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Inside Issue #40

  • Website Update
  • Blog Reminder
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  • Finishing Tip of the Month
  • Hot Tip of the Month
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Welcome to all of our new U.S. and International subscribers and thank you for joining us! This is the Fortieth edition of Lathe Talk, a free newsletter (e-zine) for subscribers of Steve Russell’s "Woodturning Videos Plus" woodturning website. This newsletter will be delivered approximately once every four to six weeks to the email address you indicated on your sign-up form. All back issues of this newsletter are available to subscribers here.

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Woodturning Videos Plus Update

Celebrating More Than 10,000 Readers Worldwide!

The Dog Days of Summer: It’s the dog days of summer here in the Houston area and it’s been hot as a Habanero pepper of late. Just about every day is near 100 degrees, with heat indexes over 100 degrees most days. As a result, I have shut down all outside log processing/harvesting until it gets cooler. Normally I cut and process logs whenever possible during the summer, but it’s just been too bloody hot for the last couple of months. I’m staying in the air-conditioned studio these days, working on new projects and completing tests that I have been running over the last few months. If you live in an area that is having cooler weather, please turn your fans towards Houston and send us some of that cool weather!

No Lathe Talk Published in June or July: I have been running at breakneck speeds all year long without a break. Items on my “Honey Do List” have been piling up on me and as a result, I decided to take a wee bit of time off from writing Lathe Talk in June and July, so I could finish some remodeling that has been patiently waiting for me. Unfortunately, the only way I can find any free time these days is by canceling something else on my jam-packed schedule. I’m making good progress on my remodeling project now and I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so Lathe Talk is getting back on track again. My wife and I both thank you for your understanding in this regard.

“Your Time To Turn” Symposium Rescheduled: Many of you recall that I announced earlier this year that the woodturning club I founded in The Woodlands, Texas (Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization) was going to be hosting the first woodturning symposium ever designed specifically to teach disabled persons (like members of the blind community, paraplegics, quadriplegics and the hard of hearing, or deaf) woodturning techniques.

The board of directors for the LSWA spent countless hours earlier this year working to secure grants and funding for the symposium. After a Herculean effort that lasted several months, we were unable to find sufficient funding to host the symposium this year. As a result of this, we have rescheduled the symposium for November of 2011, with the hope that we will have more time to find and secure funding for this project.

With the current state of the economy, finding grants and funding for charitable projects has been extremely difficult for many charities. We are competing with every other charitable organization for donations during these tough economic times. The board of directors for the LSWA is committed to finding a way to secure funding for this symposium. If you know of any possible sources for grants or funding to help the disabled learn woodturning techniques, please email

Note: Donations to the Lone Star Woodturners Association, Inc. are tax deductible to the extent permitted under current IRS guidelines and tax law.

Help Shape the Content of Lathe Talk: For some time now, I have been thinking about what type of content would be best for future issues of Lathe Talk. I’m always interested in hearing what articles, tests, or reviews you would like to see in future issues. Would you like to see more tool reviews, project articles, technical articles, finishing articles, embellishing articles, or perhaps a few short video segments that demonstrate woodturning techniques? What are you interested in these days? What would you like help with? If you have any ideas or suggestions, please email and I will try to include as many of the suggestions as possible in future editions of Lathe Talk.

Would You Like to Write an Article for Lathe Talk? One of the new features I’m going to add to Lathe Talk is a section for articles written by subscribers. Do you have a special technique, or a way of doing something that you think other woodturners could benefit from? Maybe you work in a small studio and have found some innovative ways to enjoy your passion for woodturning in a small space. Or perhaps, you love embellishing your work and you have discovered an easy way to achieve professional looking results on a tight budget. Or maybe you just want to share your way of doing something with other woodturners around the world. If so, why not consider writing an article and snapping a few pictures for an upcoming edition of Lathe Talk?

If you’re interested in submitting an article for Lathe Talk, please email me and I will be happy to discuss your idea with you. I can help with editing and arranging the article and there are websites where you can upload pictures for free, that I can easily access for the article. You will of course be given credit for your work, but the only compensation you will receive is a hearty “Thank You” for your efforts and the knowledge that you are helping other woodturners around the world. Note: As everyone is aware, Lathe Talk does not accept outside advertising and is published free of charge to all subscribers.

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Issue #40 Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

$5.00 Off Any Order! Take and additional $5.00 off any order from our website. To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 5607 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends August 31st, 2010 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:
Raising the Grain

Learn simple techniques for raising the grain on wood prior to sanding and finishing to get a better finished surface. To view the full article, click the link below.

Raising the Grain

Hot Tip of the Month:
Dust Collection Tips

Learn various methods for dust collection in your woodturning studio, including a central station collector, a ceiling mounted dust collector and personal powered respirator. To view the full article, click the link below.

Dust Collection Tips

Closing Thoughts and Thanks

Our subscriber base has grown every single 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 Lathe Talk is read by more than 10,000 woodturners all over the world every month and it remains completely free of any outside advertising. 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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