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December 2008: Inside This Issue

  • Website Update
  • Blog Reminder
  • 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-fifth 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 December Update

"Turning Elegant Bottle Stoppers" DVD Video is nearing completion: We're doing the last bit of post production on our new DVD video "Turning Elegant Bottle Stoppers" and it will be ready for purchase very soon. We had hoped to have it ready for a December release, but the audio mastering has not been finished. With the holidays and the mastering studio's workload, it will be January before it's ready for release. Lathe Talk subscribers will receive a special discount on Volume #4 purchases made in January. See next month's Lathe talk for details.

New Video Projects: We have begun shooting our next DVD video, Volume #5 and we've started storyboarding two more "special request" videos that will begin shooting in 2009. If you have any suggestions for videos that you would like to see, please let us know. We hope to release three new videos in 2009, so check back often for the latest updates.

New Woodturning Forum Coming Soon: We are pleased to announce that we will be adding a new Woodturning Forum to our website in the very near future. We're currently assessing the different forum formats, as well as hosting solutions. This new forum will allow Lathe Talk subscribers and forum members to post woodturning related questions and receive answers from a large and diverse group of turners. There will also be space for you to post photos of your turned work, so everyone can enjoy your latest lathe creations.

This will be a moderated forum, so you won't have to worry about spam postings. With thousands of Lathe Talk subscribers located all over the world, this will be a great place for you to get woodturning advice and keep up on the latest tools and protocols. We think this will be a great new addition to our website! This is just one of the many new website features we have planned for 2009.

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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December Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

20% Discount Off Purchases: As a special thank you to all of our Lathe Talk subscribers, we're offering a 20% discount off any e-Book, video, or combo pack purchased from now through the end of December 2009.

To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 55387 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends December 31, 2008 at 12:01 midnight, CST. Additional subscriber only discounts and specials will be offered in future editions of Lathe Talk.

Subscriber Opinion Poll

To celebrate the second anniversary of Lathe Talk, we are conducting our very first subscriber opinion poll. We would like to know what you like about the current Lathe Talk format, and what changes or new content you would like to see as we move into our third year. Please take a few moments to let us know what we can do to improve Lathe Talk. Your comments are sincerely appreciated!

  1. Content: Do you like the current format with two articles each month? Do you prefer more or less?
  2. Photos: Would you prefer photos to be clickable to a larger photo, or a high-resolution photo? In addition, do you want more photos, less, or about the same?
  3. Special Requests: Do you have any special requests for features, or format changes? Would you like to see some step-by-step photo projects?
  4. Distribution: Do you have any problems receiving your Lathe Talk issues each month?

Please email us your thoughts at Thanks for participating!

Finishing Tip Of The Month:
Plexitone Finish – Part 1

Learn how to make plexitone, a durable homemade finish using plexiglass and acetone. This finish is a good choice for small woodturnings. To view the full article, click the link below.

Plexitone Finish

Hot Tip Of The Month:
Sanding Crushed Stone Inlays

Learn why diamond abrasives are a good choice for the initial sanding of crushed stone inlays on your woodturnings. To view the full article, click the link below.

Using Diamond Abrasives to
Sand Crushed Stone Inlays

Closing Thoughts and Thanks

Special Thanks to all Subscribers Our subscriber base continues to see record 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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