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Our forums are the heart of WoodCentral, where visitors come for timely and informative answers to every imaginable woodworking question. The depth of knowledge and experience you will find here is world class. We now feature nine different messageboards, and an extensive message archive. Here are descriptions of our active boards:

MESSAGES - Get timely answers to your general woodworking questions here!
Most Recent Post Friday, 24 June 2022, at 9:27 p.m.

HAND TOOLS - Discuss hand tools, techniques and related subjects with other hand tool enthusiasts.
Most Recent Post Friday, 24 June 2022, at 8:34 p.m.

TURNING - Air your turning questions and wisdom here. Post your triumphs and failures for constructive feedback.
Most Recent Post Friday, 24 June 2022, at 8:26 a.m.

CLASSIFIEDS - Buy, sell and trade woodworking tools and materials here. No commercial posts, please.
Most Recent Post Monday, 6 June 2022, at 10:48 a.m.

FEEDBACK - FAQs about using the messageboards and feedback about this site.
Most Recent Post Saturday, 25 June 2022, at 12:41 a.m.


Browse through the inspiring woodworking contests we have run here on WoodCentral over the years, judged by well-known craftsmen and experts. A feast for the eyes!


Here’s your chance to create a personal online gallery of your finished work or other woodworking interests. You can invite discussion and share your ideas with the online community. This is primarily a woodworking gallery but you may post images of your other artistic endeavors, too.


Here's where you can share glimpses of your shop, woodworking tips, methods of work, mug shots, or anything else that might interest other woodworkers. Send us YOUR photos and descriptions today!


Here is a collection of articles by a dearly departed woodturner, author and WoodCentral regular Russ Fairfield on topics of interest to turners — design, finishing, technique, you name it!


Check out our great collection of essays from the great northeastern forest of New Hampshire and Vermont, ably compiled by woodsman and lifelong lumber purveyor, David Mather. Enjoy these wonderful insights into the trees and the biosphere they live in.


Gather around and enjoy Forrest Addy's fantastic accounts of logging in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the century!


Read excerpts from early surveys conducted on the WoodCentral messageboards, as they appeared in our columns in Woodworker West magazine. News & Views is still published bimonthly.


Read short, to-the-point reviews of classic and not-so-classic books on wood and woodworking by former resident bibliophile, Barb Siddiqui and others.


WoodCentral is pleased to bring you a huge selection of woodworking links -- over 1,400 links in 24 categories so far! Submit your own favorites or report broken links to links@woodcentral.com.


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Who said woodworkers aren't good looking folks? For living proof of the opposite, check out this gallery of names and faces of visitors from our early days online.


Our "Sightings" (photos of the well-traveled WoodCentral hat in far-flung and exotic places) on our forums entry page have become legendary. Here are some of the most photogenic Sightings, ready to download for use as wallpaper on your computer desktop. Check 'em out!


This site is maintained by Rod Peterson, former Badger Pond volunteer and Shop Tour producer. Rod is keeping the Shop Tour tradition alive, with tours of the shops of WoodCentral and former Badger Pond visitors. Lotta good ideas here!


Jim Cummins' handy source list isn't getting any younger, but there are still a lot of good -- and some downright unusual -- entries in here, for all kinds of stuff. Expect some of the info to be out of date, and please tell us when you find an outdated entry.


It takes a community to support a labor-intensive website like WoodCentral. Your contributions, purchases and volunteer efforts all help to keep the lights on and the new features coming. Won't you join with the hundreds of others who value this site enough to contribute to its success? Here are some of the ways you can help.


This site is dedicated to Jim Cummins, our co-founder, who passed away on May 9, 1999. WoodCentral owes a debt of gratitude to Jim's wisdom, compassion, woodworking knowledge and indefatigable sense of humor.

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