• Vol 34 / Issue 09
  • September 2019
  • Editor, Richard Gulley

About the September Meeting

The September meeting will be at 6:30 pm on the 17th at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, room H111. For our September program, Steve Shores will demonstrate his method of turning Christmas ornaments.

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


With the passing of Labor Day, summer is officially over. Evidently, no one informed the temperature authorities. It’s been more than hot, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Lawns get mowed, gardens get cleaned off, and woodworkers go to the shop. We’ve had some family issues that have hindered my shop time, but the shop is calling – and I must go.

Looking Back

Coming Events

Annual Club Elections

Elections are not far off. A nominating committee has been appointed to seek out members willing to serve. The strength of our club is largely due to members who are willing to step up and take part in club activities.

Welcome to Our New Members

No new members during August.

Little Free Library

The Franklin County Library is seeking for volunteers to build Little Free Library boxes. As you may know, LFL is a place where books can be stocked for free distribution. A place is usually a box which can be in many shapes and sizes, usually fitted with a door. Most LFLs are outdoors, but a box can also be indoors. Distribution can be with no return, or can be ‘return a book, take a book’. More info at the meeting.

Tips and Tricks

Contact Carl Blumenthal if you have Tips & Jigs you’d like to share with the club.

Doyle McConnell discussed his way of always perfectly sharpening a knife. He discussed the making of a jig and discussed how the jig was used to ensure success.

Marvin Miller demonstrated the method of making perfectly fitting Dust Collector adaptors. He told how to use PVC pipe and heat to form the correct size adaptors.

Fred Heltsley discussed a lumber yard that he recently purchased lumber from in Shelbyville.
Trott Lumber Co. Inc.
270 Card Rd.
Shelbyville, TN
(931) 684-0490
Open Mon thru Thurs 7-5


August Show and Tell


Pictures can also be seen in the Gallery and possibly more (close-ups and other views).

Doug Dunlap

Doug Dunlap brought a segmented bowl, made from oak, walnut and cedar. The bowl was finished with lacquer.

Vince Zaccardi

Vince Zaccardi discussed two cherry natural edged bowls. He talked about how he “fixed” the crack in one of the bowls by filling with metal flakes and epoxy.

Paul Jalbert

Paul Jalbert displayed an “Artisan’s box” made from reclaimed lumber for Lem Motlow’s office. The box had old English lettering and was decorated with relief carvings and chip carvings. The handle was a hand-carved curved rope design. The box was finished with Danish oil. Paul has an explanation of how he created the rope carving in the Articles section of our website.

 Marvin Miller

Marvin Miller displayed a “fluting” project. He discussed the process used for cutting the flutes around the small vessel. The wood was poplar and had a wax finish.

Darrell Albert

Darrell Albert displayed a unique tray design made from curly maple. The tray had six different curves incorporated in the design. The finish was walnut oil.

Gary Runyon

Gary Runyon displayed a grouping of threaded needle boxes. They were made from a variety of different wood including Osage orange, mesquite, bloodwood and bocote.

Allen Odell

Allen Odell discussed a group of carved and painted fishing lures he had made. The wood used was Diamond Willow.

Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylor brought a large hollow vessel with a threaded top and a ½ size hollow vessel with the threaded top. The wood was maple and the finish was gloss lacquer. He also brought a small lidded box made from holly and finished with satin lacquer.

Jim Jolliffe

Jim Jolliffe displayed and discussed two carvings from a recent class he attended. The Cottonwood bark house was finished with lacquer and the tiger carving was finished with paint and wood-burning techniques. Both items were carved by instructors at the class he attended.

Mickey Knowles

Mickey Knowles discussed a walnut bowl he recently turned and discussed some of the difficulties he had with cracking. The finish was lacquer

Links of Interest

Titebond and WWGOA have teamed up to present 6 Simple Woodworking Projects. All projects are presented by George Vondriska, and beginning on September 23rd you will be able to download any one of the projects or tackle the complete series. Enter your email address to join the WoodWorkers Guild of America's 6 Simple Woodworking Projects, plus get new woodworking tips and videos in your inbox with the WWGOA newsletter. https://go.wwgoa.com/a17378/

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!

Member Activities

Vince Zaccardi represented the TVWW well at the Hands-On Science Centers’ 24th Birthday Bash on August 17th. Vince brought his lathe and provided hands-on demonstrations by turning honey dippers for visitors.

Vince also led a crew (Paul Jalbert, Henry Davis, and Richard Gulley) constructing 4 bookcases for the literacy council. The case components were cut at Richard’s shop, assembled at Henry’s shop, and delivered to the Coffee County Jail by Vince and Paul. Thanks also to Henry’s wife, Judy, for lunch on assembly day.

You might also be interested in a non-woodworking event that’s connected to club member Matt Brothers. For several years now folk have been firing cannons at his Pelham farm. See the video here

BTW, Matt was also a hit at the tool auction, or should I say his restored Studebaker was a hit!

Sweeping Up

Someone sent me this (Pete Miller, I think) to share with you. If you don’t think this tool is scary, you’ve never turned your drill press on with the key still firmly in the chuck!

Chuck Key Cartoon


That's all for this month. Watch out for SPLINTERS!

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