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December 2006: Inside This Issue

  • Website Update
  • December Website Special
  • Finishing Tip of the Month
  • Turning Tip of the Month
  • Studio Research Update
  • Subscription Information

Welcome to the first edition of Lathe Talk, a free monthly newsletter (e-zine) for subscribers of Steve Russell's "Woodturning Videos Plus" woodturning website. The newsletter will be delivered on or about the first of each month to the email address you indicated on your sign-up form.

If you like this e-zine, please do a friend and me a favor by forwarding it to them. If a friend DID forward this to you and you like what you read, please subscribe by visiting our subscription page. Lathe Talk will offer tips and tricks to make your woodturning easier and more productive. I'll also show you ways to save money in your studio so you can stretch your hard earned money. In addition, we will periodically offer subscribers only specials on our videos and ebooks.

Since this is my first edition, I would like to ask for your opinions of what you would like to see in Lathe Talk. Do you want to see pictures in this newsletter, or is an all text version better? Would a question and answer section be beneficial? Please feel free to email me with any questions, or suggestions for future issues.

Woodturning Videos Plus Website Update

Thanks to the encouragement from many of you over the years, I finally have a website! In addition to offering my DVD videos and ebooks for sale on the website, we plan to have an extensive library of articles on the website that will cover a broad range of woodturning related subjects. You can access the library on the website at any time by selecting the library button.

We will be adding articles to the library frequently, so check back often for the latest information. We are also working on adding video segments to the website and adding photos to all of the articles in the library. In the next few months, we will be adding a gallery of some of my work, as soon as we can get all of the pictures optimized. Please feel free to email your friends and tell them about my website, the free library of articles and encourage them to sign up for Lathe Talk. All issues of Lathe Talk will be archived on the website, for your convenience.

December Website Special For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

Additional $5.00 discount on any of our Combo Specials! Our combos offer significant savings over purchasing the items individually and for the entire month of December, you can save an additional $5.00 off any combo package order. One of our combo packages would make a great gift for a wood turner on your holiday shopping list. To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 116 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recaculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends December 31, 2006 at 12:01 midnight, CST. Additional subscriber only discounts and specials will be offered in future editions of Lathe Talk.

Finishing Tip of the Month - Oil Finishes:
Reducing Color Change on Light Woods

Oil finishes can dramatically change the color of light woods. Learn how to use sanding sealers prior to application of your oil finishes to reduce this color change. To view the full article, click on the link below.

Oil Finishes: Reducing Color Change on Light Woods

Turning Tip of the Month - Dealing with Torn Grain

Learn how to effectively deal with torn grain and tear out on your woodturnings. Includes simple strategies to reduce or eliminate torn grain. To view the full article, click on the link below.

Dealing with Torn Grain

Studio Research Update

I've recently completed a long-term test of cryogenically treated turning tools. Briefly, treated tools averaged an increase in edge life of approximately 250% vs. standard M2 HSS tools. Tools that are cryogenically treated offer improved strength, hardness and wear resistance characteristics throughout the tool.

A sub-test was also performed on carbide tipped carving blades like those found on the Arbortech Mini-Grinder and Industrial Carver. All of the tools in my test were standard M2 HSS, or carbide tipped tools that were treated by a company that specializes in cryogenically treated/tempered tools.

Tools that are cryogenically treated are exposed to nitrogen gas at temperatures of 300 degrees below zero for a specific period of time. This changes the structure of the metal, increasing its wear resistance. Look for details of my testing and results in a future issue of Lathe Talk.

Please accept my very best wishes to you and yours for a safe, healthy and Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!


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