Woodworking Basics: Table Saw Techniques


Woodworking Basics: Table Saw Techniques

Get to know the table saw and learn how to use it — part of our Woodworking Basics Certificate program.

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 4/1/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  2. Tue, 4/2/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mon, 4/1/2024 - Tue, 4/2/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


We start this introductory class with the anatomy of the table saw and how to calibrate it to achieve precise cuts every time. Then we move on to skills like ripping wood, making miter cuts, and learning to make rabbets and dados.

By the end of this class, you'll have covered most of the cuts you'll ever make with a table saw. You'll have the skills and confidence to change blades, the know-how to ensure that your cuts are straight and square, and the understanding of how to cut pieces to size accurately and repetitively.

This class focuses on learning techniques, not building a class project.

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.


A materials fee of $25, included in the class fee, covers all the materials you need.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. Tie back long hair. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

John McCormack

John McCormack is a furniture designer, maker, and teacher living and working in Port Townsend. A graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, he holds a Master in Fine Arts in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design. He has written for various publications, including "Fine Woodworking," which featured his piece on "The Ultimate Crosscut Sled" on its cover. He got his start in woodworking by studying under John Kassay, author and expert on Shaker and Windsor furniture. Read more at his website: https://www.johnpmccormackdesign.com/

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