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November 2008: Inside This Issue

  • Website Update
  • Blog Reminder
  • November Website Special
  • Finishing Tip of the Month
  • Hot Tip of the Month
  • Subscription Information

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Welcome to all of our new U.S. and International subscribers and thank you for joining us! This is the twenty-fourth 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 fifteenth 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 November Update

Woodturning with Steven D. Russell DVD Video - Volume #4 "Turning Elegant Bottle Stoppers" is Now in Post Production: My latest video is now in post production and is expected to be ready to ship in early December. This will be a 2-hour double DVD set on turning elegant bottle stoppers. We have had tons of requests from our Lathe Talk subscribers to make this project video.

This video will include four projects and will feature my techniques for turning traditional wooden dowel bottle stoppers, a wooden dowel stopper with a cabochon stone inlay, an acrylic acetate stopper with a threaded metal cone stopper and an acrylic acetate stopper with Cubic Zirconia (diamond simulant) inlays, set in 18kt solid gold with a stainless steel metal cone bottle stopper. Look for more details in next month's Lathe Talk. Lathe Talk subscribers will receive a special discount for any Volume #4 purchase made in December.

December's Lathe Talk will Publish in Early December: Due to the holidays, the December issue of Lathe Talk will publish in early December, instead of our usual mid-month distribution. January's Lathe Talk will return to our normal publishing date.

Recent Additions to Our Website

Tool Reviews Library: Our new Tool Reviews Library is off and running with the first few reviews uploaded. These include a review of Lyle Jamieson's Hollowing System and Kel McNaughton's new Carvers Jig. The next reviews to be posted will include the Laguna LT18 Bandsaw, The Jet Tools DC 100 Dust Collector, The Jet Tools Variable Speed Mini-Lathe, Baldor's 8" Low Speed Grinder, Baldor's 8" High Speed Grinder and two Stihl Chainsaws, the 026 and the 066.

If you have any suggestions for tools, products or finishes you would like to see reviewed, please let email me at wturningvideosplus@comcast.net

Our new Tool Reviews Library can be found here.

Woodturning Glossary: We have begun building our new 2,000+ word multimedia woodturning glossary on our website here.

The first installments to the library will be basic navigational items and the initial upload of Phase 1 words and definitions. Due to the massive size of this project, it will be built in several stages with text uploaded first, then some photos and a few video clips. Once Phase 1 is complete, we will begin Phase 2 uploading in the same manner and continue through the planned 20 Phase upload.

This will make the library useable from the get go, as we continue to build and refine the interface. This will be a massive undertaking that will eventually include pictures, video segments, drawings and even a few audio files. As the glossary becomes larger, we will split off each group of alphabets into their own unique pages, to keep the page load times fast. I'm still looking for a good on page search engine to enhance the user interface and make navigation easier and faster. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

When complete, this will be the most comprehensive multimedia woodturning glossary on the Internet. Future plans call for foreign language versions and downloadable plans for projects and jigs listed in the glossary. We'll keep you updated on our progress.

Our Educational Libraries Now Contain more
than 60 Original Articles on Woodturning!

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 30 articles in the Main Library and 32 articles in the Tips 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.

The direct link to our educational library is shown below:


Our woodturning tips library is located here:


Thanks in advance for your support of our educational efforts.

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November Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

Additional $10.00 Discount off Our Volume I, II and II Super Deluxe Combo Pack. From now until the end of November 2008, you can save and additional $10.00 off the current sale price of $90.00 on any Volume #1, 2, and 3 Super Deluxe Combo Pack ordered from our website. With this special sale, your price will be $80.00 (plus taxes if you live in Texas) plus postage. The regular price of this combo pack is $130.00.

The Super Deluxe Combo Pack is our most popular DVD videos and e-books package. It includes the complete Volume I and Volume II e-books plus the Volume II pen turning DVD video and the Volume III bowl turning DVD video.

With this package, you receive the 70-minute pen video and the 2 hour, 20 minute (2 disk set) bowl videos, plus two electronic books. You can view the books on your computer monitor or print individual pages, chapters or both books with your computer printer. Additional information on specific topics covered in the e-Books and the DVD videos can be found here.

To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 11987 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends November 30, 2008 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 – Lacquer Finish Shortcut

Learn how to use this lacquer finish shortcut to speed application of spray lacquers on your woodturnings. To view the full article, click the link below.

Lacquer Finish Shortcut

Hot Tip Of The Month – Random Orbit Sanders

Learn the benefits of using random orbit sanders to finish sand woodturnings. Includes advantages and disadvantages. To view the full article, click the link below.

Random Orbit Sanders

Closing Thoughts and Thanks

We will be conducting our very first subscriber poll next month!: Lathe Talk is now two years old! It seems like only yesterday when I published my first volume. My how time flies! We have had many requests from our subscriber base to publish a second "Premium Version" of Lathe Talk with lots more multi-media content like embedded project videos, high definition photographs, downloadable project files and more. We want to know what you would like to see as we move into our third year. Look for next month's opinion poll and please take a few moments to tell us how we may improve Lathe Talk!

Our subscriber base is growing every month! Thanks to all of our new and existing subscribers for our continued record setting subscription pace! Our subscriber base continues to see explosive growth every month.

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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