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Woodworking students get leg up in chair business

The Reniassance Academy has bought a new machine that allows teacher Kyle Stapleton to bring his class into the modern era of woodworking. The new CNC machine works through a computer. Stapleton and his students can program the machine to cut out wooden parts for the Adirondack chairs the woodworking class sells. Proceeds go to help support the school.

The CNC machine was bought with funds from the Adirondack chair sales, as well as donation and grant money, according to Renaissance Academy Coordinator Linda Berg.

Stapleton said the machine will greatly increase the woodworking class’s efficiency. It takes the machine about 15 minutes to cut out the pieces for a chair. It takes about 15 more minutes for two students to assemble those pieces.

Renaissance Academy Coordinator Linda Berg said the CNC machine will change the way woodworking classes are offered at the academy. Students will make chairs with the CNC machine, but will also continue making chairs with the school’s other woodworking equipment. 

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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