see the Exchange Opportunities

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 .


I needed to raise the router bit 3⁄8″ above the table, so I laid a 3⁄8″ twist drill bit on the router table and rested a flat piece of scrap atop both bits, as shown. After placing an electronic angle finder on the router table and zeroing the scale, I placed the finder on the scrap and raised the router bit until the angle finder read zero.
—Lester Borja, Lansing, Ill

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