Coffee Hour #41 – January 21, 2021: Alaskan woods; turned balusters for porch and deck; Mike’s new dust system; Bill’s big acorn; Angelo turns tricks for magicians; Randy’s knight of pens; Antique ball-n-vase trick; Russian dolls and that spear skew.
Coffee Hour #42 – January 28, 2021: Barry’s dead-accurate thread-cutting jig for the wood lathe; John’s 7-min baluster sketch and design video; Alan’s shop-made lathe speed control; that sphere problem; Charlie’s cracked bowl bottom and what dot do about it; Stephen’s long-hole boring mandrel from Axminster.
Coffee Hour #43 – February 4, 2021: lots of great information exchanged about jam chucks, steady rests, collet chucks and armrests, with a live jam-chuck demo by Ernie and a brilliant sphere-sanding solution from Barry.

Bob recommended sphere-turning videos by Thomas Haeckel:

Kai, who knows Haeckel, adds this link:

Thomas did a metal engineering training first, then worked in information technology and in retirement took up woodturning and metalworking again. He told us he likes woodturning best when it provides the opportunity and challenge to make some special jigs and fixtures in metal. He has his own website: and sells some of his fixtures through a German woodturning shop:

Ray sends this link to these vacuum chucking notes:

and a very clever sphere-shadow turning method  by David Reed Smith: Shadow Sphere Jig (

Coffee Hour #44 – February 11, 2021: Great coffee hour with 100% member-generated content, entirely about woodturning. Ron, safety reminder. Jeff, intro to duck calls and chucks. Bob, big tulip tree, want some? Roy, recent pieces. Garold, lacy sycamore. Doug, spheres sculpture. Ray, holding the work slideshow. Barry, shop made collet chuck.
Coffee Hour #45 – February 18, 2021: This week showed some new video and followups on our general topics of woodturning tools, techniques, and apparatus, especially shop-made gizmos. Angelo’s sphere turning method was a highlight, so we’ve separated that for your ease of viewing. We continued to go around the screen to ask all to show us what is currently being worked on. Thank you for the photos and examples of your own recent work!

From Kai: I looked up the “Minidrechsler” Hermann Straeten on the Internet. He has no homepage of his own, but if you google his name and go to picture search, you will find some of his work. Here is an example that shows some turnings and tools: also does a lot of miniature objects for dollhouses (scale 1:12) like vases, plates, black forest clocks etc. 

And finally, from the turning to tangents discussion, here are some diagrams pertaining to octagons and circles. 

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Coffee Hour #46 – February 25, 2021: This week continued with new video and followups on our general topics of woodturning tools, techniques, and shop-made gizmos. We also spoke a bit about the COVID vaccine.

Here’s Mike Zehr’s Lumberjocks post re his yarn ball winder project:

Here’s a link to the current issue of Judy’s corona virus newsletter, on her website:

Coffee Hour #47 – March 4, 2021: 47 brings us new video and discussion on our general topics of woodturning tools, techniques, and shop-made jigs, with special guest Mike Peace. Lots of content below, so enjoy!
Here’s the full video of our pen-turning coffee hour.
Here’s Randy’s excellent pen-turning presentation, emphasizing work-holding jigs and mandrels, and special cutting tools, for precision and accuracy.
This is the slideshow of pens that Kathy turns.

Put your foot on the gas and head to YouTube: look for Mike Peace and his incredible array of videos. Our only disappointment is that he’s a few hundred miles south of us – we’d love to have him as permanent in-person member of LAW!

Mike Peace Woodturning – Demonstrations, private instruction and woodturning content to inspire and teach.

Here’s Randy’s list pf pen-turning resources:

Pen Turning Web site:  International Association of Penturners –



  Exotic Blanks  


  Arizona Silhouette

  Penn State Industries


  Craft Supplies 

  Kallenshaan Woods

Sanding Jig Supplier

  Rick Herrell

Machine Tools  

  MSC – drill bits

  Little Machine Shop

Coffee Hour #48 – March 11, 2021: features member work, work-in-progress, jigs, fixtures, woodturning problems and adventures.
Kai’s part of Coffee Hour, edited to show Kai’s small-tools slideshow, and the interesting discussion it generated.
Coffee Hour #49 – March 18, 2021: features Ernie Conover’s presentation on turner’s gates, member work, work-in-progress, and general discussion of turning.

Hollowing rigs we saw and discussed in Ernie’s slideshow:

Oneway, from Easy-Core Coring System (
Carter system, from
Jamieson system,
Bosch system,
Steve Sinner system, from  Advanced Lathe Tools By Steve Sinner, Woodturning 

Coffee Hour #50 – March 25, 2021: great information exchanged about making your own tools; odd, favored, and unused tools; John’s spindle project and Ernie’s suggestions, and more enjoyable banter in the world of woodturning.

Randy’s link to demos and videos that include how to use cameras to create the profile you want to cut, and trace it from the video screen: