Bench Saw

What is a Bench Saw?

A bench saw or table saw is a woodworking tool consisting of a circular saw blade, mounted on an arbor, that is driven by an electric motor. The blade protrudes through the surface of a table, which provides support for the material, usually wood, being cut. The depth of the cut is varied by moving the blade up and down: the higher the blade protrudes above the table, the deeper the cut that is made in the material.

Why use a Bench Saw?

The Bench Saw is used to make long straight cuts through large timber materials.


The Machine Workshop offers a range of training to help you learn how to use different tools. This training includes:

  1. Machine Workshop Website

    Read through the website to get an understanding of what the Workshop offers.

  2. Attend a Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction

    Attend a Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction available every weekday afternoon from 1:00 - 2:00 during Open Access hours.

  3. Attend Open Access Session

    Additional training and assistance as required can be provided during Open Access times. Just ask one of the Machine Workshop technicians if you have any questions or need any support.

For a full explanation of the training available visit the Training Centre.


The equipment in the Machine Workshop is available for you to book and use when you have completed the required safety training and inductions. If this is your first time using this tool, you will be complete the Level 03 Machine Specific SAfety Induction before you use it.

To use the Angle Grinder you must complete the following safety inductions:

The Machine Workshop Open Access sessions take place every weekday afternoon, Monday – Friday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

For more information about the Safety Training and Inductions for the Machine Workshop head to the Access page.


There is no cost to students for the use of the angle grinder, however materials should be supplied by the student.

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