Bandsaw Basics

  • Saturday, September 24, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO092422JS
  • 2


  • $72 + $10 materials fee
  • $55 + $10 materials fee

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* This class has prerequisites. Please see below.

If you want to be more effective and safer when using the three main bandsaws in the Wood Studio, this class is for you.

A bandsaw seems 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. And 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 per week.

You will learn about the mechanics of the saw and blades, and how to evaluate the saw’s readiness for your stock. You will 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, you will learn how to determine when stock requires special handling for safety, and how to use shims or other support for stabilization.

You will learn about cuts of various kinds, including circles, tight shapes that require relief cuts and duplicate cuts best done with templates, plus the essentials for resawing stock.

You will be encouraged to ask questions relevant to your own project interests, and to share any problems you've had using bandsaws.


  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • * This class is open to those who have completed Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking CalendarPlease login to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you have completed the required prerequisites before you register for this class.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor: Jamie Straw. Jamie has been woodworking for more than 20 years and has experienceon all of the standard stationary tools of a wood shop. Her first floor-model tool was a bandsaw, which she uses for both sawing large woodturning blanks and processing dimensional lumber.

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