Wooden Nickel Order
How to Order
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The Old Time Wooden Nickel Company is proud to support the American worker. Our products are 100% Made in the USA, right down to the wood we use. Our wooden nickels are make from domestically grown Rock Maple. The trees used to produce our wooden nickel blanks are grown on several different family owned tree farms located across the Northeastern United States. Once harvested, the trees are transported to a mill located in Maine, for processing.
At the mill, the trees are cut first into large planks, then into both 2''x2" and 2.5"x2.5" square strips measuring approximately 24" long. These strips are then put onto a lathe and turned into 1.5" and 2" diameter dowels. Finally, the dowels are taken to the saw where each dowel in sliced into approximately 180, eighth inch thick, wooden nickel blanks. The saw blades leave the surface of the wood feeling pretty rough so the blanks are put into a large tumbler and tumbled for about 24 hours until smooth.
Because Wooden Nickels are a natural and untreated product, there are slight variations in shade, texture, grain and porosity from one piece to the next; making each Wooden Nickel one of a kind.
We will not fill an order that we know will not print well. Our Art Department will contact you if your design will not work or you are welcome to contact us with any questions. A different printing method or design changes may be required.
We use two different methods of printing for single color orders and multi-color orders, therefore the art requirements for each are different. Designs that are too intricate or do not meet single color specifications can usually be printed using the multi-color method. If your nickels are printed using the multi-color method, you will be charged for multi-color nickels even if they are single color.
Whether you’re ordering single color or multi-color nickels, always send art at least double the size so that there is enough detail when reduced to the imprint area. Never send your design/art with a wood background. This requires extra time be spent on your design and may add additional time or cost to your order.
Usually, all we need is the text information, the artwork (if applicable) and a general idea of how you want the information laid out and we will do all of the typesetting. We do not charge extra for typesetting. You can also design your nickel yourself using our online wooden nickel designer. This feature allows YOU to typeset the wording, choose a stock image and view your nickel before placing an order. It does not allow you to insert your custom logo, our art department will have to do this. To see a proof with your custom logo you must first finalize an order. The Art Department will not begin any work on a design until an order has been finalized.
If you are using a copyrighted image or logo you must supply the image, we cannot find it for you. By sending the art we assume you have the right to use it and we are not responsible for obtaining permission to print the image. You assume all responsibility associated with using a copyrighted image.
Single color nickels
Nickel designs are created on a computer and all single color work is done in black and white. The ink color is selected during the actual printing process. This is why we refer to single color art as “black and white”. We do not print white on the wooden nickels. Any part of your design that appears in white will actually not print and therefore be the natural wood color.
Single color printing is done on an 1885 Chandler and Price letter press that has been modified to print several thousand pieces every hour. This high speed single color method of printing does not print large solid areas well. It will show the grain of the wood as well as any surface scratches and the wood pores. The amount of ink needed to completely cover large solid areas makes the ink act like paste. This causes smearing and ink transfer as well as jams that can damage the press and/or create excess amounts of waste. The image must be converted to an outline, like a coloring book picture. See picture below.
The single color method of printing also does not print white lettering on a black background. Logos/art that contains this type of lettering must be converted to black lettering on an outlined field. See picture below.
If you submit a design that does not meet the single color requirements and can’t be changed so that it does, we may recommend multi-color printing. In addition to printing multiple color images, the multi-color printing method does not have the same restrictions as the single color printing method. The multi-color machines can print more detailed images, large solid areas and other design elements that cannot be printed on the single color machines. If you choose to proceed with an order under these circumstances, you will be charged for multi-color nickels, even if they are one single color.
Single color art must be sent as monochrome, black and white line art with no shades of gray. If you do not have the capabilities of converting your art/image to monochrome, we can do so, usually at no charge. However, if your art is complicated and cannot be easily converted you will incur an extra art charge. See picture below for monochrome art.
The ink we use for single color printing is rubber based ink and is non toxic. Stock single colors are; Black, Blue, Green, Red, Brown, Purple, Orange, Turquoise and Burgundy. Specific PMS colors are available at an additional charge. PMS colors will vary slightly since we are printing on wood.
The multi-color printing method is capable of printing all colors except white. All design elements that should be white will actually not print and therefore be the natural wood color. We do not recommend printing in light colors such as yellow, beige, grey, etc…, as these colors do not show up well when printed on a light brown wood surface. If your logo/art contains light colors and cannot be changed, these colors should be outlined or bordered by a darker color to make them stand out against the wood. Lettering, unless very large and very bold, should not be outlined. Small thin lines will run together.
Send your art/logo in the colors you want them printed in. Spot colors will work better than photographs but photos do work fine. Colors will vary slightly since wooden nickels are not pure white. Colors may appear dark or dull, in which case our art department may make adjustments to your multi-color photo or graphic to make up for this difference. If you are concerned about how possible changes will look, please request a proof be sent from our art department prior to production.
Multi-color ink is water based and non-toxic.
Laser Engraved Items
Laser engraved/cut images do not contain color. The design is etched into the wood and appears almost like a brand. However, art can be sent in full color, gray scale or monochrome line art and we will convert the image to the format we need. While laser engraved images do not contain color, the laser does recognize half tones and shades. Full color and grayscale images will have depth and contrast whereas monochrome images will be a single, flat consistency.
If you want wording added to a logo or art, you can send the text information, the artwork and a general idea of how you want the design laid out and we will do all of the typesetting. We do not charge extra for typesetting. Like printed wooden nickels, round laser engraved items can be created using the online wooden nickel designer.
Printed Wood and Leather Items
Leather items and YOYO’s are printed using the multi-color printing method which is capable of printing all colors except white. All design elements that should be white will actually not print and therefore be the natural wood or leather color. We do not recommend printing in light colors such as yellow, beige, grey, etc…, as these colors do not show up well when printed on a light to medium brown surface. If your logo/art contains light colors and cannot be changed, these colors should be outlined or bordered by a darker color to make them stand out against the wood or leather. Lettering, unless very large and very bold, should not be outlined. Small thin lines will run together.
Send your art/logo in the colors you want them printed in. Spot colors will work better than photographs but photos do work fine. Colors will vary slightly since wooden nickels are not pure white. Colors may appear dark or dull, in which case our art department may make adjustments to your multi color photo or graphic to make up for this difference. If you are concerned about how possible changes will look, please request a proof be sent prior to production. Like printed wooden nickels, leather coaster designs can be created using the online wooden nickel designer.
Multi color ink is water based and non-toxic
We use CorelDraw14 for editing artwork and creating designs and layouts. You may send us CorelDraw CDR files from any version of CorelDraw up to version 14. Always convert all text to curves before sending. We may not have all the same fonts that you are using.
If you are using Adobe Illustrator, save your file in version 9 or earlier as an AI or EPS and convert all text to outlines. Macintosh users need to save in PC format.
Other graphics programs (from scanners or digital cameras, etc.) usually can export to TIF, JPG or BMP files. These files should be saved as 600 DPI at double size so that there is enough detail when we reduce it down to the imprint size. If sending multiple files DO NOT send a ZIP file. Send each file individually.
These days’ wooden nickels aren’t just used as novelty items. In addition to clever business cards and funny keepsakes, wooden nickels are used as currency, coupons, vouchers and as promotional items in giveaways and contests. For these customers we understand that security is a big concern and we offer extra services that make it easy to identify counterfeit wooden nickels and harder for another company to recreate something we have produced. These services include consecutive numbering, special numbering, random alpha-numeric numbering, security ink and certain design elements that make your nickels unique. We also offer multi-color printing and 2 inch Jumbo wooden nickels, both of which are currently only available through the Old Time Wooden Nickel Company.
Internally, we have procedures and checks in place to help us verify that all repeat orders are legitimate. These procedures enable us to identify a bogus order before it ever leaves order entry.
If you have questions or would like more information,
contact our office at 800-750-9915.
All orders are shipped UPS Ground from San Antonio, Texas, unless otherwise requested. UPS Ground transit time in the continental US is 1 – 5 business days depending on the shipping destination. Expedited shipping is available upon request at an additional charge. Orders being shipped to Alaska or Hawaii can be shipped by United States Postal Service or UPS. International orders can be shipped via UPS or USPS and may incur customs fees or taxes. These extra fees are not included in the shipping price and payment is the responsibility of the recipient. We have no way of determining if these fees will be charged or estimating what they may be. We will not issue a refund for an order that is not delivered or delivered late due to unpaid taxes or customs fees. Please contact our office @ 800-750-9915 for expedited, international and USPS shipping rates or shipping to Alaska and Hawaii. Transit time for orders shipped USPS is not guaranteed. Insurance is required on all orders shipped by USPS. Fed-Ex shipping is available on the customer’s account. All orders shipped via Fed-Ex Ground will incur a $10.00 pick-up fee for each box in the shipment. Orders shipped Fed-Ex Express or on the customer’s UPS account will incur a $5.00 handling fee for each box.
Upon receipt, look over your order carefully. If for whatever reason you are unhappy or have any issue with your items contact our office immediately, before any items are used, so we can address the situation. In the event that there is a mistake as a result of our negligence, we will redo your order or issue a full refund. In either case the entire order must be returned before the situation can be resolved.
DO NOT USE OR DISTRIBUTE ANY ITEMS EVEN IF SOME ARE OK. We will not accept a partial return order. Depending on the situation and if both parties agree, the customer may keep the incorrect items and a credit will be issued to their account to be applied to future orders. This is determined on a case by case basis.
Disputes must be brought to our attention within 30 DAYS of receiving the order. After 30 DAYS we must assume you are satisfied with your items and will not be able to redo or refund any part of the order.
Production time is figured from the day the order is finalized. An order is considered finalized once we have received billing & shipping information, all design and order specifics and payment. If a proof is required, the proof must be approved prior to production and is included in the production time. However, if it takes longer than 3 days to approve a proof, extra time will be added to production. Rush orders that require a proof must be approved by the date and time indicated in the proof email.
Normal production time is 15 business days (3 weeks) plus additional time for shipping. Production time does not include transit time. Rush production is available upon request for an additional charge. Rush production does not include transit time. All orders are shipped as soon as they’re ready but without rush service, normal production orders ARE NOT guaranteed to ship before the 15th business day. Weekends, holidays and scheduled closed weekdays are not included in normal or rush production time. Some rush services may not be available on large orders, for specialty products or if we have reached our maximum number of rush orders at the time your order is finalized. Production may be extended on large orders, orders that require extra services and laser engraved or specialty items.
Custom printed Wooden Nickels
Standard size(1.5" diameter) wooden nickel custom printed in signle or multi color.
JUMBO size (2" diameter) wooden nickel c ustom printed in single or multi color
Generic Wooden Nickels
Generic wooden nickels sold by the pound (Appx. 160 in a pound of 1.5” and 80 in a pound of 2” generics) These Wooden Nickels are usually available for shipping in 1 or 2 days but could take longer as quantities are subject to available pre-printed stock. Since these are all pre-printed, there is no customizing possible. Shipping is charged on total weight.
BLANKSblank on both sides.
Item GNB- Blank 1.5" wooden nickel
Item GJB- Blank 2" JUMBO wooden nickel
Blank on both sides. May have small dark knots/spots, or streaks an/or slightly over/under sized, too thick or too thin.
Item REJN- Reject Blank 1.5" wooden nickel
Item REJJ- Reject Blank 2" JUMBO wooden nickel
INDIAN/BUFFALO1.5" only, assorted colors
ITEM G1- Indian side 1, buffalo side 2
ITEM G2- Indian side 1, blank side 2
ITEM G3- Buffalo side 1, blank side 2
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS1.5" only, Red imprint.
ITEM GSOT- SOT/Flag side1, Eagle side2
ITEM GSOT-B- SOT/Flag side 1, Blank side 2
TUITS1.5" only, TUIT side assorted colors, Text side Black
ITEM G4- TUIT side 1, Text side 2
ITEM G5- TUIT side 1, Blank side 2
LASER ENGRAVED WOODEN NICKELS, WOOD & LEATHER ITEMSContact Customer Service for pricing and details or if you’re interested in an item not listed, 800-750-9915.
The Wooden Nickel Designer will automatically center everything
Text on the Top Curve probably will look better in all Caps.
If there is space left over try adding spaces between each letter
W O O D E N N I C K E L
You also can add a few Stars
*** WOODEN NICKEL ***
(The asterisks will convert to your choice of symbols)
The lower curve can have a thinner font if there isn't enough room for all your text.
Be careful, because the program will automatically "drop" excess text.
You may select from hundreds of FREE logos for the center
There are several categories to choose from, so look at all of them.
(we do not provide any registered, trademarked,
or copyrighted logos, from any organization or business)
Leave the center blank if you will be providing your own logo.
By sending your own logo, you are claiming that you have the rights for its use.
Instead of a graphic, You may select up to 5 additional lines of straight text.
If there is too much text in the center, it may be too small to read,
when it is reduced to Wooden Nickel size
Sometimes your final design will look better with a circle around the center.
You may go back and try over and over
until you are happy with the results
You have a choice of 11 standard print colors.
Different computer monitors may show slightly different shades, so when
you are ordering Wooden Nickels, the printed color may not match exactly.
There is a button to save your design on your own computer.
This design is for your own use.
You may fill out the form to send a "High Resolution"
graphic for us to print for you on real Wooden Nickels.
|Standard Nickels Multicolor|
|Standard Nickels Shipping|
|Jumbo Nickels Multicolor|
|Jumbo Nickels Shipping|
|2nd Side Custom Setup||$17.95||NO charge if both sides are exactly the same|
|Logo||$17.95 per logo||No charge for camera ready art|
|Each side a different color||$5.00 per 100||Add 2 days per 5000. Choose a different single color for each side. Single color orders only. No mid run color changes. No charge for numbered orders.|
|PMS match||$38.00||PMS colors will appear slightly different since we are printing on wood. SINGLE COLOR ORDER ONLY.|
|Numbering||$7.00 per 100||Add 2 business days per 5000 pieces.|
|Drilling||$7.50 per 100||Add 1 business day per 1000 pieces (nickels are normally printed with a random strike on one side, aligning recommended)|
|Aligning||$10 per 100||Add 2 business days per 5000 pieces (recommended with drilling)|
|Ball Key chains||$2.85 per 100||Assembly required|
|Ring Key chains||$4.25 per 100||Assembly required|
All orders are prepaid, TERMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE.
It is our policy to collect payment on all orders at the time the order is placed. This saves us the cost of having an accounts receivable department and keeps our prices as low as possible. Work will not begin on an order until payment has been received in full. This includes scheduling a ship date, sending a proof, working on art or printing.
Payment can be made through our website, by phone with a credit card or by mailing in a check or money order. If paying by PayPal, you MUST wait for us to email you an invoice. This may take up to 24 hours. DO NOT make an online payment without your invoice. Doing so may delay your order. Online payments are matched with their orders using the invoice number. If you pay for your order without entering the correct invoice number, we are unable to identify which payments go with which orders.
Always confirm pricing and review your invoice before paying for your order. Charges cannot be disputed and will not be reversed once an order has been printed and/or shipped.