Six years young!
As our long-time friends are aware, we pass the hat occasionally to help defray some of the ongoing costs of running this site. Last year, we introduced the "Recurring Donations" system, a great service from PayPal that lets you automatically send a donation on a recurring basis, in this case monthly. Just select a comfortable contribution level and click the "Sign Me Up!" button below. Only you can decide what WoodCentral is worth to you, but I'm betting it is worth at least as much as an annual magazine subscription.
When you click the "Sign Me Up!" button, if you are not a PayPal member, you will have the option of signing up right away for this popular Internet transaction service. Signup is very easy and completely secure.
Thank you for all your support in the past, and for your continued support in the future!
Serving the woodworking community.
The past couple years, I've tried to model our requests for support after National Public Radio's semi-annual fund drives, in the spring and fall. It's a minor nuisance for a week or two, and then it's over and the mission is funded for another six months.
WoodCentral would not be as vital as it is without the considerable efforts of our staff of volunteers who bring you Shop Shots, Sightings, Articles & Reviews, Book Reviews, Links and other favorite WoodCentral features and who moderate our messageboards so ably and patiently. I can't thank them enough for donating their skills and time to help provide this valuable resource for woodworkers.
Now we need *you*, our visitors, to consider supporting WoodCentral in some way. Our advertisers help us to defray many of our fixed costs, but we also need support from the many thousands of folks who find this site useful, entertaining or downright indispensible. We had an average of almost four *million* page views per month during the busy season last winter, so I know there are a lot or you out there. If you haven't contributed in the past, I would be very pleased to add your name to our "Wall of Fame". If you are already a Wall-of-Famer, I hope you will continue to support WoodCentral in some way. (If you have contributed in the past but your name has not appeared on the Wall of Fame, please let me know that, too. Our clerical department is sometimes a bit challenged. :-)
Premiums for your contributions.
Donations of $50 or more will receive the latest copy of our messsage archives, "WoodCentral: The First Five Years." At the $100 level, donors are eligible for a WoodCentral hat or T-shirt as well. And everyone who contributes will get my everlasting esteem and a commitment to keep this site growing and evolving in coming years.
How to contribute…PayPal Donations: Just log in to your PayPal account, type "firstname.lastname@example.org" in the "Recipient's Email" box, and specify an amount. There are no minimum donations, it's secure, you don't have to give out a credit card number, and WoodCentral gets your donation right away.
Besides the recurring donation options described above, there are plenty of ways you can help support WoodCentral:
If you are not already a Pay Pal member, sign up by clicking on the logo below. Your Pay Pal account is bound to come in handy online, especially if you plan to attend online auctions. (Check PayPal terms for latest signup rules and rewards.)
Credit Card: To donate with your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card, just call our toll-free number (1-877-933-4637) during business hours here on the East coast.
Check or Money Order: Mail your donations to
P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081
Other ways you can support WoodCentral…Patronize our advertisers. I'm really serious about this. These good folks are here because you are. Every WoodCentral advertiser sells something that you probably need, so don't be shy. Visit their sites. Take time out from your message meandering to click their banners. They'll be glad you did, and so will you! And, so will WoodCentral when they renew their ad.
Buy a hat or a T-shirt. Our snazzy hats and T-shirts are now proudly worn from coast to coast by the most discerning, fashion-conscious woodworkers. In our "Sightings" frame on the messageboard welcome screen, you can catch glimpses of WoodCentral hats in some pretty bizarre and unexpected places. Join the fun! Click here or on the "WoodCentral Store" link on our messageboard for ordering information.
Tell your friends about us. Higher traffic to WoodCentral results in higher advertising revenue.
Tell your friends about Woodfinder. Our partner site, Woodfinder, is the easiest way to find sources for wood, wood products and sawmill services. Woodfinder's 400+ suppliers want your business, whether you're looking for one board foot or a truckload. Find veneers, turning blanks, musical instrument woods, salvaged woods, moldings, logs, locally sawn woods and MORE. By patronizing Woodfinder suppliers, you are helping to support our entire online effort. Don't forget to tell them that Woodfinder sent you.
Be a Woodfinder scout. If your favorite wood dealer isn't already a Woodfinder supplier, please tell them about us. Better yet, call us toll-free at 1-877-933-4637 to tell us about potential Woodfinder members!
Volunteer your services. We can always use use the services of people with Web production skills -- HTML programming, graphic arts, editing experience, etc. -- to help us refresh some of our features and add new ones. If you're willing, able and even remotely interested, please inquire.
That's the long and short of it, folks. The bottom line is that we're all in this together. You can help WoodCentral continue to provide this unusual resource for information-thirsty woodworkers. All donations are gratefully accepted! And, please, don't hesitate to send me constructive feedback on WoodCentral. Tell me what you like and don't like about the site and suggest anything you'd like me to consider adding to our eclectic mix. As I've said from day one, "This site is BY and FOR you!"
Sorry about the long-winded commercial. Thanks for your support!
. . . Ellis Walentine, Host