What's it worth to you?
WoodCentral is a legacy woodworking site created by and for the people who visit here. I do my best to make the site the best it can be, to pay the bills, and to keep things running smoothly.
Now that we're approaching a quarter century online, I am pleased to say that WoodCentral is still up and running -- as am I, thankfully -- all because of the dedication and largesse of you, our visitors! But, the out-of-pocket costs of maintaining a 5,000 page website are not inconsequential. As much as I would prefer not to ask you for help, the fact is that advertising revenues cover only a small part of our annual operating costs, and the rest has to come from other sources. Hat and T-shirt sales are not a meaningful profit center. Donations, including donations to our Benefit Auctions, are far more important to our vitality and growth.
Several years ago, we adopted the "Recurring Donations" system, a clever service from PayPal® that lets you automatically and painlessly send WoodCentral small donations at regular intervals until further notice. You can opt in or out anytime, so there's never any risk. Just select a comfortable contribution level and click the "DONATE" button next to your selected donation amount below. 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. [NOTE: Annual donations are more cost effective for us. PayPal® charges WoodCentral a small fee for every donation, and this transaction fee amounts to a much larger percentage of small monthly donations than it does of larger annual ones.]
Only you can decide what WoodCentral is worth to you. We've just redesigned the site and plan to keep the improvements coming. I hope that you consider some level of participation to help us keep the lights on and sustain this remarkable community of woodworkers and friends. Thanks in advance!
If for some reason you've decided the above Recurring Donation program isn't for you, please consider supporting WoodCentral in some other way. Every contribution, no matter how small, is gratefully accepted.
Here are some of the ways you can help...
Just log in to your PayPal account, type "[email protected]" 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. 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.)
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.
P.O. Box 493
Springtown, PA 18081
All donors will receive two WoodCentral patches that you can sew or stick on anything that needs a sporty logo. 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 through our second decade.
One of the best ways to support us is to give your business to the good folks who advertise here. Every WoodCentral advertiser sells something that you probably need, so don't be shy. Visit their sites and tell them WoodCentral sent you. 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.
Our snazzy hats, T-shirts, and other gear are now proudly worn from coast to coast by the most discerning, fashion-conscious woodworkers. In our Wallpaper page, you can catch glimpses of WoodCentral hats in some pretty bizarre and unexpected places, like Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal, the great pyramids, the Grand Canyon, Big Ben and Machu Picchu.
From our Classifieds messageboard, you can "auction" anything you think our visitors might like, and donate the proceeds or a portion thereof to WoodCentral. It's a great way to make the best of unused tools, wood, books, videos, supplies or finished products.
Higher traffic to WoodCentral results in increased advertising revenue and a more diverse and vibrant community.
Our partner site, Woodfinder®, is the easiest way to find sources for wood, wood products and sawmill services. Woodfinder's 450+ 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.
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!
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!