George Vondriska

Advanced Table Saw Techniques

George Vondriska
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This opening session simply gives you a brief overview of what you’ll see in the class, and the unique ways you can expand your table saw skills.
Want to make a couple duplicate parts? Or a couple hundred duplicate parts? With the addition of a simple jig you can use your table saw as a pattern cutter. This allows you to perfectly and precisely follow a template that has been fastened to your material. Follow this step with a flush trim router bit, and you can mass produce parts in no time.
When building a flag case, the bottom corners call for a very steep angle. There’s no way you can achieve this angle by simply angling the blade. You’ve got to add a jig that will let you safely hold the piece vertically. And, you’ve got to precisely set the angle. Don’t worry, we’ve got all the angles covered to help you get this right.
Need raised panels for your next project? No need to invest in an expensive panel raising bit. You can create raised panels on your table saw. The jig used for this process is very simple and allows you to create two distinctly different styles of panels.
Tapered legs on furniture have a much more delicate look than square legs. Learn the rules for laying out tapered legs, and how to transfer that geometry to a shop-made jig. With the jig in hand, along with a few rules for safe and accurate cutting, you’ll be able to easily and safely cut the tapers.
Making splines? Producing banding to cover plywood edges, or for Euro style cabinetry? Lots of operations require thin strips of wood. The jigs you’ll learn about in this session do not require you to remove the blade guard! They’re very simple to build, and to use. And they allow you to rip the thinnest of strips safely and accurately.
This has to be one of the coolest things you can do on a table saw. By feeding your material at an angle across the blade you can produce a round bottomed cove. You might use this as a decorative element or, on the edge of a panel, to create a coved raised panel. Step by step set up, along with a couple shop-made jigs, make this amazing process easy to do.
Circles? On a table saw? Who knew? The next time you need to cut a round table top, and you don’t want to freehand it with a jig saw or band saw, you’ll be thrilled to have this technique in your pocket. Hardwood, softwood or man-made material, the jig/table saw combo does a great job of producing perfect circles.
George shares how he first learned the table saw techniques he shows you.
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10 Lessons
1  hrs 43  mins

While it’s true that a table saw excels at ripping, crosscutting and dadoes, there’s so much more you can do on your saw. Buckle your seat belt and get ready to learn! You’re going to be amazed by the seven techniques you’ll learn in this class.

Some techniques require shop-made jigs, which you’ll be able to easily produce in your shop. With the jigs in hand, we’ll teach you how to:

  • Use your table saw as a pattern cutter to make identical parts

  • Cut extremely steep angles. This is a must-have skill for flag cases.

  • Make raised panels. No specialized panel raising router bit is required.

  • Safely cut tapered legs, and build the jig for handling them.

  • Safely rip very thin strips. Long or short pieces, our jigs have you covered.

  • Cut coves. This requires feeding material across the blade at an angle.

  • Cut circles. Yes, you can cut circles on the table saw using a simple jig.

Each of the seven techniques are broken down into easy-to-understand steps. You’ll see how to build any required jigs, and how to use the jigs on the table saw. You’ll also learn about what table saw blade works best for each of the operations. Safety is, of course, a huge consideration. You’ll learn about using safety devices, and how to protect yourself while using the table saw for these advanced techniques.

In addition to your video instruction, you’ll get a helpful class PDF that you can print out and take into the shop with you as a reminder of how to do each technique.

George Vondriska

Formally trained in technology education, George Vondriska has been teaching woodworking since 1986. He has been the managing editor of Woodworkers Guild of America since 2007. In addition to classes at his own Vondriska Woodworks School, George teaches at woodworking shows across the country and has taught woodworking for the Peace Corps, Andersen Window, Northwest Airlines and the Pentagon.

George Vondriska

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