Laguna Nation

My eye was initially caught walking past the Laguna stand by a familiar colour, but an interesting looking jig

Laguna-1Grr-ripper colours (and with Grr-rippers attached), but is actually a taper ripping jig, heavily engineered.

Has stops for repeatable setup, positive setting positions, and locations for connecting one, and two Grr-rippers.

From there, I had a closer look around the stand (having just signed up for “citizenship” of LagunaNation – with the passport coming in the post shortly – interesting marketing campaign).


Not the best photo, but they had just finished resawing some Huon pine into a 2mm veneer.  Their triple variable skip carbide toothed bandsaw blades are quite impressive! They also have Forrest blades (at least the dado, not sure about the Woodworker2) – for a long time Forrest was not interested in the Australian market – glad someone was able to change their minds.


At first glance, the drum sander (Swiss-tec) is similar to the Carbatec one, but then the stand is enclosed, there is an extra control box which varies the drum speed, and not the the feed belt speed, and the drums a (relatively) easy to exchange, so you can go from the traditional wrapped sandpaper drum to a flap sander (with brushes backing up the flaps so they last longer), or a silicon-carbide brush drum.

Laguna-3 Laguna-5


Their CNC machine (Laguna) looks a good build, with water-cooled motor, and a decent bed size. Having some experience now of a CNC lathe, these are a lot more interesting now than just watching robot woodworking!

Laguna-4 Other than a closeup of that bandsaw blade I was mentioning, these are the guides on one of the bandsaws (one side removed).  Twin ceramic rectangular plates push in the side of the blade, and a circular ceramic disk behind as the thrust surface.

Very nice guide system, and the ceramic would run cool.  It would also be a lot quieter.

3 Responses

  1. It’s the tapering jig from MicroJig, they launched it early this year.

  2. Keep these posts coming please Stu… enjoying.

  3. I recently purchased the 14 ” SUV Laguna bandsaw, it is an unreal machine, 3 HP and it is unsttoppable. I was cutting accurate 4mm veneers with a 1/4 ” blade !

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