A bandsaw may seem like a simple machine, but to get the best results, one must understand the types of blades, the guides that support the blade, the size and power of the saw, and how the teeth cut wood. Some cuts — such as resawing, cutting curves, and beveling — require special techniques. All bandsaws need to be tuned regularly, and with the heavy use in our studio, often more than once a week.
Learn the mechanics of the saw and blades, and how to evaluate the saw’s readiness for your stock. Learn how to change the blade when you need a different one for your project, including how to set the guides that support the cut. Also, learn how to determine when stock requires special handling for safety, and how to use shims or other support for stabilization.
You'll also learn about cuts of various kinds, including resawing, easy circles, and relief cuts.
You're encouraged to ask questions relevant to your own project interests, and share any problems using bandsaws.
You do not need to be a certificate student to take this class.
Before the class begins, you must have completed:
Ages 14 and up are welcome.
You must wear safety glasses (we recommend you bring your own), closed-toe shoes, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. Tie back long hair.
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- BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
- For those who might need physical assistance, learn more about BARN's Companion Program.
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