March Guild Meeting - Bob Van Dyke on Special Table Saw Techniques

  • March 12, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Hybrid meeting - In-person and on Zoom


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In-person and on Zoom - hybrid meeting. To attend in-person, please see preregistration information on the main page of the website or in the emailed meeting announcement - registration button to the left.

For In-Person: Woodcraft-Walpole, 3 Walpole Park S., Walpole, MA 02081

For Zoom, the link is:


The Guild is pleased to once again have Bob Van Dyke as our presenter for the March meeting.  His bio from his school's website is copied below and after that, his description of his proposed talk.

Bob's Bio:

After 18 years as an award-winning chef, Bob began a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993, when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking. In seven years of operation, the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Manchester, Ct., Woodcraft store and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The school was an instant success and the demand for classes so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously.

Bob continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working commissioned furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. He is a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking Magazine and has been featured in Woodshop News.

Bob's approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn by doing rather than by watching. Successful contemporary furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob's classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that require the mastery of a combination of hand tools

Here's Bob's description of his planned presentation:

No– Your tablesaw is NOT trying to kill you! Getting More from your Tablesaw Than you ever Thought was Possible–

The tablesaw is one of the most basic and common shop machines in use– but it is it is frequently misunderstood, and it is rarely used to its fullest potential.

In this unique demonstration Fine Woodworking Contributing Editor, Bob Van Dyke will begin with a review of basic techniques and concepts for safe and effective use of this shop workhorse. 

Bob will go on to demonstrate the use of a number of shopmade jigs that will increase your efficiency and accuracy. Using a spacer and twin rip blades to cut tenons that fit perfectly right off the saw, making simple crosscut sleds for specific tasks like cutting dovetails, using a simple spacer to cut accurate knuckle joints, and using a little-known tablesaw fixture called an “L” fence are just a few of the jigs and fixtures you will learn about. We will examine the practical applications for these fixtures and then go on to explore techniques for cutting accurate straight & angled tenons and safe and efficient ways to cut bevels on large panels without getting any burning.

This comprehensive demonstration will leave you wondering -“It is so simple! Why didn't I think of that!”

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