• Vol 33 / Issue 8
  • August 2018
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

Next Meeting August 21st

The August meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 21st at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111.


I’d like to take this opportunity to plug the website and forum. At last month’s meeting a request was made for an urn for Larry Dameworth. Loyd volunteered to fill the request and the urn can be seen on the forum.

About The August Program

August 21 -- Jim Joliffe - From giant pine tree to giant bar

A complete list of scheduled programs can be found on the website.

Looking Back

Coming Events

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.

Welcome to Our New Members

No report of new members/visitors.

Membership Roster Update

It’s time to update our membership roster. The following is from Chuck Taylor, our membership chairman –

The following criteria are used to remove TVW members from the active roster for non-payment of dues:

* This action is normally taken in the July-August timeframe by the membership chairman after coordinating removal list with the club treasurer.

Falls Mill Opportunity

John and Janie Lovett are long time members and supporters of the Tennessee Valley Wood Club. The following request was received a couple weeks ago from John. -

We have three woodworking projects in support of the museum that I think may be interesting to members of the club who might want to volunteer their time and skills. I can furnish the wood if they would be interested in furnishing the expertise. The projects all support the development of our textile exhibits.

  1.  One involves building a machine frame using cherry that requires 1820's era joinery, such as mortise and tenon joints. I have the drawings and the frame is not very complicated but is about 8 feet long.
  2. I also need a small machine built in support of a recently donated weaving loom. It involves some turning as well as simple joinery. I have also sketched it out. 3.
  3. The third need is for 36 wooden spools for the loom. I have some originals that could be copied. They are about 6 inches long with a 1/4-inch hole through the stem and 2-inch diameter end pieces. They are pretty easy to make except for the hole through the spool and require some turning.

* John will be glad to meet to discuss the projects. He has the sketches and the wood. All he needs is your expertise. If interested in helping with any of these projects, John and Janie’s contact information is below: Phone: (931) 469-7161 or email at fallsmill@gmail.com.

July Show and Tell


We strive to get the right picture associated with the right presenter, but oftentimes it's hard. So speak up when you give your name and we'll try hard to get everything matched up.

Mike Zinser

Mike Zinser brought a bowl made from spalted maple finished with 8 coats of Minwax antique oil. He had a second bowl made from hackberry with a large crack.

David Sapp

David Sapp showed a bowl and a platter made from ambrosia maple and a few segmented ornaments made of walnut and maple.

Paul Jalbert

Paul Jalbert had a plaque for the Slinger family featuring Marine Corp insignia. Carved from cherry with sanding sealer and finish to be determined later.

John Hartin

John Hartin displayed 2 natural edge bowls and one with legs. He explained how he got legs on the bowl..

Loyd Ackerman

Loyd Ackerman brought a small shelf made of walnut with a horse displayed made with CNC.

Gary Runyon

Gary Runyon showed a Russian support spindle he made for his wife. It is made of cherry and finished with Dr. Wood-shop finish.

Larry Wendland

Larry Wendland displayed 2 small natural edge bowls made with macadamia nut and finished with CA glue.

Tony Murphy

Tony Murphy showed a marking gauge he made. Made with walnut and finished with poly.

Richard Gulley

Richard Gulley had an item he asked if anyone could identify. He also showed a small item which had a hole in the middle. He said you put your finger in the hole to hold down book pages as you read.


Links of Interest

Woodworking Tips

The following tips are from Wood magazine website – Enjoy!

Marking Guide

A recent project required drilling a large number of holes 3⁄8 " from the edge of a workpiece. It wasn’t possible to use a drill press and fence to drill the holes, so I pondered a quick and accurate way to mark a line that distance from the edge for locating hand-drilled holes. Then I built the guide shown from scraps of 3⁄8 "-thick wood and 1⁄4 " hardboard. It worked so well, I made a set for other common dimensions.
—Len Urban, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

miter pic 1Boxes and trays look more interesting when their sides angle out toward the top because of corners cut at compound miters. Fortunately, you can turn your tablesaw’s plain-Jane 90° cutoff sled into an easy-to-control and spot-on accurate jig for cutting compound miters by just adding wedges of any desired angle. (I keep on hand wedges cut at various angles, with 8° being one of my favorites. Experiment with wedges a few degrees different from that to discover what you like best.) You’ll need a mirrored pair of wedges—one with the key at the narrow end of the wedge and the other with the key at the wide end—for cutting opposite ends of each box or tray side. To anchor each wedge, notch one side of the sled’s fence to accept a 1⁄8 "-thick key. For four-sided boxes, set the blade at a 45° bevel. Cut one end of the workpiece, as shown in Step 1, then substitute the mirrored wedge and cut the opposite end, as shown in Step 2.
—Joe Godfrey, Forest City, N.C.

Miter pic 2

Carver's Corner

Dick Wollam’s Carving Show - opens Friday August 17, 2018 at the Artisan’s Depot in Cowan with an Opening Reception from 5-7 PM. You are invited to Dick Wollam's "One Man Show" Opening Reception. His work will be on display for about one month. Come out and support one of our club members.

 Carver’s Pictures - have been posted on the Gallery for you viewing pleasure. Look under Carvers.

The Splinters Carvers meet at Jim Jolliffe’s shop on the first and third Saturday's of the month from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The shop is located at 201 Jolliffe Acres Ln, Tullahoma. Tools and wood are available at the meetings, just bring yourself and try your hand at carving!

Sweeping Up


Talking Trees cartoon

Thanks to Sid Matheny for posting this funny on the forum. Looking forward to seeing you all on the 21st for the August meeting.

That’s all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS