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Laguna Tools starts CNC contest for schools

Laguna Tools, a seller of professional woodworking equipment, recently announced its inaugural $1,000 CNC School Competition, which is designed to highlight creativity in today’s woodworking educational programs. The program, which has a Dec. 15 entry deadline, gives educators at trade schools, high schools and colleges a chance to share their creativity for $1,000 in cash to use for their program.

Laugna's SmartShop CNC router, shown in July at the AWFS fair.

Laguna vice president Catherine Helshoj says the company is reaching out to woodworking department heads across the country to raise awareness of the competition. Participants will be asked what they would do with the extra money if they won and what woodworking project they would tackle if they had a new Laguna Tools CNC machine. For those institutions that already have a Laguna CNC machine, they are asked to outline their favorite project completed to date.

“Because CNCs are the woodworking industry’s future, it’s a natural evolution of woodworking education. It’s a natural change of traditional woodworking to computerized woodworking,” says Helshoj.

“This contest is important to us because with a 30-year history that started on stationary machinery, we’ve seen the demand for CNCs increase at a phenomenal rate, so obviously to maintain our business we had to bring on a new product line. With the schools we’ve seen an amazing demand for CNC machines, so it’s a great way of us supporting them.”

The winning program can decide how it spends the cash prize, but Helshoj says CNC purchases are encouraged. She says an increasing number of woodworking programs are preparing students by using Laguna Tools CNC machines because they want to teach them the importance of using shop space more efficiently, boosting production, reducing waste, lowering overhead costs and enhancing profits.

The company offers an extensive lineup of CNC machines for nested-based manufacturing purposes.

Entry forms are available at

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue.

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