|Forum topic by jonlan||posted 05-01-2016 03:02 PM||634 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
05-01-2016 03:02 PM
Hi All – Looking for more advice on how you guys use these tools.
The next power tool Im after is a scroll or band saw. I think eventually I’d like to have both, but Im trying to prioritize from a cost and shop size perspective. Here’s my current thought process on each tool…
Scroll Saw – I like the idea that it’s technically a bench top tool but can be stand mounted as well. The third bay of my garage is my wood shop so space is at a premium. There are times that I need to do intricate saw work and my jig saw just isnt small or accurate enough. This is the cheaper of the two tools as well.
Band Saw – I’d really like to start resawing lumber into planks. I have an almost unlimited supply of smaller logs that I could very easily turn into project planks with a band saw. I think I can do most of the pattern cutting that I would do on the scroll saw with this as well (except the times I need to pop the blade into the middle of a board). This is the more expensive tool.
Given that the scroll saw will likely be stand mounted at some point, Im not sure if the band saw really takes up that much more space. I’m trying really hard to buy tools that I wont feel the need to upgrade later when I have the space. Im still kicking myself for buying a benchtop drill press when in reality a floor standing unit really takes up just as much space considering it sits on a stand and would have been much more powerful.
One of the bigger applications Im interested in is pattern or template making. I imagine I could use either saw to make templates though. Or do people prefer one over the other for that application? Im guessing you could use either considering you’d need to sand the template edges smooth in most case after using either.
Lots of rambling here – but Im curious for those of you that have both which one you’d recommend getting first and why.