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Blackie_

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1007 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw scroll saw

I just purchased a Griz GO555P 14” with riser and I already had in my inventory an old craftsman scroll saw which only excepts 3” blades I am pondering on replacing this one for a new larger model so my question now is that since I have the Band Saw do I really need a scroll saw?

Thanks

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jeepturner

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#1 posted 1007 days ago

Depends on what kind of work you want the scroll saw for. If you only want it for scroll work,(cutting outside curves) then the band saw would work. If you plan or want to do fret work, where you need to remove trapped material, the band saw wouldn’t work.
I have a band saw and a Dremel scroll saw and I use both.

-- Mel,

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 1007 days ago

My main interest right now is crafting boxes, am already enjoying making them on the band saw so what does a scroll saw offer in that area? I’m guessing tighter turns, smaller boxes.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1007 days ago

Haven’t even plugged my scroll saw in since getting a band saw , but I haven’t made any small projects either.
Only you know what your interests are and what tools you need or prefer to accomplish them with.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dallas

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#4 posted 1007 days ago

When used for boxes you can drill a hole in the appropriate spot, insert the scroll saw blade, then connect it to the saw and cut the inside area out.
You can’t do that with a band saw unless you have a blade welder on hand, and it’s still a PITA. I detest cutting and welding a perfectly good blade for one hole!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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richgreer

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#5 posted 1007 days ago

I own a relatively good (and somewhat expensive) scroll saw that I never use. I have no interest in typical scrolling work. On those few occasions that I want to cut out an internal piece, I grab my handheld jigsaw that serves me well enough.

IMO – real scroll saws are only for those who what to do intricate scrolling work. That’s not me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Pdub

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#6 posted 1007 days ago

You’ll need to decide how intricate you want to get. If you are not going to get into; as Rich put it “intricate scrolling work” then I wouldn’t buy another scroll saw.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 1007 days ago

I’ve had my old 16” Delta scroll saw for +15yr when I bought my 14” Rikon BS. I STILL used the scroll saw when cutting ~4in holes in 3/4in ply for my DC separator. Can’t do that on a BS.

My advice it KEEP IT because at some point you will still need it.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 1007 days ago

Actually I think I do want to scroll :)

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Jim Finn

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#9 posted 1007 days ago

I have a band saw and two scroll saws and use all of them. I do double bevel ihnlays with the scroll saws and resaw a lot with the band saw. The band saw cuts a lot faster than the scroll saw and is better for cutting streight lines but the finish on the cut of a scroll saw is far and away much better than the finish of a band saw cut. I use a scroll saw to make these boxes band saw will not work with this type of box:

-- In God We Trust

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 1007 days ago

Thanks Jim, that’s the kind of stuff I’d like to do as well. I’m hoping santa might have one for me. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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blackcherry

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#11 posted 1007 days ago

Consider the Carter Stablizer here a video of the unit….http://www.carterproducts.com/product.asp?product_id=482&cat_id=14 ....This unit will convert your bandsaw to a scroll saw in a mater of minutes. It meant to be used with 1/4 inch blades and smaller the video will show you more, hope this helps…Blkcherry

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Elizabeth

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#12 posted 1006 days ago

The stabilizer still won’t let you do inside cuts for fretwork, though.

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blackcherry

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#13 posted 1006 days ago

Your absolutely right Elizabeth.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 1006 days ago

+1 for the Carter stabilizer except for the inside cuts. It allows very tight cuts and really speeds blade changes (don’t have to readjust upper and lower guides every time you change blades).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 1006 days ago

I’ll give that carter a look at, may have to give them a call, I didn’t see one for the grizz 14” but they did have one for the 16” and it looked like it would fit mine.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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