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Online Class

The Bandsaw: Setting Up for Successful Sawing

Learn how to use a bandsaw to make beautiful cuts safely and easily.

What You Get

  • 4 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Andy Rae
  • Closed captioning available (web only)


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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Your Saw Ready
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.
2. Fences, Blades & Accessories
3. Straight Cuts & Joinery
4. Curves & Bevels

Taught by

Andy Rae
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).