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Bandsaw Basics

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Roland Johnson
Fine Woodworkig Magazine

To me one the real joys of woodworking is that hand tools and power tools can so effectively complement each other. There are days when my shop is a raucous cacophony of whirling cutters and singing blades and other days where hours of tranquilly reflective work create the Zen of Woodworking atmosphere that we often romanticize as the only way, and I enjoy every day.

Charles Bender
Chuck Bender Woodworking

Chuck has been building furniture since he was 12. For ten years he worked at Irion Company Furniture Makers leaving as head of their chair and casework production. Since 1991, he has earned a reputation as a builder of the highest quality 18th century reproduction furniture. In 2007, he started the Acanthus Workshop to become a woodworking mentor, instructor and author. In 2013 He worked for Popular Woodworking Magazine as a senior editor. In 2014 he ventured out on his own and with a couple of woodworkers and helped co-found 360 Woodworking. Fast forward to 2021 and Chuck is focusing on furniture building, classes from Chuck Bender Woodworking, and educating for The Woodworking Shows


The bandsaw is the safest machine in the workshop, which makes it one of the most dangerous. Often woodworkers opt to center their shop around a bandsaw because they’re considered to be safe and versatile. If you haven’t used a bandsaw much in your woodworking, let Chuck Bender walk you through the basics of how to safely operate this time-honored tool.