• Vol 32 / Issue7
  • July 2017
  • Editor, Johnnie Brown

Next Meeting July 18

Table of Contents


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


July 18 program - Mary Nichols, MTSU Video-grapher




Presenter: Ronnie Young
Seminar topic: Ronnie will be building a jewelry box and demonstrating the techniques used during the construction.
Date: July 22
Location: Decherd Nazarene church (501 Cumberland St., Decherd, Tn )
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Lunch provided
Cost: free
Arrive early to enjoy coffee, juice & donuts prior to the start of the seminar

Do not miss this great opportunity to learn from a master woodworker. Ronnie is an excellent teacher. He will demonstrate some very important techniques that you can put in practice in your shop.

If you have not previously registered, contact jack kincella (931-759-6808 or jackkincellafurnitureman@outlook.com ) to get your name on the list


Club Infornation


Presentation to Larry Wendland


Many thanks to Larry for allowing his shop to be used for the past 5 year as the site of the annual turning bee. The turning bee has been renamed as the Tom Cowan Memorial Turning Bee. The bowl presented to Larry by Club President Paul Fults was turned by Tom Cowan.


Membership Information


We will be purging the member listing soon, 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

    Carving Seminars
    We will hold the first seminar in late September. It will be taught by Blue Pau, a member of our Wood Club and the topic will be carving a half-scale mallard duck that could either be carved with modest detail as a decoy or with fine detail like most of Blue's bird carvings.
    The second seminar is planned for late January and will be taught by Adina Huckins, an accomplished Arkansas carver. Details about both seminars will be released soon in order to get attendance commitments from club members.
    The attached photos are of recent Wood Club member carving projects.

    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.


    Gary Bennett brought a large Cherry bowl. He also brought 2 segmented bowls of Cedar and a covered segmented jar made with gun stock plywood. All finished with tung oil.
    Judy Bennett had an intarsia flower wreath of 138 pcs made of poplar, cypress, and walnut. Judy also had a intarsia of a Lab dog of walnut and blackened with vinegar and steel wool. Finish spray poly.

    Doug Dunlap showed a pretty bowl of yellow poplar burl, finished with 3 coats spray lacquer. He showed 3 smaller natural edge bowls finished with spray lacquer.
    Jim Jolliffe had a carving of a wood spirit of cottonwood bark from Nebraska. Natural finish.

    Mickey Knowles brought a stained-glass lamp finished using a red oak penetrating stain and spray polyurethane. Also had an unfinished lamp frame from Tom Cowan.

    Jim Acord showed pics of shoe caddy and coat rack made for home entrance. Made of red oak with golden oak stain and poly finish.

    Matt Brothers showed pics of Collins Roan's queen size bed he made of cherry with lacquer finish.
    Doyle McConnell explained how Collins turned pieces and his equipment. Collins was not able to attend.


     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

    Mystery Markings on Tape Measures
    No, it’s not a plot to confuse us - maybe
    Test and photos by Tom Hintz
    Posted - 8-24-2011
    While there may be few woodworkers (or metalworkers) that will ever frame out a house, knowing about these previously mysterious tape measure markings can come in handy. Ever try to locate studs on a wall only to discover that they are not on 16” centers? If you know about these other markings you know where to look for the next stud and why it might be at that distance. If you get roped into (volunteer for the married folks) building a potting shed knowing these alternative stud spacings just might come in handy. If nothing else you might be able to win a beer or something at the next club meeting.
    Tape measures seem like very basic tools, perhaps even simplistic. But then we discover little black diamonds and other seeming unrelated symbols or color changes and our basic tape measure takes on an air of mystery. Many people simply disregard everything but the regular numbers thinking that if they needed the other markings they would already know what they represent. I think that if you know what those “other” markings mean you just might recognize use for them.
    Regular Scale
    Nearly all tape measures have the normal sequence of numbers along at least one edge of the tape. Some will have one resolution along one edge and another resolution on the other edge. Often you find 1/16” markings along one edge and 1/32” markings on the other. Some will have a “standard” (Imperial) scale along one edge and a metric scale along the other. You’d think that being able to see the metric equivalent every time we measured something that eventually we’d learn the metric system like everyone else in the world. Don’t hold your breath.


    All of these measuring tapes (left) have similar marking schemes though the graphics used can vary slightly. In this photo (right) we see the mysterious Black Diamond on the bottom, a simple foot indicator in the middle and a 16" mark on top. Your tapes will probably have something approximating all of these.
    My favorite tape measure has a regular scale long the top edge of the tape and ½-scale centering markings along the other. If we measure an 18”-wide piece and find 18” on the lower scale and that indicates the center of that piece. Very fast and easy, two things I like a lot.
    Standard tape scales usually have some kind of noticeable marking at 1-foot intervals. I think they do that to provide sort of a coarse scale that we can see easily when doing layouts. Once we get to the nearest foot indicator finding and making a layout mark at the exact distance is a bit faster.
    Eight-Foot Spaces
    Many tape measures add red numbers (or some other graphical standout) every 16-inches, a very common spacing for studs in house framing. This spacing allows for six supports in each 8-foot length. There may also be a color change or graphical identifier at 24-inch intervals that provides four supports in that same 8-foot length. While 16” spacing is standard for studs in low weight situations some building codes allow studs spaced 24” on center which can save a bit of money because fewer studs are needed. But full plywood sheets can still be used without cutting. Both of these spacing’s allow installing 8-foot-long sheets of plywood without cutting.
    A standard concrete block chimney is two bricks by two bricks or roughly 16 inches square. That chimney won’t fit between studs that are installed on 16”-centers because there is only 14-1/2” between the studs. However, "Black Diamond Spacing" is ideal because the space between studs at that spacing is 17.7”. There is another use for the Black Diamond spacing as we will see later.


    On the left is my daily use tape measure. Note the 1/2 scale along the bottom edge. That lets me find the center of a piece very quickly. In this case, find the 12 on the lower scale that is the center of a 12" board. Many time the sizes are not so simple and that lower scale saves the day. I have laid out an 8-foot-long wall (right) using the 16" marks (rear), Black Diamonds (middle) and 24" marks (front) to space the studs.
    Six supports can fit into an 8-foot space with 16” spacing while 24 inch spacing provides four supports in the same space. What if the load being supported requires that the trusses be spaced halfway between 16 inches and 24 inches? If they were spaced at 20 inches, they would not come out even at 96 inches. But there is an answer for this. Read on.
    Black Diamonds
    Probably the one tape measure marking that is most mysterious to the most people are the black diamonds. If you divide the 8-foot space we have been using by 5 we get a spacing of 19.2”. The black diamonds on the tape measure represent that spacing. The first black diamond is at 19.2” and after that black diamonds appear at 38.4”, 57.6”, 76.8” and 96”, or 8-feet. That is one less stud for every 8-feet of wall, counting the beginning and end studs.
    While the black diamond spacing is nearly as weight capable as 16-inch-centers building codes may not allow it in all situations. Also, the black diamond spacing does not place a stud at 48-inches so standard 8-foot sheets of plywood must be installed with the long dimension horizontal.


    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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