• Vol 32 / Issue 12
  • December 2017
  • Editor, Johnnie Brown

Next Meeting December 19

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



Program December 19- Giant Show and Tell. Everyone is asked to bring something to show. Anything you've made, tools you've used, old woodworking stuff you think will be interesting, and other stuff that you want to show and discuss.








Tennessee Valley Woodworkers Christmas Dinner was Friday December 8, 2017 at Decherd Nazarene Church. Many attended the gathering with woodworkers and many of their wives. There was good fellowship by all before the meal. A holiday dinner buffet was served by a catering service. 

We exchanged gifts and then sing Christmas Carols with music supplied by Richard Gulley on the guitar and Rheta Reese on the violin.

Special thanks to the Decherd Nazarene Church and to Karen Browning and her helpers for setting up and decorating the Fellowship Hall.

Paul Fulks, our Club President, closed the meeting with an excellent rendition of a Christmas poem."Twas the Night before Christmas". He quoted the entire poem without notes.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads

And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer and Vixen,
"On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Donner and Blixen;
"To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys‍—‌and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress'd all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish'd with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look'd like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes‍—‌how they twinkled! His dimples: how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh'd when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill'd all the stockings; then turn'd with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight‍—‌
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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.

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.


    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.


    Richard Gulley showed photos of the great workbench that he is currently constructing. It has a 1.5” thick plywood top. He also showed and discussed various CNC Christmas ornaments, a carved plaque, his new Dust Deputy Cyclone unit and his favorite tool, a 11" Shinto rasp.
    Allen Odell brought two ambrosia maple bowls and a duck carving from the Blue Pau carving class.

    Ross Roepke discussed a large segmented bowl and lid that was made by another club member in days gone by. He also had a small bowl made of Cocobolo.
    Bob Leonard brought two of his “characters”, Billy Bob” and his sidekick, which he had carved and painted.

    Gary Runyon showed a Japanese tool box made from ambrosia maple. He pointed out that the box was finished with a hand plane and no sandpaper was used. The finish on the box was Minwax/antique oil.

    Doyle McConnell showed some new gift ideas. They were scarf ties, made from maple and finished with lacquer.

    Doug Dunlap discussed some small bowls of various woods and cut from the wood differently to enhance the appearance. They were finished with lacquer.

    Jim Jolliffe discussed his cottonwood bark house he carved while doing a seminar at the Alabama Wood Club recently. He finished the house with oak stain and satin lacquer.

    Bill Guffey brought a cherry bowl, a segmented “scrap” bowl and a small bowl made from “mystery wood”. All were finished with lacquer.


     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

    Tools - Humor:

    Extremely accurate information you may or may not have seen or experienced….

    SKILSAW: A portable cutting tool that an be used with little skill to make boards too short.

    BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

    WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh crap'. Will easily wind a tee shirt off your back.

    DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

    CHANNEL LOCKS: Used to round off bolt heads. Commonly employed in the creation of blood-blisters.

    HACK SAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

    VISE GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

    OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop and creating a fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Very effective for digit removal!!

    HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

    BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut large pieces into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. Also excels at amputations.

    TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of all the crap you forgot to disconnect.

    PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

    STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

    PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50-cent part.

    PVC PIPE CUTTER: A tool used to make plastic pipe too short.

    HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit. Also very effective at fingernail removal.

    UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door. Works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use. These can also be used to initiate a trip to the emergency room so a doctor can sew up the damage

    CURSE WORD TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling ‘A FAVORITE EXPLETIVE' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.  -- Pete Miller

    Shop Tip


    General Woodworking and Woodshop Safety Rules:

    1. Only use woodworking machines and tools you have knowledge of or have been trained to use.

    2. Always read and understand the owner’s manual prior to using a tool or piece of equipment.

    3. Always wear safety equipment such as goggles, face shields, dust masks, and hearing protection appropriate for the type of tool or equipment being used.

    4. Dress appropriately. Do not wear gloves, ties, scarves, loose fitting clothing or jewelry around moving equipment.  Also, do not wear sandals, open toed shoes, or go barefoot in the shop. Only wear gloves temporarily when handling or stacking rough lumber for storage purposes.

    5. Avoid distractions at all times. Do not listen to a radio. If you must converse with another person, first turn off the equipment you are using.

    6. Keep the working area and floor clean and free of wood scraps, clutter, oil spills, etc. Always use a brush to clean off sawdust or wood scraps from the machine or work area being used.

    7. Make sure the safety guards are in position and operating properly for all equipment used.

    8. Do not stand in water or use any electrical equipment in the rain or any inclement weather.

    9. Be sure all equipment is properly grounded before use.

    10. Always use the correct tools and equipment for the job. Never use a tool or attachment on a machine for which it was not designed.

    11. Always check stock for nails, screws, staples, loose knots or other defects before using.

    12. Before plugging in a machine, make sure the switch is in the off position. Also make sure the on/off switch is within a convenient reach.

    13. Keep the power cords away from equipment while operating. Also, electrical cords should not be strung across the floor to prevent tripping. If possible, install power cords or wiring overhead or under the floor. If an extension cord must be used, be sure that it has the correct wire size and has a ground plug.

    14. Concentrate on the work at hand at all times. Do not day dream and keep your hands and fingers at a safe distance from blades and any rotating parts while working.

    15.  Always use a push stick to push the stock into the cutting area whenever possible.

    16. Always clamp stock securely when cutting, sanding or drilling.

    17. Never make an adjustment with the power on. If possible unplug the machine when changing blades, bits, etc.

    18. Make sure all blades, bits, drills, etc. are sharp and in good working condition before using.

    19. Lighting is important. Clearly reading scales and measuring devices, plus visualizing blades, bits, drills, and the cut lines on wood stock is imperative.

    20. Do not use a machine until it is running at full speed.

    21. Never walk away from a machine while it is still running. Turn off the power and wait until it has come to a full stop.

    22. If a machine does not sound right, there are unusual smells emitted, or smoke is visible, turn the machine off immediately and check for the problem before reusing.

    23. Avoid unsafe operations where a sudden slip could cause your hand to move into a blade or cutting tool.

    24. Make sure the floor space is clean and clear of debris or spills that could cause an accident.

    25. If possible, do not stand directly behind any stock being cut, planed, or jointed. In the event of a kick-back, serious injury could result.

    26. Keep all machines, equipment, and tools clean, oiled, sharpened, and in good repair.

    27. Keep used oily and stained rags in a covered metal container. This will help prevent spontaneous combustion.

    28. Keep an ABC class fire extinguisher in a convenient location. The ABC class will extinguish all classes of fires.

    29. Discard or sharpen dull blades, cutters, chisels, drill bits, lathe tools, etc. Dull tools may not provide the quality of work desired and could result in accidents.

    30. Keep lumber stored in a safe and dry place. Lumber should never be stored near equipment or working areas.

    31. Use a wooden box to store cut-off material, or small stock that could be used for future projects.

    32. If possible, us an exhaust ventilation system to remove sawdust and chips from the machines.

    33. Never us drugs, alcohol, or medication that would impair vision or judgment in a woodshop environment.


    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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