• Vol 32 / Issue 10
  • October 2017
  • Editor, Johnnie Brown

Next Meeting October 17

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


Richard Gulley - Dust collection

Club Infornation


Membership Information

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.

Looking Back- From the May 2006 issue of Splinters:

“The May program will be a movie presentation featuring the Marugg Company of Tracy City, TN. Tom Cowan will interview owners, Andy Weaver and Dean Lutz, who will lead us through a fascinating story of the founding and operation of the company from its beginning up to the present, along with demonstrations of their unique use of machinery. Andy and Dean have been active, participating Club members for many years. Don't miss this combination of shop tour and history lesson on May 16th.
“Paul Fulks mentioned the Marugg Company in Tracy City in his Tennessee history story at the September 2017 Club meeting. That video is now available along with many others in the Club’s digital library on the Library tab on the Home Page at www.tnvalleywoodclug.org or can be accessed by clicking on http://www.tnvalleywoodclub.org/TVW_Video/marugg%20shop%20tour.wmv “

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.



    Here is a description of Blue Pau's carving seminar that started yesterday along with two photos.

    Mallard Duck Carving Seminar

    Blue Pau’s mallard duck carving seminar kicked-off on Saturday morning, October 7 at the regularly scheduled Carvers Clinic at Jim Jolliffe’s shop. The goal of the seminar is to carve a half-scale realistic mallard duck. Each of the seminar participants was provided a duck rough-out and a pattern. The rough-outs were cut from basswood that had been donated to the carvers by Stanley Dunn. Blue provided a completed “demo duck” to illustrate important duck features. Following the carving process, finishing will include wood burning the feathers and painting. Each carver will progress at his own rate and consult with Blue at future Carver Clinic meetings on the first and third Saturday's of the month until their duck is complete.

    Wood Carving Seminar with Adina Huckins

    • Who: TVWW Members. No Experience Necessary. Class Size Limited to 15.
    • What: Carving a Female "Mask" from a Rough Out
    • When: Saturday-Sunday 27-28 January 2018, 8:00 AM — 4:30 PM (with lunch break)
    • Where: Jim Jolliffe's Shop:
     201 Jolliffe Acres Lane Tullahoma TN 37388
    • Why: Learn and hone your wood carving skills!
    • How: Bring your tools or use the Splinter Carvers'
    • Cost: $157 = $120 Seminar plus ($37)Rough Out
     (Club may offset some of the cost)
    • Sign Up/Pay Early to guarantee your slot!

    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.


    Doyle McConnell showed pepper-mill made of maple with walnut inlay around, finish lacquer. He also had a baby rattle made of holly wood.
    Noel Johnson brought a bowl made of maple finished with shellac and a hammered tin lid. Also had a bowl made of hackberry and used crayons for finish.

    Chuck Taylor showed a guide he made to drill hole in center of bed post he was repairing. He explained how he kept hole straight by making and using a bushing to guide.
    John Hartin brought a green turned bowl with natural edge. A great feature are the four legs that are part of the bowl. To be finished later.He also showed a picture of himself, the results of an accident in his shop which he stated was coused due to a inproper procedure. WARNING BE CAREFUL.

    Ken Gould had 2 carved duck decoys. One was a Victor decoy his dad had made in late 20's or 30's.
    The second was the first decoy he carved 22 years ago. Both were good pieces. Ken also showed some bolts that he blackened by heating and spraying with WD40. Use care when doing poisonous fumes.

    Gary Bennett showed a birdhouse he made of oak finish spar varnish. He also had a lidded bowl made of walnut with ring around center of purple heart. He explained purple heart is hard to work with. Finish with 3 coats tung oil.

    Judy Bennett brought a couple pretty pieces of intarsia. One was a tree made of poplar and walnut. The other was a calla lilly made from purple heart and poplar. All finished with deft lacquer satin finish.

    Fred Heltsley showed and explained that by grinding end of open end wrench makes a great tool for making tendons.

    Loyd Ackerman had a couple clock forms to show and explain how to fix mistake using CNC. Corrections need to be precise.

    Richard Gulley showed several small items, small crosses and one large cross.


     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


    Struggling to come up with a way to connect a shop vacuum to the odd-size port on a sander, I spotted a tennis ball installed as a rail-guide bumper on my bandsaw. Eureka! 
    Using hole saws the same diameter as the hose and tool ports, respectively, I drilled through a tennis ball to make a custom-fit adaptor. It works great!
    —Bob Muller, Westford, Mass


    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/

    New Supplier

    A new supplier for Dur-a Lac lacquer and thinner products is Poultry Electric and Hardware in Decerd. it is located on the side street just past Walmart as you head from Home Depot towards the Co-op. same side as Walmart. managers name is Dale. Builders Supply is no longer the supplier as Benjamin Moore decided to consolidate suppliers and items.


    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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