MADISON, Wis. – More than 50 individuals from industry and education gathered at a recent lunch and learn sponsored by Stiles Machinery and held at Madison College. Participants spent the day learning about sanding and finishing applications, as well as networking with current students.

Stiles product specialist Peter Van Dyke kicked off the day with a presentation on widebelt sanding. Following his keynote presentation, participants were divided into three groups where they viewed demonstrations. On hand was Dan Bygd from 3M, and Deb Sampson from Mohawk. Bygd provided insight on abrasives and demonstrated proper use and care of D/A sanders. Sampson conducted seminars on touch-up and repair techniques. Rounding out the small group presentations, Van Dyke demonstrated veneer and seal sanding using the college’s new Homag widebelt sander.

Participants also had the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in finishing. Andi Cucco and Bob Niemeyer gave an overview of the facilities for ICA Coatings in Italy. Both were on hand during the entire event to answer questions. Many of the participants went home with door prizes provided by each vendor, including one winner of a D/A sander provided by 3M.

Madison College has been delivering seminars like this since 2008, when Stiles product specialist Peter Van Dyke first offered to present to students. Since then, the college has hosted more than 20 seminars on a wide range of topics. Over the years, the seminars have grown in size and stature. For the ’19-20 school year, the Cabinetmaking program is planning at least two seminars. In September, they will host the Festool Roadshow, and in the spring, the focus will be on edgebanding.

The Cabinetmaking program at Madison College is a Woodwork Career Alliance (WCA) EDUcation member and hosts several seminars annually which are open to industry members. To receive notification of future events, contact Patrick Molzahn at 608.246.6842 or pmolzahn@madisoncollege.edu

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