The table saw is the center of most woodshops. Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is also one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this two part class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project.
The first session will focus on how to operate the table saw. We will cover three of the most common cuts; ripping, cross cutting, and dados. Students will learn to change blades, and set up simple jigs to precisely cut parts. In the second session we will make a small project from sheet goods. We will cover the best way to lay out parts, and how to cut and fit them to achieve accurate results. The project and the skills learned from it provide excellent fundamentals for larger projects students may wish to undertake on their own.
At the end of this class the students should be comfortable using a table saw safely, including changing blades and using dado blades and a variety of sleds and miter gauges. Students will also have an understanding of how to lay out simple woodworking projects to make the most efficient use of their time and materials, and will have a completed a small project to take home!
Students must be at least 18 years of age. No previous woodshop training required!
All necessary materials will be provided, and are covered by a $20 materials fee included in the cost of registration.
What to Bring:
Please dress appropriately for shop work: closed toed shoes, no baggy clothing or draping sleeves, no dangling jewelry or accessories, and something with which to tie back long hair.
Chris Haynes learned furniture building at North Bennett Street School, and MassArt. He currently runs the model shop for Architecture and Industrial Design at MassArt, and volunteers as a wood shop monitor at the Artisan's Asylum.
This two-week class will run once in August, Sunday afternoons August 10 & 17.
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.