Surfboards and their close cousins, paddle, skate and snowboards, are often works of art as well as platforms for a thrilling ride over water, pavement or snow. It’s no wonder that many surfers, regardless of their favorite surface, enjoy displaying their boards as well as riding them. That’s where John Perone and the clear wall racks made by his company, onthewallracks.com, go to work. Manufactured on a Laguna Tools SmartShop I CNC router in San Juan Capistrano, CA, John’s clear acrylic wall racks save floor space and protect the boards they hold, as well as display them.
John, a surfer in his youth and a former sales and marketing executive, made his first wall rack as a present for his daughter Lauren about six years ago. “It was just an interesting project for me,” recalled John. “But people liked what I had done and started asking for them.” John answered the requests, first working out of his home shop. “I had a lot of people cutting plastic for me,” he said. “But the clutter turned my house into a factory. So I turned to CNC machining and outsourced a supplier.”
“That worked for a while,” continued John. “But I wanted the control that my own shop would give me. So I moved into a 1,000-square-foot facility and started looking for a CNC router. Laguna Tools was one of about a dozen different manufacturers I considered,” he said. “I asked every company where I could see one of their routers in operation. That cut my list of prospects down quickly. Some companies expected me to buy from them sight unseen.”
“Then I realized I lived a short drive from where Laguna Tools is located. I must have visited them a half a dozen times before I made my decision. I got to know Steve Alvarez pretty well during that time. He was both patient and very helpful. He even ran several samples of my products for me at the Laguna Tools’ factory. That demonstration, along with the availability of training, is what finally convinced me to commit to the SmartShop I CNC router.”
“The impact of the SmartShop I was immediate,” said Perone.
“My productivity went up and so did my quality. My Laguna Tools router has helped me sell thousands of racks to customers in fourteen different countries. I plan to buy a bandsaw in the near future, and will definitely look to Laguna Tools when the time comes.”
When asked about future plans, Perone replied, “I’m looking into several new markets, including guitars, fishing tackle, and golf clubs. I’m counting on Laguna Tools to help me get the job done there, too.”
On The Wall Racks
- SmartShop 1 48″ x 96″ 4HP CNC Router
- 3 HP Mobile Cyclone Dust Collector
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