Welcome to WoodCentral

elcome to WoodCentral! Since 1998, woodworkers of all stripes have met here in our forums and chats to share a wealth of good information, offbeat humor and a unique camaraderie. In that time, we've accumulated thousands of woodworking articles, reviews, "shop shots" and other features, as well as a million or more archived messages on just about every woodworking subject. Browse at your leisure, stay as long as you like, and don't hesitate to send us your suggestions and feedback. WoodCentral is, and always has been, by and for YOU!

. . . Ellis Walentine, Host


OUR SPECIALTY
THE WOODCENTRAL MESSAGEBOARDS
    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!
  • TURNING . . . Air your turning questions and wisdom here. Post your triumphs and failures for constructive feedback.
  • HAND TOOLS . . . Discuss hand tools, techniques and related subjects with other hand tool enthusiasts.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY . . . Talk and learn about photo equipment and techniques and about photographing your work.
  • DAILY TRIVIA . . . Try your luck with our daily puzzler.
  • EVENTS . . . Announce your organization's upcoming shows, workshops and seminars here!
  • LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? . . . Swap sources for PLANS, TOOLS, SUPPLIES and other woodworking gear.
  • CLASSIFIEDS . . . Buy, sell and trade woodworking tools and materials here. No commercial posts, please.
  • BENEFIT AUCTIONS . . . Offer and bid on work, books, anything you want to sell to raise money for WoodCentral.

WOODWORKING CONTESTS
    Browse our current and past craftsmanship award competitions. You could win one of our valuable prizes, but you must enter to win. All contests are judged by experienced craftsmen and experts.

LATEST CONTEST

Completed October 15, 2012

CLICK HERE TO
VIEW THE WINNERS


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CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS CONTESTS!
TURNING:
Turning & Burning
September, 2010

"AMERICA'S TOP SHOPS"
November, 2008
TURNING:
Elegant Forms
November, 2009
TOOLMAKING
March, 2008
TURNING:
Peppermills
February, 2007
TURNING:
Segmented Turnings
November, 2006
TURNING:
Decorated Vessels
August, 2006
TURNING:
Two Board Feet
May, 2006
COFFEE TABLES
February, 2006
WALL CABINETS
July, 2005
JEWELRY BOXES
January, 2005
GUITAR STANDS
September, 2004

SHOP SHOTS   OVER 940 SHOTS NOW UPLOADED!
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!
RUSS'S CORNER!
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!
SPLENDID SPLINTERS!
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.
TALES FROM GRANDPA AUGUSTUS
Gather around and enjoy Forrest Addy's fantastic accounts of logging in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the century!
NEWS & VIEWS
Read excerpts from surveys conducted on the WoodCentral messageboards, as they've appeared in our bimonthly columns in Woodworker West magazine.
BOOK REVIEWS
Read short, to-the-point reviews of classic and not-so-classic books on wood and woodworking by resident bibliophile, Barb Siddiqui and others.
VIDEO REVIEWS
WoodCentral's video review department brings you succinct reviews of woodworking videos and DVDs. Feel free to suggest other videos for review. CLICK HERE if you would like to become a WoodCentral reviewer.
LINKS
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.
WOODCENTRAL STORE
 Official source for WoodCentral hats, t-shirts, fleece jackets, sweatshirts and other stuff. Your purchases support our efforts. Most items shipped the same day.
WALL OF FAME
 WoodCentral is a visitor-supported site. Everyone who contributes to the cause is enshrined on this long (and getting longer!) list of donors.
MUG SHOTS
 Who said woodworkers aren't good looking folks? For living proof of the opposite, check out this gallery of names and faces. These are some of the regular visitors to our messageboards. A lot of them are sporting some snazzy headwear, too! :-)
WALLPAPER COLLECTION
 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!
SHOP TOURS
 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'S SOURCES
 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.
SUPPORT WOODCENTRAL
 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.

IN MEMORIAM
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.
. . . Ellis Walentine, Host


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