ATLANTA - WoodLINKS USA announced the student winners of the Ready To Assemble furniture competition staged at the International Woodworking Fair.
"Board of directors, staff, and friends of the program would like to thank everyone who supported the RTA contest financially, through donations, publicity, and participation," said Mark Smith, national education coordinator for WoodLINKS USA. "Their support of the WoodLINKS USA - IWF RTA Contest helped make it a great success."
More than $30,000 in cash and prizes was donated to the event, which is staged at each IWF. Judges this year were Catherine Helshoj of Laguna Tools; Duane Griffiths of Stiles Machinery; and Patrick Molzahn of Madison Area Technical College.
First prize was awarded to Rolla Technical Institute students Zach Ludden, Nikki Look, and Lucas Shelton for a table they alled Travolo di Stiles. Their teacher is Robert Studdard. Prizes awarded included a TigerStop SawGear (SG08) measuring system valued at $2,695; a Graco Merkur ES Spray Package with G15 gun valued at $2,290; a Stiles/Ironwood JT300 jointer valued at $5,790; four gallons of Valspar finish and a gallon of stain, valued at $131; a Custom Service Hardware $300 Gift Certificate; and a FastCap $600 toolbox and tools for each student.
Second place went to the student team from Dale Jackson Career Institute: Jonathan Hamilton, Josh Stone, and Conner Goodson, who were coached by teacher Joe Davis. Prizes were a Fein MultiMaster FMM 250 Q Start valued at $199; a Graco Remote Pressure Cup with Airpro Gun, valued at $900; Valspar finish (three gallons) and stain (one gallon) valued at $106; a Custom Service Hardware $150 Gift Certificate; and FastCap $600 toolbox and tools for each student.
Third place was won for Kazumi, a project by Quinter High School students Kamron Broeckelman, Jesse Roesch, and Colton Corwin, coached by teacher Brian Roesch. Prizes for the group were a Fein MultiMaster FMM 250 Q Start valued at $199; a Graco AirPro Gravity Gun with plastic cup valued at $500; two gallons of Valspar finish and a gallon of stain valued at $81; a Custom Service Hardware $100 gift certificate; and a FastCap $600 toolbox and tools for each student.
Fourth place went to the entry Universal Light Bulb, from the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center team: Dustin Meadors and Shonque'l Betts, coached by teacher Clint Johnson. Their prizes were a Graco Finex Gravity Gun with plastic cup valued at $150; one gallon of Valspar finish and stain, valued at $56; a Custom Service Hardware $75 gift certificate; and a FastCap $600 toolbox and tools for each student.