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Lathe Talk #49: Recycled Dust Filter Mounting and Final Dust Collector Upgrades
August 31, 2012

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Welcome to all of our new U.S. and International subscribers and thank you for joining us! This is the Forty Ninth 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 six to eight weeks 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 Update

The Future of Lathe Talk: In December of 2006, the first issue of Lathe Talk was emailed to less than 25 readers. Today, I am proud to report that more than 18,500 readers worldwide now read Lathe Talk and it remains completely free of any outside advertising. I am also happy to say that we will soon be celebrating our 50th issue of Lathe Talk!

When I started Lathe Talk, I wanted a way to easily share what I have learned about woodturning through the years and offer tips and money saving advice to help you have more fun at your lathe. Six years later, that same vision is alive and well.

Unfortunately, the printed word and pictures can only go so far. These days more and more readers are asking for videos… I had thought about offering a “Premium” version of Lathe Talk for a small subscription fee to help offset production costs for the videos, but that idea never really got much traction on this side of the keyboard.

I have always wanted to keep Lathe Talk as close to the original concept as possible, free to anyone who wanted to read it. To be able to offer videos regularly as a part of Lathe Talk is something I have always wanted to do, but the realities of the cost and logistics of producing quality videos remained a 600-pound gorilla in the room. When I shoot a video, it is a very expensive endeavor.

The time necessary to shoot and edit my educational videos is taken out of my regular production turning time. Whilst I can easily write articles in the wee hours of the night, I cannot shoot videos in the wee hours. This means that when I’m filming, editing, or mastering a video, I’m not making money at the lathe. There are only so many hours in the day and doing videos regularly for Lathe Talk would take a bite out of my income producing time.

Whilst there are ways to trim production costs for the type of subject specific videos that Lathe Talk would feature, some substantial costs would remain. I had thought about opening Lathe Talk up to advertising, but the idea of banner ads and flashing links has never interested me. It’s nice to be able to read a digital newsletter, without being bombarded by tons of advertising.

Therefore, the question becomes how to help offset video production costs without advertising, or requiring a paid membership for the Lathe Talk video version. One idea that a subscriber suggested was including a Paypal “Donate” button within Lathe Talk where readers could donate a small amount to help support Lathe Talk, much like some of the online forums do now. I had never thought about doing anything like that, but the idea is appealing.

A donation button would allow readers to donate a small amount as they felt the urge or not at all, and hopefully, these amounts would help to offset some the video production costs of including videos with each issue. I really want to try to get back to a monthly format as well, complete with one or more subject specific videos in each issue. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million words.

For example, if I write an article about sharpening, all of the text and photos would help to illustrate the idea, but a video would clearly show the techniques. Alternatively, what about a video showing little known secrets on how to pressure cast your own resins for project blanks, or a video showing professional finishing secrets for woodturnings and more?

Videos can clearly show techniques that would take pages of words and pictures to describe. Videos are such a great learning tool that I really want to incorporate them into Lathe Talk. What do you think? If an article in Lathe Talk has ever helped you with a woodturning technique, or saved you a wee bit of cash, would you consider donating to help Lathe Talk expand into videos?

We will still have regular articles with text and photos, but there will also be links to my subject videos as well. These can be watched at your leisure, or as you are reading the articles. As always, Lathe Talk will remain free to anyone who wants to read it and it will remain completely free of any outside advertising.

If you are so inclined, please consider donating a small amount to help Lathe Talk expand and grow as we begin to incorporate videos into each issue. Starting with the next issue, a Paypal link will be included where you can donate to help support the expansion of Lathe Talk. Monies raised from this Paypal link will help to offset productions costs of Lathe Talk and the cost to shoot, edit, master and publish videos with each issue. I have always solicited your opinions and I would appreciate them again…

Your Opinion Counts

What do you think about adding videos to Lathe Talk? What do you think about donating to help support the expansion of Lathe Talk? Go ahead and give me your unvarnished opinion, I really want to know your thoughts. Don’t worry, I have thick skin, so let it rip, reload and hit it another lick. I’m hoping that you will see the value of adding professional videos to Lathe Talk and that you will help to make this possible by sending a small donation through the Paypal link in future issues.

If you do not wish to donate, that’s ok too. However, if you like Lathe Talk, if it has ever helped you in your studio, or if you like the idea of one or more professionally produced videos in each issue, consider donating to help us expand and incorporate videos into Lathe Talk. Also, please let me know what types of articles and videos you would like to see in future issues of Lathe Talk!

One Hundred Three (103) Free
Woodturning Articles
Now Online!

Link To Our Free Woodturning 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 49 articles in the Main Library, 53 articles in the Tips Library and more than 655 terms in the Multimedia Glossary Library, covering beginner to advanced topics.

Please help us to share these valuable learning resources with other turners in your woodturning clubs, associations, or on your own woodturning website links page. The direct link to our Main Educational Library is shown below:

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Thanks in advance for your support of our educational efforts.

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Issue #49 Special – For Lathe Talk Subscribers Only

$5.00 Off Any DVD Video or e-Book! Take an additional $5.00 off any DVD or e-Book from our website. To access this special offer, enter the coupon code 77789 on the shopping cart page in the coupon box area. Click the "recalculate" button and your discount will show on the screen. Offer ends September 15, 2012 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:
Recycled Dust Filter Mounting and Final Upgrades

Learn how to recycle your dust collector filter mounting bracket for use with a new filter. To view the full article, click on the link below.

Recycled Dust Filter Mounting and Final Upgrades

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 18,500 woodturners all over the world 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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