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Why Premium Content? began in Fall of 2000 as a modest effort to provide information to help new and prospective owners of mini-lathes. Interest in this subject has far exceeded my expectations and the site, as of Spring 2003, is attracting about sixty thousand visitors per month.

To provide good response time with this many visitors, I have had to substantially increase the site's capacity, and naturally that has significantly increased the cost of hosting the site. Additionally, keeping up with new product introductions has required a major investment of my time.

In order to continue providing this service, it became evident that I needed to make self-supporting.  The approach I have chosen is to provide premium content on topics of special interest and to charge a fee to access those topics. As of Fall, 2002, I am pleased to report that response to the Premium Content pages has been very encouraging and has achieved my goal of making self-supporting.

Here's how it works:

You may subscribe to individual topics and pay only for the topics you are interested in. This payment entitles you to access that topic for a period of one year. You may also subscribe to all premium topics for 24.99.  Any topics you have subscribed to within the last six months will be credited towards this full subscription amount and you will automatically have access to any new topics that are added during your subscription period.

It's like a reference manual in which you can purchase only the chapters you want - and when you want them. The content that has been free, will continue to be free, and new free content will be added as time permits.

A few additional points:

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Premium content articles are written in an easy-to-read style with lots of clear photographs to illustrate important points. If you aren't familiar with and would like to see some comparable content, check out the free Mini-Lathe Operations pages or the article on making a chuck backing plate.

Skill Levels

In the description of each topic, I rate the skill level as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. Needless to say, these are relative terms. Certainly, it takes an advanced level of skill to make a working 4 cylinder internal combustion engine, but that's way beyond the skill level required for any of the Premium Content projects.  Here are some guidelines:

Beginner You have worked with your lathe for a least a week or two and have a level of comfort with the basic skills such as facing, drilling, turning and parting.
Intermediate You have been actively using your lathe for several months and are very comfortable with the basic skills, plus skills such as tapping and knurling.  You can accurately measure and size your work to .002" or better. Some intermediate projects will require basic skills on the milling machine.
Advanced You have a year or more of active use of your lathe and comparable milling skills. You can consistently measure and size work to .001" or better and place holes very accurately. You feel pretty confident that you can make anything the lathe and mill are capable of given good instructions. You are comfortable coming up with your own creative modifications and workarounds.

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