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March 21, 2016 3:50 PM

Woodworking student wins first place in cabinetmaking contest

Woodworking Technology student Caleb Perry won first place in the 2016 AWMAC provincial cabinetmaking contest held March 19 at Conestoga’s Woodworking Centre. Perry will move on to represent the Ontario AWMAC chapter when his work is judged against other provincial winners at a national contest in Manitoba on April 29.

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Woodworking Technician student Caleb Perry won first place at the AWMAC Ontario cabinetmaking contest held at Conestoga on March 19. Perry’s work will be judged against other provincial winners at the national contest on April 29.

Participants were required to build a small cabinet with a door, laminate countertop and functioning drawer using drawings and specifications that had been provided in advance. On competition day they were given materials and a total of nine hours to complete the project. “They’ll be able to finish the work within the time frame, although there isn’t much room for error,” said faculty member Steve Bader. “The work needs to be done right the first time.”

Each competitor built the same cabinet so the competition was a test of skill and accuracy to see who could produce the best work, which was judged by four individuals drawn from the industry.

In addition to moving on the national contest, Perry also received a $500 award.

AWMAC - the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada - serves more than 400 members in eight chapters across Canada by providing programs and services that assist all members of the construction team including architectural woodwork manufacturers and installers, material and service suppliers, design professionals and educational facilities.

Conestoga's Woodworking Centre of Ontario is a 50,000 sq.ft. facility at Conestoga that ranks among the world’s top woodworking training centres. Students have access to custom woodworking and production training as well as the latest in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and drafting technology. For more information, visit the Centre's website.