Woodworking: Table Saw Essentials
What you'll learn
- This instructional course provides you with must-have information for setting up and safely using your table saw.
- How to rip and crosscut, set up a stackable dado head, cut rabbets and more.
- What differentiates one blade from another and when they should be used.
- No, there are not any course requirements or prerequisites for this course.
It’s hard to imagine a woodworking shop that doesn’t include a table saw. Whether you’re rough cutting stock to size, taking it to its final dimensions, or doing the joinery required for your woodworking project, a table saw has you covered. This instructional video course, produced in conjunction with the Woodworkers Guild of America, provides you with must-have information for setting up and safely using your table saw.
Your table saw won’t be much good to you if you don’t have it set up correctly. You’ve got to check the alignment of the blade to the miter gauge slot and the rip fence, and make sure the saw is cutting at 90-degrees. We’ll show you high- and low-tech methods, so you can choose the approach that works best for you.
It’s important to use the right tool for the job, and this is very true of table saw blades. Alternate top bevel, triple chip grind, flat top grind, hook angle, tooth count….what does it all mean? What differentiates a rip blade from a crosscut blade? You’ll learn exactly what you need to know to make certain you’re always putting the right blade on the saw.
Ripping, crosscutting, or cutting dadoes, you need to make sure you’re safe. This course provides you with safety rules for the table saw, and shows you where to stand, how to position your hands, and how to stay out of harm’s way.
With the saw properly set up and safety techniques at your fingertips, you’re ready to get to work. Woodworkers Guild of America Instructor George Vondriska will teach you how to rip and crosscut, set up a stackable dado head, cut rabbets, and even how to cut non-ferrous metal; essential techniques for getting the most out of your saw.
In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this course provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the class instruction; and a resources document that will help you find the products and elements you’ll see in the course.
Who this course is for:
- Woodworkers interested in learning more about working with their table saw
Formally trained as a Technology Education teacher, George Vondriska has been teaching woodworking since 1986, and has been the Managing Editor of Woodworkers Guild of America since 2007. In addition to teaching classes at his own Vondriska Woodworks School, George teaches at woodworking shows across the country and has taught woodworking for the Peace Corps/Swaziland, Andersen Window, Northwest Airlines, and the Pentagon. George has had numerous magazine articles published, from tool reviews to shop improvement projects.