Osborne Wood Products, Inc. is a strong support- er of education in trade industries, especially in its region. The company is always searching for in- novative ways to invest in its local technical schools and to support the development of their students through meaningful and practical projects. This investment in education can sometimes be real- ized in the most unsuspected ways. Osborne Wood Products at one time used a
massive CNC router table, but has since replaced it
with other more space-efficient machinery.
For months, the unused CNC router table sat
in Osborne’s warehouse. It was enormous, with a
10-foot table that made it bulky and inconvenient
for the shop’s current operations.
Osborne’s leadership decided to re-commission
the CNC router table. But all agreed the equipment was too functional to simply to scrap. If
not for its size, it would fit nicely into someone’s
garage or personal shop. The team reached out to
local schools and technical colleges.
At first, North Georgia Technical College
identified the CNC router table as too large for its
classrooms, and turned down the donation, along
with the other local schools. Most would have
loved to receive the gift if not for its sheer size.
After exhausting all of the local resources,
Osborne leadership was about ready to scrap the
machinery. But before throwing in the towel,
however, Osborne CEO Leon Osborne and North
Georgia Technical College engineering instructor
Elwin Northcutt brainstormed how to make the
contribution of the router possible.
In January, the AutoCAD, Engineering Graph-
ics and Design class from North Georgia Techni-
cal College visited the Osborne Wood Products
facility. During their time at Osborne, the class
observed and evaluated best practices with the
Osborne CAD and drafting team. In addition, the
class was introduced to the project of refabricating
and repurposing of the big router table donation.
Both Osborne and Northcutt were committed
to a solution, Osborne himself being an alumnus
of the local technical college and avid supporter
of its engineering program.
Gift of large CNC router spurs collaborative project to move and
reconfigure machine to North Georgia Technical College.
Osborne donates CNC router to school
Students involved in the CNC router project stand with
Leon Osborne, right, CEO of Osborne Wood Products
and himself a graduate of North Georgia Technical
Students work to dismantle a large CNC router donated
by Osborne Wood Products to North Georgia Technical