• Vol 33 / Issue 11
  • November 2018
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

About The November Meeting

The November meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 20th at the University of Tennessee Space institute, room H111. The November program has been changed. Clay Bearden,who is a Tullahoma woodworker, will be our presenter. He will talk about about a floating top table which was pictured in the September issue of Wood magizine.

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


Tis the season to be in the shop. As I write this, there are only 42 days till Christmas eve. That may sound like a long time, but some woodworkers I know have been known to (dare I say) procrastinate. Take my advice, git ‘er done! Now I need to take my own advice – finish this newsletter and hit the shop!

Looking Back

Coming Events

Welcome to Our New Members

We had several new members join in October. We welcome Carl Blumenthal from Winchester, Dennis Finney and Ken Jordan of Tullahoma, and David Molvik from Huntland.

We also had two other guests - Troy Easton and Dale Philpott.

October 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. Also, there may be additional pictures of some of the items in the Gallery. Look for Show and Tell.

Doyle McConnell

Doyle McConnell brought a number of items as ideas for Christmas gifts. He had 2 magnifying glasses, a purse hanger, and a paper clip holder with magnets.

Jim Jolliffe

Jim Jolliffe showed a walking stick of sassafras for friend. Finish tung oil and 3 coats of semi-gloss poly.

Vince Zaccardi

Vince Zaccardi had a bowl made of poplar with a cherry top and finished with shellac.

Tony Murphy

Tony Murphy showed a bar stool made to go with bar he recently showed. Made of red oak and said used same finish as used on bar..

Doug Dunlap

Doug Dunlap had 2 small bowls made of pecan and finished with danish oil.

Karen Browning

Karen Browning brought a natural edge bowl made from box elder with lacquer finish.

Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylor had 2 vases of hart maple and one of pecan. All finished with gloss lacquer. He also had some spools he made for Falls Mill antique loom.

Mickey Knowles

Mickey Knowles displayed a nice bowl made of Catalpa finished sanding sealer and spray lacquer. He also brought a bowl made of dogwood with lacquer finish and a dipping tray of dogwood with wax finish.

Matt Brothers

Matt Brothers had 2 peppermills made of apple that he had finished. They were turned by Doyle McConnell. He also had pictures of a corner cabinet he repaired for a customer. He explained the process to replace the feet to keep it to period. He also showed pics of a conference table he repaired and that was finished by Jack Kincella. (none of the pictures are available)

Bill Guffey

Bill Guffey had a bowl made from maple and a second bowl made of walnut. Both finished with lacquer. He also showed pictures of a sewing cabinet he made for a lady. It was constructed of cherry with lacquer finish. (Pictures not available.)

Fred Heltsly

Fred Heltsley had pictures of bar stools he made along with a drop leaf table. Made of red oak and finished with paint on urethane. (pictures not available.)

Links of Interest

I try never to miss an opportunity to plug our club forum. I’ve had problems with my bandsaw this month and posted a plea for help. It didn’t take long till Sid Matheny replied with good council. However, I want to share another topic that Chuck Taylor started. You can find it here: http://www.tnvalleywoodclub.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=247

The thread went several pages and Chuck got just the information he needed to avoid buying a new bandsaw. Also, Sid shared a link to a YouTube video on how to set up a bandsaw. That schooled a lot of us. Sometimes conventional wisdom and what we find in books is not always right. Here’s that link:

Carver's Corner

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!/p>

Sweeping Up

These funnies aren’t specific to woodworking, but will probably “speak” to you. Thanks to Sid Matheny for posting the second on our forum.

Cartoon of first cordless drill


Be careful out there folk! That’s all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS