Metal Vertical Bandsaw

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Vertical Metal Bandsaw

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Community Facilitators are volunteers who to advise MakeHaven members on projects and show members how to use the tools.

Facilitator hours will be BY APPOINTMENT during their listed hours. To make an appointment, contact the facilitator directly via Slack. To prevent unnecessary space access during the pandemic, facilitators will not be in the space unless they have an appointment. Note that some facilitators are available only for online virtual appointments at this time. Any questions please email

Community Facilitators are volunteers who to advise MakeHaven members on projects and show members how to use the tools.

Member Photo Next Scheduled Hours

Darryl Bray

Metal Shop

Thursday Oct 28, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Mara Heneks

Metal Shop

Monday Nov 1, 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Alex Murdoch

Metal Shop (Machining)

Tuesday Nov 2, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Coleman Merchant

Metal Shop & Electronics

Wednesday Nov 3, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Special Requirements: 

Buddy System

Tools identified as requiring the buddy system can not be used alone by a member in the space. Another person who is willing and able to respond in an emergency must be identified, informed and consent that they are acting as a buddy.  This buddy must remain in the space and be able to observe if any issue arises. The designated buddy must be able to see and hear their partner in person (not just video). Metal shop buddy must be in the metal shop with opperator. The buddy must inform the member operating the tool if they intend to leave so that the tool operator can stop use of any tools requiring the buddy system.  

Closed-Toe Shoes

Closed toed shoes are required.

Eye Protection

Eye protection at or surpassing the ANSI Z87.1-2015 standard for specific tools, as well as at all times when in wood or machine shop.

Secure Loose Items

Including sleeves, headphones, hoodie strings,  long hair.

Instructions for Use: 

Prior to use:
• Evaluate the work piece material type and appropriateness of the saw, saw blade, and cutting
• Determine the location and angle(s) of cuts required. Mark lines clearly on the work piece.
• Determine the required fixturing/tooling/clamping/cutting stops/supports needed.
• Prepare a cutting plan.
o Determine if relief cuts are necessary to remove the blade from the work piece. These
are cuts that cut through scrap portions of your cut out to give a better angle on
accessing a section of the work piece. It is safer to make a lot of relief cuts and cut a
tight curve in short sections than to try and make one long, inaccurate cut.
o Determine if push sticks/blocks are needed to keep all body parts out of the path of the
• Obtain personal protective equipment (safety glasses /shields) hearing protection and remove
all loose clothing, jewelry and securely tie back all long hair/beards.

At the band saw:
• With the tool off inspect the tool. Look for damage, missing guards, and blade
condition/tension/tracking. Look for missing teeth.
• Inspect the work area and remove any obstructions and trip hazards.
• Adjust guides and guards such that they are no more than ¼” above the work piece. The blade
should be 1/32” from the rear roller bearing behind the blade (see Diagrams/Illustrations).

Cutting process:
• Turn on the band saw and listen for unusual and unsteady sounds. If clicking or ticking is heard,
shut down the saw and seek supervision.
• Let the blade reach full speed before attempting the cut.
• Start cutting – apply steady pressure against blade while following your cutting plan- do relief
cuts first.
• Use push blocks, miter guide or appropriate scraps of material in order to maintain a safe
distance from the blade.

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