Going in, I knew that I wanted to invest in some specialized equipment that would allow me to work with reclaimed materials more efficiently than I have been able to in the past. The problem with reclaimed materials is, well, that it’s reclaimed. Most of the stuff I find is embedded with foreign objects (usually metal fasteners) and it’s rarely straight. About 20% of the time I can use a piece as-is with no rework. This is great for preserving the original patina. The other 80% of the time, I have to square up and dimension the material, which can be really hard on equipment. Chipped blades are the worst (and most expensive).
Enter Laguna Tools in Irvine, California. I have been in discussions with them for some time about upgrading my CNC equipment for the new studio. After a few weeks talking to Steve Alvarez, we went from a new CNC machine, to signing a deal for a whole studio full of Laguna equipment. For a purchase this size, I decided to fly out and sit down with them in person.
|Equipment staged for me at Laguna|
|Laguna ShearTec cutting head|