Andy Rae

The Bandsaw: Setting Up for Successful Sawing

Andy Rae
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Meet your instructor, Andy Rae, and learn about proper bandsaw care and maintenance. See which blades are best for each cut and learn how to make sure your saw wheels are in tip-top shape. Andy demonstrates how to install a blade and adjust the guides for perfect cuts every time.
Discover which inexpensive and easy-to-install accessories can increase your safety and cutting efficiency, then delve into making cuts using a fence. Andy offers his advice for using stock, magnetic and resaw fences and how to adjust your fences to account for drift.
Learn how to make straight cuts on pieces big and small, freehand or with a fence. Andy demonstrates proper and safe techniques for feeding your wood through your saw, no matter the size. Then, see how you can use your bandsaw to create perfect-fitting lap joints and tenons.
Using a few simple jigs (plans are in your class materials) you can cut perfect arcs and circles with your bandsaw. Learn how to freehand cut a piece of wood that has undulating curves that constantly move against the grain of the wood. Finally, discover how you can use a pattern with your bandsaw, perfect for cutting circles or pieces you replicate often.
4 Lessons
1  hrs 50  mins

Build your knowledge of essential bandsaw skills alongside professional woodworker Andy Rae. Start with how to maintain and adjust your machine for better performance. Next, explore inexpensive and easy-to-use accessories that will help you cut more efficiently and safely. See how different fences can assist you in making accurate cuts. Then, learn proper bandsaw techniques for making straight cuts on any size piece of wood. Andy will even show you how to create perfect-fitting lap joints and tenons with your bandsaw. Plus, find out how a few simple jigs allow you to cut perfect arcs and circles.

Andy Rae

Andy Rae has been working with wood for more than three decades, designing and building furniture as well as teaching and writing about the craft. His work has been featured in galleries, museums and the homes of clients around the world. Andy has written more than 100 articles for publications such as Fine Woodworking, American Woodworker and Woodcraft Magazine. He's also the author of five books, including Furniture and Cabinet Construction (Taunton Press, 2001) and Working With Wood (Taunton Press, 2005).

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2 Responses to “The Bandsaw: Setting Up for Successful Sawing”

  1. Tom David

    Andy, I have had a Delta 14" Bandsaw with the optional riser block and an upgraded 1 HP motor for a good 40+ years. Your class made me realize how much of it's capability I was unaware of and therefore missing out on using it to it's full capability. I have only good things to say about your presentation. My feedback or comment relates back to my vague recollection of a memory from my two year General Electronics course that I took at a local trade school oh so many years ago. It relates to magnetized objects and magnets themselves. I seem to recall that exposing magnetized objects to the constantly reversing magnetic field surrounding an AC conductor will render them un-magnetized, as an example the de-gauseing coils used to demagnetize early CRT based color TV screens. I guess I could Google this to see if my recollection is correct but hey, how often to I get to send a message to a woodworking legend like yourself. To the point; will using permanent magnets to secure your bandsaw lamp-cord to the saw frame to keep it out of the way, exposing the magnets close to the constantly reversing magnetic field generated by the 60 Htz AC lamp cord, eventually render the magnets un-magnetized and have you wondering what in the heck happened to my magnets? Just curious. Anybody know for sure? Thanks for a very informative and well-done course. Tom


    why can I not get this video to run?

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