Woodworking Basics: Bandsaws


Woodworking Basics: Bandsaws

Learn how to be more effective — and safe — when using the three main bandsaws in the studio.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 3/23/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 3/23/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


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.

This class is a component of BARN's Woodworking Basics Certificate program, which includes 14 classes and a mentored final project. Learn more »

You do not need to be a certificate student to take this class.


Class Policies

  • 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. 

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Jamie Straw

Jamie has been turning wood for many years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning program. She is a past vice president for education and training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.

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