Passionate about cabinetry and Festool

10th November, 2014

Author: Festool Marketing Team

Jason Hegner competes in the Australian WorldSkills Cabinetmaking Competition

Passionate about his profession, Festool user Jason Hegner works hard to deliver top quality cabinetry during the week, and took this passion a step further by getting involved in the Australian WorldSkills Cabinetmaking Competition.

WorldSkills Australia (WSA) holds competitions regionally, nationally and internationally, with the aim to develop and nurture the skills of young Australians, inspire young people, celebrate excellence and provide a platform for showcasing their skills. Find out more about WSA here.

On August 3rd in 2013, Jason first attended the WorldSkills Australia Regional Cabinetmaking Competition at South Western Sydney Institute Lidcombe TAFE. Jason tell of this experience;
“This was on a Saturday and we were given 8 hours to complete a spice rack with a dovetail draw. I did not find out the results until the next week after the comp, when I was awarded the gold medal with the top mark in the state and told that I would be going to Perth to compete in the national competition”.

As can be expected, Jason was proud of this awesome achievement, and also very excited about his impeding trip to Perth!

In preparation for the National competition, during the year leading up to it, Jason attended a NSW training camp in Newcastle. “I also trained weekly with my TAFE teacher and previous WorldSkills cabinetmaking competitors from my TAFE to help hone my skills” tells Jason.

Although Jason did not win the National’s competition, he had a fantastic time at the National WSA Competition, meeting and competing against other like-minded young Australian Cabinet Makers, passionate about their skills, quality craftsmanship and trades. Here is a photo of the Carpentry trades competing.

The final results in Jason’s Cabinetmaking category were very close – with all competitors being within 10 marks of one another, indicating the high caliber of skills and talent!

During his competitions and training, Jason tells that he chose to use Festool because of “the quality of the tools and how well they can be used for a variety of different cabinetmaking processes they also make these processes quicker and easier”.

Jason also explains that “the Festool range of power tools are a lot cleaner, easier to setup and use compared to other brands I have used previously for the processes I carry out on a daily basis”, saving Jason lots of time in set up and clean up.

Jason spends a majority of his working week building and installing custom cabinetry – from wardrobes to kitchens and also building solid timber furniture. While Jason loves the accuracy and micro-adjustments of the Festool range, the power, comfort, ease of set up and use, to put it simply, Jason says “Festool power tools are just nice to use and help me achieve a high quality of work every time”.

Jason’s current Festool kit consists of:

– ETS 150 Sander
– Domino DF 500
– Plunge Saw TS 55 R with FS 1400mm Guide Rail + 800mm Guide Rail
– OF 1400 Router

Festool would like to congratulate Jason on his awesome achievements! We hope Festool power tools can continue to help Jason deliver quality results in the future.


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