A record number of guests attended the latest seminar offered by the Cabinetmaking & Millwork program at Madison College. “Interest in our seminars continues to grow” stated Program Director Patrick Molzahn. “This time we had 61 people, and there were several on our waiting list who did not get to attend”.

The seminar featured five speakers. Margaret Fisher (Lange Bros.) opened the day-long event with a presentation on how veneer is produced and issues which arise from improper specification and production. The group was then divided into two smaller groups. Margaret’s next session offered hands-on practice identifying and creating veneer matches. Each participant created their own sketch face with veneer provided by Saunders Wood Specialties.

Peter Van Dyke (Stiles Machinery) discussed best methods for processing and sanding veneer in the most efficient manner, including examples of state of the art machinery for working with veneer. Following Peter’s presentation, attendees were treated to lunch provided by the AWI-Wisconsin chapter. Madison College students had the opportunity to socialize with many of the employers present.

The afternoon was dedicated to adhesives and pressing. Josh Bartlett (Applied Adhesives) gave an overview of the different adhesive products available for veneering, and problems which can arise when they are not used correctly. Black Bros. shipped in a 24” roll coater for the seminar so we could conduct a demonstration of applying adhesive and pressing a panel. Todd Phalen and Ed Strahota demonstrated the roll coater and discussed different types of presses available for veneering and laminating.

The Cabinetmaking and Millwork program typically conducts three seminars for industry professionals during each school year. The final seminar for the spring is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th, and will be on Solid Wood Processing. Information and registration are available at: http://www.stilesmachinery.com/event/the-latest-woodworking-technology-l...


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