Aug 2018 Newsletter


Stones River Woodworkers Club

August Meeting

August 24, 2018

Saint Marks Methodist Church



Presenter for September :     Doyle McConnell

Retired with 38 years in machine shop.

Member of Tennessee Valley Wood Club since 1989 serving two terms as President and two terms as Vice President. 

I will present a medley of turned craft gift ideas as a motivation for Christmas or other events. 

 Word from the President

SRWC members, if you missed the August meeting you missed a good one!!  Vice-President Ryan Snover scheduled a great program with Mario Martin from Murfreesboro presenting on how to make guitars. The program was fascinating as Mario related the issues and problems he deals with in his shop are identical to what we deal with in our home shops.  Mario’s laid-back approach was very enjoyable and engaging and resulted in much interaction from the members and many, many questions that Mario happily answered.  

In addition to a fantastic program, there were great items available at the raffle table that Treasurer Don McKinney says produced the most income in his three years as treasurer.  Clearly there were many members interested in the merchandise.

Also, great input from the membership when polled for programs and clinics they would like to see.  The requests included: hand sharpening, segmented turning, and finishes and finishing.  We want to say a big Thank You for the ideas and requests.

The Executive Committee has been hard at work.  Some of the issues they are working on include an attempt to standardize to some extent the gifts made for the Good Shepherds Children’s Home at Christmas.  We are seeking input from the administrators at the facility and will seek input from the membership at the September meeting before establishing criteria.  Also, we are looking for a shop or space to host the Pens for the Troops turning session in October.  We will need a shop that can provide space for about four mini lathes and approximately eight to ten people.  Ryan Snover already has leads on scheduling programs on the subjects requested by members and those programs should be in the mix very soon.  Finally, Larry Ward has secured our normal meeting space as the site of our Christmas Party and it will be held on Friday, December 14 at Saint Marks Methodist Church.

There is a timely program scheduled for our next meeting.  It is a presentation on making wooden toys by Doyle McConnell from the Tennessee Valley Woodworkers Club.  This seemed to be a perfect program as we prepare for the Christmas season.

As you can see, things are really popping and we want to continue this momentum and provide much in the way of entertainment and education to all members.  If you know of a member that hasn’t been to a meeting lately, give them a call and tell them what they are missing!!

THE NEXT MEETING IS September 25th


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Calendar of Events

Stones River Woodworkers Club

September 25 September Meeting Making Wooden Toys -Doyle McConnell

October           Pens for the Troops

October 12-15 Tennessee Craft Fall Arts and Crafts Fair   Centennial Park 

October 23           October Meeting Building wooden boats – Travis Hickman

November           Good Shepherds Children’s Home Christmas Gifts

November 27 November Meeting

December 14 SRWC Christmas Party



If you are unable to attend, you may mail your dues ($25.00) with your 

 address, e-mail address, and phone number to my address. 

Don McKinney 149 Elmhurst Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. 


Officers for 2018-19

President Larry Counts 615-631-9510

Vice-President Ryan Snover     770-354-0476

Treasurer Don McKinney    615-419-8386

Secretary Joe Elliott 615-516-9024

Newsletter Editor   Marv Miller

Publicity Glen Emery 615-556-9462

Web Master Robert Woolfolk 615-849-9951

Refreshments Roger Evans   615-542-1072

Please feel free to contact any officer with suggestions, comments, or ideas to improve the club and keep it moving forward.  Thank you!

Remember to check out the club’s website: www.stonesriverwoodworkersclub.comEducational Opportunities


Marc Adams School of Woodworking Franklin, IN


Appalachian Center for Crafts     Smithville, TN


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts    Gatlinburg, TN


John C Campbell Folk School Brasstown, NC


Woodcraft Franklin, TN



Buy and Sell


This space is available for the listing of equipment, tools, materials, etc. that you wish to buy, sell, or trade.  If you would like to utilize this space, please forward you information by email or text to Larry Counts.

Woodworking Shop

SAFETY TIPS from Segmented Turning

by Ron Hampton


Speed kills!

This is just as true of machinery as it is of cars. If by mischance the work piece breaks loose or comes apart, it can become a lethal flying object. The lathe speed must be slow enough to avoid unnecessary vibration. Also. high speed can cause pieces to come apart through excessive centrifugal force. You must always wear a face shield when using the lathe, because you never know when your turning might come apart.

Sober and alert

When working in the shop, you must always be sober and alert. If you are too tired, or in too much of a hurry, to do something the correct way, then it is time for you to quit and go to the house.Safety equipment

Always wear the proper safety equipment . This means that you always put a face shield on before turning on the lathe — always! Whenever you are making any dust, you must have a respirator or air filter on. If you are too tired to wear the filter and face shield, then you are too tired to work.


Use a proper workshop apron, with no loose sleeves or strings which might get caught in the lathe. A heavy apron will give you a considerable degree of protection if the turning comes apart. Mine is home-made from fire-resistant imitation leather.

Plastic face shield

Always use a full-face shield when turning; plastic glasses are not enough. It is fairly common to hear of turners being hit in the face with a heavy section of wood. If the turner is wearing a face shield it is just a sad story of losing a beautiful piece of work when it was almost finished. If not, then it is a story about a trip to the hospital.


Do not wear any loose jewelry (watches, chains. rings), hair, or clothing in the vicinity of moving equipment. Lathes are especially dangerous because you are working close to a rotating shaft. Always be alert to the fact that anything loose might be caught, with disastrous results.

Have nothing in the line of fire

Position your tool rest between you and the turning. If your turning comes apart. the rest gives you some protection. With the tool rest in place between you and the turning, any flying object will almost always travel in a straight line away from the lathe, or straight up. Make sure that your friends or dog are not in the line of fire.

No unattended machines

If you leave the machine, turn it off. Never walk away from a running lathe, and never walk across the path of a running lathe.


Make sure that your turning is in balance and not causing the lathe to vibrate. Whenever possible, hold the turning at both ends by moving up your tailstock.

Sharp tools

Use sharp tools and a light touch when cutting. Dull tools require more force to cut the wood. This excess force makes the tool harder to control, and may cause your turning to come apart. Also, dull tools will not give a smooth finish cut.            

 Raffle Items for September


  Heavy duty carpenter brace drill   (Glenn Emery)

Purpleheart lumber (Robert Woolfolk)


7529 2HP Porter Cable Router