Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Getting the Most from Your Bandsaw with Michael Fortune

Dates: 6/6 - 6/6

Cost: $140
Deposit: $50

The bandsaw can be one of the most accurate and safe machines in your workshop-providing it is set up and used properly. New or even well used 12" or 14" bandsaws with only a 1/2 horse power motor can be tuned to cut precision joints or re-saw flawlessly without purchasing after-market accessories or expensive blades.

Installing new tires, selecting and setting blade tension, tracking, cutting curves, and re-sawing will be covered. A variety of useful jigs designed to be used with the bandsaw will be demonstrated. Illustrations will be provided so you can make your own. Michael operates one of the most diversely equipped workshops in North America. It includes three industrial table saws, and he cant remember the last time he ripped a piece of wood on the table saw. Instead, he prefers to use the smallest of his bandsaws, a 15" General. "I purchased my small band saw in 1974, tracked the blade once with only modest blade tension, installed the factory fence parallel to the miter slot and have not had to adjust it in 28 years," boasts Michael. Let the bandsaw master show you how to make this simple machine the most versatile in the shop.

Key Points:

  • Learn how to tune your bandsaw to make perfect cuts
  • Make a variety of jigs to make your bandsaw more productive
  • Learn bandsaw joinery
  • Learn correct re-sawing techniques
  • Learn to select blades
  • Select a bandsaw in todays market
  • Eliminate blade drift
  • Learn pattern bandsawing

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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Public Registration begins December 1, 2014. Please check back then to register online.

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