The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America is organizing several Accredited Skill Evaluator Training events over the next few months, including sessions during the AWFS Fair this summer in Las Vegas.
The course fee covers the half-day training session and materials plus a one-year membership as a WCA EDUcation™. EDUcation members also gain access to the WCA’s online archive of training videos and other valuable materials that they can use to develop or enhance their woodworking training programs.
ASE’s are a vital link of the WCA’s credentialing program. In most school woodworking programs, the ASE is also the instructor. An ASE is responsible for observing a person’s ability to perform a woodworking operation at a high enough caliber to earn tool points to fortify their woodworking credentials.
“The purpose of the training is for them to learn how to evaluate woodworkers using the WCA Skill Standards,” said Scott Nelson, president of the WCA. “They learn to test if a student’s or professional woodworker’s performance measures up to accepted industry standards in terms of set up, safety, part quality, etc.”
To date, more than 260 woodworking instructors and professionals have been certified as accredited skill evaluators by the WCA.
Upcoming ASE Training Sessions
April 26: The MiLL National Training Center, Colorado Springs, CO
WCA ASE training is offered as an optional upgrade on the third day of the three-day MiLL Academy event. For more information and to register visit https://themillco.org/academy.
July 17-20: AWFS Fair, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
The WCA will host seven ASE training sessions in its exhibit booth during the AWFS Fair. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled for July 17-19. A morning session will also be offered on July 20. Each session is limited to four seats. For more information and to register, contact Scott Nelson, WCA president, at email@example.com or call 402-610-6043.
To find out how to schedule a WCA ASE Training event at your school or business, contact Scott Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-610-6043.
Learn more about the WCA and its credentialing program at www.woodworkcareer.org.
About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued more than 2,000 credentials, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of woodworking skill achievements. More than 100 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation™ members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, including sponsorship opportunities, visit WoodworkCareer.org.
The results from our 2018 Benchmark Survey are available to purchase for $39.95.
The CMA, in conjunction with FDMA magazine and Woodworking Network, conducts an annual survey of the woodworking industry in the U.S. and Canada. Designed to establish benchmarks, the survey probes a wide range of subjects such as business outlook, staffing and compensation, shop rates, CNC automation, construction methods, and marketing. On the demographic side, the survey paints a portrait of where shops are located, number of employees, and what kind of work they do.
The full report from the 2018 survey, which includes all of the questions and answers, is available to purchase for $39.95. If you are interested in learning more about the state of the industry, please visit www.cabinetmakers.org/benchmark-survey. Also on that page is a link to the survey overview, which was published in the December 2018 issue of FDMC.
Federal Brace is excited to debut two new low profile floating shelf supports. These floating shelf supports, in a stud mount format allow for a thinner & aesthetically pleasing floating shelf.
Customers specifically asked & Federal Brace provided these low profile solutions. The new stud mounted floating shelf brackets come in 2 lengths for varying depths of floating shelves. Each bracket has a carrying capacity of 100 pounds! Be one of the first to see these stud mounted floating shelf supports in person at KBIS #SL3829 - Las Vegas Convention Center - February 19th through February 21st, 2019.
To find out more about Stud Mounted Floating Shelf Supports, visit www.FederalBrace.com or call toll-free (877) 353-8899 during business hours 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST to speak directly with an experienced member of the Federal Brace professional design team.
Richelieu makes life easier with the Libero electronic and automatic door opener. When used in combination with our most popular waste management systems like E-Cargo and Euro Cargo, Libero pushes out the waste bin and permitting a hands-free opening for quick and easy access.
The device is activated by simply waving your foot in front of the sensor located in the kick board, which then triggers the release and opening of the cabinet or drawer. An integrated LED light indicates the sensor’s position. Recycling and waste disposal have never been easier.
This low voltage device can be installed to the bottom of a base cabinet once a cut-out is made and then secured using only 4 screws. Ideal for frameless base cabinets and top-mounted waste bins and common bottom drawers. Extensions will vary based on content weight and cabinet width.
As a safety feature and to avoid any unintended openings, the device is equipped with a control that identifies obstacles thanks to a friction clutch system. Settings for the lighting sensor and ejection force can be adjusted using the available smart phone app.
For more information on this product, visit our website at Richelieu.com/libero.
Richelieu is a leading distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products for over 50 years. Offering a broad mix of more than 110,000 products sourced from suppliers around the world, Richelieu serves a customer base of more than 80,000 manufacturers and retailers through a network of 70 centers across North America and a high-performance e-commerce website. Richelieu remains at the forefront of design, style and innovation for 21st-century lifestyles.
Free and highly-discounted products more than cover the annual fee for high school and post-secondary woodworking programs to belong to the Woodwork Career Alliance.
There are many good reasons for high school and post-secondary woodworking programs to become EDUcation™ members of the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America.
Most importantly, being affiliated with the WCA’s industry-recognized credentialing program adds credibility to the school’s woodshop curriculum as aspiring to professional standards. In addition, instructors gain access to a treasure trove of training tools including the WCA Woodworking Skill Standards, how-to videos, past SkillsUSA project plans and other online resources. EDU-member instructors also can apply for financial support and scholarships to benefit their students and personal development.
In case those benefits are not compelling enough to justify the modest annual $250 investment for WCA EDUcation membership, then consider the value of the WCA Essentials™ Benefits Package. It more than outweighs the cost to join.
“The Essentials Benefits Package offers useful resources for any woodworking program,” said Patrick Molzahn, treasurer of the WCA and director of the cabinetmaking and millwork program at Madison Area Technical College of Madison, WI. “From consumables such as screws, glue, and veneer, to access to exclusive online information from Taunton Press and training from Stiles Machinery, the package easily offers more value than the cost of the annual membership.”
Tom Hillstead and Mark Smith are just two instructors of WCA EDUcation schools who appreciate receiving the free and discounted products to benefit their programs.
“Being on a tight budget, every little bit helps,” said Hillstead, cabinetmaking instructor at St. Paul College of St. Paul, MN. “We always receive products that we can use in our shop. The donation packages are a great benefit to our program and more than worth the annual WCA membership cost.”
“The support our program receives from industry suppliers through the WCA has been invaluable,” said Smith, industrial technology teacher at Reed-Cutler High School of Braidwood, IL. “We put to use everything that is supplied to enhance the curriculum we are delivering. Though the Reed-Custer school district has been very supportive, my program always needs items that are beyond what the budget can support. The support my program has received over the years from industry has made all the difference.”
The Essentials Benefit Package being offered to WCA EDUcation members for the 2018-19 school year includes:
For more information about becoming a WCA Essentials Benefit Package donor, contact Scott Nelson, WCA president, at 402-610-6043 or email@example.com.
About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 240 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued over 1,800 credentials, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of woodworking skill achievements. More than 100 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation™ members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, including sponsorship opportunities, visit WoodworkCareer.org.
ETSC 125 Cordless Hybrid Sander and CT Dust Extractor Technology are among Editors’ Best Tools of the Year
Festool has just won two This Old House (TOH) Top 20 Best Tools of the Year awards. Both the ETSC 125 Cordless Hybrid Sander and CT Dust Extractor Bluetooth® Module with Remote Control were chosen by TOH as among this year’s 20 honorees and will appear in the January/February issue of This Old House magazine. Curated by This Old Housemagazine’s editors after months of research, review, testing, and input from industry pros, The TOH Top 20 Best Tools of the Year list includes products that stand out for their innovative and practical solutions to everyday problems.
In naming the ETSC 125 Cordless Hybrid Sander to the TOH Top 20 Tools list, This Old House stated that, “Its 18-volt battery can power a 5-inch disk for 30 minutes on a single charge. For longer run times, just plug in the corded adapter. The pad spins at 10,000 rpm with tiny 2-millimeter orbits, perfect for smoothing finishes.”
The ETSC 125 Cordless Sander lets users transition from corded to cordless without compromising performance and is balanced with a unique ergonomic battery for optimum performance and handling.
For the CT Dust Extractor Bluetooth® Module with Remote Control, TOH editors said, “With this two-piece upgrade kit, a Festool CT-model dust extractor automatically turns on when you fire up a Bluetooth-compatible cordless (Festool) tool. But even if you’re using a noncompatible cordless tool, you can still operate the CT vac remotely with the new push-button module fitted on the hose.”
The combination of Bluetooth® module on the CT Dust Extractor and remote control on the extractor hose allows users to simply start the dust extraction from the hose, without having to walk back to the extractor itself. The Bluetooth® module on the CT Dust Extractor communicates with the Festool Bluetooth® battery packs on its cordless tools. Allowing for automatic tool starts even when working without power cords.
“We are extremely pleased about the recognition from This Old House”, says Aaron Brading, Chief Sales Officer at Festool USA. “At Festool, everything we design and manufacture is focused on providing craftspeople with a better, more efficient way to work.
About This Old House
This Old House Ventures, LLC is America’s No. 1 multi-platform home-enthusiast brand, providing trusted information and expert advice through its award-winning television shows, This Old House and Ask This Old House, its highly regarded and award-winning This Old House magazine, and its inspiration- and information-driven digital properties, including thisoldhouse.com and house.one. Established as This Old House Ventures, LLC, the company is headquartered in Stamford, CT, with offices in New York, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Toronto, and Concord, MA.
About Festool USA
Founded in Germany in 1925, Festool is known for its innovative, precision-engineered power tool solutions. Based in Lebanon, IN, Festool USA offers a comprehensive lineup of power tools and system accessories, designed to boost productivity through efficiency and high performance. For more information, visit www.festoolusa.com or www.festoolcanada.com.
Elias Woodwork is excited to announce the official launch of their new Access Now online ordering system. This unique online ordering portal will allow customers to log in anytime from anywhere and access customized quotes, place orders, view invoices and track shipments. Access Now offers customers a live portal into their Elias Woodwork account with insider access to products and services saving them a significant amount of time by cutting out the middle man. You no longer have to wait for a quote and can access pricing any time. This will expedite your ability to submit quotes to your customers at a moment’s notice and ahead of the competition.
Access now guides you through the process of choosing your product line and configuring your products. You are able to see your cost when you configure your items and will update live when making changes. If you have a large door order, you are able to import your door sizes from a CSV file or make multiple door entries quickly and effortlessly using Access Now features. If you have a favorite door style or product configuration that you know you will want to order again in the future, you can save your configuration to your favorites and add it to your quote in the future for even faster results. At any time you can access and download your quotes with your most recent ones showing up first in your portal. However, you can filter them by column or combinations of columns simply by adding a filter value like date, total, customer reference or PO number. When you are ready to place your order, you can submit your quote and manage your payments at any time without having to wait for business hours. After which, you can track your shipments and access your invoices whenever you need to. You can also filter your shipments or invoices similarly to your quotes, making it easier and faster to find what you are looking for.
Access Now allows you to manage your entire account online anytime, from anywhere! Combined with Elias Woodwork’s competitive pricing and vast product selection, this tool will provide industry professionals with a significant competitive advantage in their marketplace. Call a Customer Service Specialist to get your account set up and take advantage of instant quoting and ordering today!
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