• Vol 32 / Issue 4
  • April 2017
  • Editor, Johnnie Brown

Next Meeting April 18

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The meeting will be at 6:30 pm at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111. (411 BH Goethert Parkway, Tullahoma, TN)


About The Program

April 18 will be Ronald Young from Chattannoga returning for a wood working program on joinery.

May Meeting
I am excited to be able to have Mike Zinser who was a member years ago in the club and is a member of the state wood-turners assc., do our program for May. as part of the program Mike has extended a invitation to anyone interested, to go see the program he runs the weekend after our meeting. We would have to carpool up but I think it would be of great interest for folks to see his program in action. -- Jack Kincella

Request for help:

We are in need of a publicy person to send out the monthly notices to the local newspapers- very easy job-Please consider helping the club perform this job.
--Jack Kincella

Charity Information

We will be having a brief 10 minute presentation from the new director of the Tullahoma Hands on Science Center who has some wood working needs that we may be able to help with over the next couple of months.
--Jack Kincella

Rockets Score Big at The
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Meeting

Last year Mr. John Rust, Director Field Operations, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, contacted our club and requested assistance in making speaker gifts for a big meeting to be held in March 2017.

Mr. Rust provided us with the desired measurements and our club took the opportunity to show our ingenuity, engineering talents and wood turning and woodworking skills.

As always, our members of our club rose to the challenge. The team proved their ingenuity during the process developed a jig for ensuring the placement of the fins, developed a template to ensure the shape of the rocket was consistent with the measurements for the rockets and a created a jig for the lathe to paint the nosecone of the rocket.

A total of 41 beautifully turned, painted and polished rockets that were provided to Mr. Rust. He commented that the rockets” far exceeded their expectations”.

The rockets were delivered well in advance of their March meeting and gave Mr. Rust the opportunity to have laser engraving of the rockets with the names of the individual guest speakers.

The efforts of the club were recognized during the first day of their meeting. Mr. Rust used the presentation developed by the club to show the attendees the many talents used by club members to take raw wood and turn it into excellent examples of Tennessee wood working art.

The club also received a Certificate of Appreciation; Govern signed Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee for our providing Mr. Rusts organization with a piece of fine woodturning that will be cherished by the guest speakers for years to come.


The Turning Bee is an event in which newer wood turners are paired with a mentor for a “hands-on” experience to get instructions and advice on how to turn a bowl. Everyone get the chance to rough turn a bowl and take your “creation” home with you to dry. This event has spawned the careers of many TVW members in the wood turning skill.

It is a great learning environment and even better fellowship with other club members.
Beginning this year, the turning bee has been renamed in memory of Tom Cowan, one of the “founding fathers” of the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers club. Tom was instrumental in implementing this popular event and hosted the event for many years. He has meant so much to so many members of the club for a very long time.

Come out and make this one of the best turning bees every.
Registration began at the TVW meeting on March 21. If you did not get the chance to register at the March meeting, the signup sheet will be available at the April meeting. if you do not want to wait, you can also register by contacting Larry Wendland, the event chairman, (contact information below) and get your name on the list. They need to know how many will be attending in order to prepare enough bowl blanks for everyone.
You are invited to attend this year’s event at Larry Wendland’s shop for some turning tutorial and some camaraderie with fellow woodworkers.
Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 8 AM until we’re done
Cost: $10 each (includes supplied bowl blanks and a great lunch)
Location: 224 Dunk Blanton Road, Tullahoma TN, 37388
Contact: Ph. (931) 563-7445 email: culets@gmail.com
Unless you’ve already enrolled, please be prepared to sign up at the April meeting or contact Larry to confirm your plans to attend.

This “once in a lifetime” experience only happens once a year.




New Members

  Thomas Clark - Decherd, TN
  Richard Reese - Manchester, TN
  James Davis - Cowan, TN


Membership Information


We will be purging the member listing in May, removing those members that have not paid their dues. Members can check with the club treasurer to see if they have paid.


If you change phone number, email address, etc; please notify Chuck Taylor, membership chairman (931-728-7086 or taylor_cw@charter.net. This will allow the membership listing on the web site to reflect the current and up-to-date information of all our club members.


Tennessee Valley Woodworker's Website

The Club maintains a website, www.tnvalleywoodclug.org, which provides access to Club news between issues of Splinters and access to Forums exclusively for the use of TVW members. If you haven’t already registered for the Forum send an email to ackerman1@charter.net and I’ll register you.
-- Loyd Ackerman


Two Great  Website about all types of wood

The Wood Database



  • Welcome To Our Library

     The current custodian is Pete Miller and he can be reached via e:mail at quackers1034@blomand.net. If you have any questions concerning the process of getting a CD please drop him an e:mail.

    Carvers Corner

    The carvers are continuing to meet twice a month on the first and third Saturday's of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at at Jim Jolliffe's shop, located at Jolliffe Acres Lane, Tullahoma, TN.


    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.


    Doug Dunlap brought a yarn bowl made of 41 pieces of cherry, 2 knitting needles 1 cherry and 1 walnut finished with lacquer and steady rest to make needles.
    Karen Browning showed vase 1 and vase 2 both made of box elder enhanced by using marker soaked in alcohol and lacquer finish. Also, had bowl of box elder and lacquer finish.

    Gary Runyon brought several threaded needle boxes. Made of different wood including KOA, Red Bud, Cherry, Peach, and Dogwood. Some had Woodburn designs. Also, Pictures of dulcimer made for friend. Made of mahogany with cherry sides. Adjustable stand made of popular and finished with 12 coats gel poly
    Doyle McConnell showed a wedge sled he made for cutting segments on table saw.

    Judy Bennett had a couple pieces of intarsia made while in Florida. One a plaque of a hummingbird of popular, cedar, and black walnut. A second was that of a truck made of walnut, maple, cedar, and cherry. She soaked steel wool in cider vinegar to help finish.
    Gary Bennett showed pepper mill set made of cherry finished with Tung oil. He had a bowl from the turning bee of maple finished with butcher block. Also, had a segmented bowl of cherry finish butcher block.
    Jim Acord showed picture of pine bench had for about 14 years. He then showed picture of new replacement bench he made of red oak and finished with poly.


     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


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

    Shop Tip

    Care a little, enjoy a lot
    To keep your serving pieces in top-notch shape for years on end, follow these tips:
    • After each use, hand-wash the item in warm, soapy water. Rinse the item clean, towel dry, and set it aside to air dry.
    • Never let the piece soak in water or put it in a dishwasher or microwave oven





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


    Always wear your safety glasses in the shop


    Want a good tip concerning your current project?

    Visit this web site for “tips for every situation”: http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/


    Jack Kincella has secured Builders Supply in Tullahoma as a new club sponsor and they will be giving all club members a 5% discount on ALL purchases in their store. This does not include the old Hawks hardware. All members need to do is show their name card and it is setup in the computer to get the discount.

    The following companies are supporters of the TVW club. Click on their "logo" to go to their web site.







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