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May 2008: Inside This Issue

  • Website Update
  • Blog Reminder
  • May Website Special
  • Hot Tip of the Month
  • Turning Tip of the Month
  • Subscription Information

Welcome to all of our new U.S. and International subscribers and thank you for joining us! This is the eighteenth edition of Lathe Talk, a free monthly newsletter (e-zine) for subscribers of Steve Russell’s "Woodturning Videos Plus" woodturning website. This newsletter will be delivered on or about the first of each month to the email address you indicated on your sign-up form. All back issues of this newsletter are available to subscribers here.

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 e-books. 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.

Woodturning Videos Plus May Update

Studio Remodeling Continues: I've resumed remodeling in the studio and it's getting down to the not so fun things like reorganizing the storage racks for all of my turning squares and trying to find a place for all of the small tools and equipment in the new cabinets. My next big project in the studio will be to design and build new drying racks for my stage three green wood roughouts (blanks that have reached equilibrium moisture content).

Once the roughouts have reached EMC, you can stack them for easier storage. This makes it possible to store a large number of roughouts in a small area, but it can be a challenge to store them in such a way that they are easily accessible when needed.

I have settled on a size/shape classification system that should make it easier to find the specific roughout I need for a particular project. Under this system, the roughouts are separated first by size, then by shape. For example, 14" bowls, 16" bowls, etc. In the 14" bowl area, the bowls will be stacked according to the shape into rounds, ogees, shallow open, deep etc. This simplifies nesting the roughouts, since it's easier to nest projects that are similar in size and shape.

Volume #4 DVD Video Is Nearing Completion: Later this month, we will resume filming my current DVD video project. We hope to have all of the raw film shot by the end of the month. Then we move into post-production to complete the editing, titling and designing the packaging.

Link To Our Free Educational Libraries: If you belong to a woodturning club or association, please consider asking your Webmaster to add a link to our website's free educational libraries. There are currently 21 articles in the main library and 24 articles in the tip library, covering beginner to advanced topics.

Please help us to share this valuable learning resource with other turners in your woodturning clubs, associations, or on your own woodturning website links page.

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May Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

Additional $5.00 Discount Off Volume #3 e-Book and DVD Super Deluxe Combo Pack: For the month of May 2008, you can save and additional $5.00 off the current sale price of $90.00 on any Volume #3 e-Book and DVD Video Super Deluxe Combo Pack ordered from our website. The regular price of this volume is $130.00, with this special sale; your price will be $85.00, (plus taxes if you live in Texas) plus postage.

Our Super Deluxe Combo Pack is our best selling combo pack and includes our pen turning video, both e-Books and our double DVD video on bowl turning. With this special sale, you get a complete set of my woodturning videos and e-books, including Volumes I, II and III. It's the next best thing to taking a private instruction class! Full details on topics covered in this video are available here. Preview clips of the videos are located here.

To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 7663 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends May 31, 2008 at 12:01 midnight, CST. Additional subscriber only discounts and specials will be offered in future editions of Lathe Talk.

Hot Tip of the Month - Introduction To Hollowing Tools

Learn about the various hollowing tools to woodturners, including hand-held, arm brace, captured and laser-guided systems. To view the full article, click the link below.

Hollowing Tools: An Introduction

Turning Tip Of The Month – Centre Saving On A Mini-Lathe

Learn about using the McNaughton center saver on mini-lathes with the new micro and mini center saver systems. To view the full article, click the link below.

Using the McNaughton Center Saver On A Mini-Lathe

Closing Thoughts and Thanks

We're Breaking Records Every Month!: Thanks to all of our new and existing Lathe Talk subscribers for our continued record setting subscription pace! Our subscriber base is more than doubling every six months!

We're proud of the fact that Lathe Talk is now being distributed to thousands and thousands of professional and hobby woodturners all over the world. If you have any suggestions or topics for Lathe Talk, or any other comments, please let me know.

Help Us Spread The Word: Please let your woodturning friends know about my Lathe Talk newsletter and encourage them to subscribe. Working together, we can make Lathe Talk a valuable educational resource for woodturners around the world. Take care and let me know if I can help you with any of your woodturning questions, or challenges.


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